Guided tour

Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District

Activity provider: WaRaiDo Guide Networks

Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District

Activity provider: WaRaiDo Guide Networks
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 12 per person

Visit Gion, Kyoto’s most traditional district, where the world of geisha is still alive. Your local guide will explain the history and the lives of the geisha as you explore this picturesque area. Learn about the kimono, the geisha hairstyle, and more.

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Duration 100 minutes
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the world of geisha on a night walk through Gion
  • Get insider tips from a local guide
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the district
Full description
Experience one of the most popular walking tours in Kyoto, joined by nearly 5,000 guests annually. This 100-minute guided walk is led by a licensed English-speaking guide and takes you through nighttime Gion. The tour begins at Gion Omoide Museum, connected to a traditional pastry shop. Walk down the classic cobblestoned streets next to the Shirakawa River, and admire the scenery that was featured in the book and film, Memoirs of a Geisha. As you walk beside this beautiful stream, the guide will tell you about the history of geisha and give you a detailed explanation in regards to their kimono, hairstyle, traditional rules, and what their daily life is like. Although it is not guaranteed, during the walking tour guests often encounter geisha walking along the street.
Includes
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

In front of Gion Omoide Museum (connected to the Izutsu Yatsuhashi pastry shop).

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • To receive the child discount, a valid ID must be presented
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 784 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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A well thought out tour around some beautiful parts of Gion that tied in very well with the history our guide shared with us. Ayu-san has excellent English and was able to answer a variety of questions very well. The tour was well paced and not overly taxing. A few stairs to climb around the temple, but no steep hills to navigate.

May 3, 2022

This was an amazing step into the world of Kyoto’s Geiko and Maiko district, Gion. I was simply shocked by how much I didn’t know about the it! Luckily, my guide Ayu was super helpful and knowledgeable about the subject of the tour and honestly about anything I asked about concerning Kyoto and Japanese culture. It was a great time that I can’t recommend enough if you want to know about the area and Kyoto in general.

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April 6, 2022

An excellent and informative tour that took us around the Gion district at night. Aya took us through the historical period and linked it in with today where we learnt about this unique culture that is still very much alive today. She showed us pictures that added perspective and demonstrated historical changes really well. I highly recommend this tour.

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December 25, 2019

Product ID: 70438