Gion Walking Tour By Night - Kyoto

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Overview

Gion is Kyoto’s most traditional district where the culture of Kagai, the world of maiko and geiko is still alive. Though many tourists come to Gion, it can be difficult to grasp the magnitude and beauty of Gion completely. Your guide will explain the history of Kagai, the lives of maiko and geiko and even take you to the backstreets of Gion. Walk with a knowledgeable, licensed English-speaking guide and discover the depths of the Old Capital, Kyoto.
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Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Join one of the most popular walking tours conducted by licensed English-speaking guides in Japan with approximately 5000 guests a year.

Meet your guide at the Gion Omoide Museum and start exploring the hidden street of the Geisha district during this 100 minute-tour. Take a walk down the classic cobblestone streets next to the Shirakawa River, the scenery of which was featured in the novel and movie, "Memoirs of a Geisha." While you walk along this beautiful stream, the guide will also tell you the history of geisha and give you a detailed explanation in regards to their kimono, hairstyle, traditional rules and how their daily life is like.

Although there is no guarantee, during the walking tour, guests will often encounter geisha walking the streets. Get ready to learn everything there is to know about world of the maiko and geiko!

Or you can choose the private tour option for different price. In this option, your private guide takes you to total three Geisha districts such as Ponto-cho, Miyagawa-cho and Gion with more in-detail explanation and hidden story for extended 2 hours.

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Inclusions for Gion Walking Tour By Night

  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Walking tour
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Exclusions for Gion Walking Tour By Night

  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Not recommended for participants with serious medical conditions

A small amount of walking is involved

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

This tour has a maximum of 15 passengers per booking. If you require a booking for more than 15 passengers, please create a separate booking. Please note that more than 15 passengers may join the tour depending on the conditions of the tour departure date.

Private tour option can be chosen for different price

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • not too good, way overbooked

  • To be fair it was pouring on the night we did this so we abandoned the tour as we could not hear over the rain. We may have been able to stay if the group had been smaller. However even broken into two groups it was far too many. We had about forty in our group and it was just too many. Our guide was very informative but just too much noise to hear. We lasted about thirty minutes.

  • Unfortunately there were about 30 - 40 people on this tour. As it was raining we couldn't really enjoy this tour and actually abandoned it. It was difficult to hear the commentary or see the sights.Trying to find the meeting point was also a challenge. Unfortunately we could not give a genuine appraisal of this trip. Earlier in the day we had done a walking tour with the same guide, Mia, which had been very good with only 6 participants.

  • I would go so far as to say this should be a compulsory tour - it's very inexpensive, and it will help you a lot in understanding the area of Gion, the cultural relevance of geiko/maiko and why you shouldn't call them geisha!, and indeed you'll learn a lot about Kyoto.

    The tour group was fairly large and it was a bit cumbersome to be walkling around with so many people, and I would probably take off half a star but there's no option for half stars on this, and it certainly didn't get in the way of being able to hear and see everything, so I'm rounding up there.

    Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful, and she managed the walking group extremely well. There was young and old people in our group and I think the pacing was stellar with this in mind.

    Definitely worth doing - it's extremely cheap for what it is! I recommend doing this the first or second day you're in Kyoto, as you'll be given a lot of ideas for your next few days in this tour!

  • Great value for money and a detailed insight into the world of the geisha. Gentle strolling around Gion in a relatively small group. Tour leader was perfect.

  • On average - 4 stars - really good.

    The guide Mia - unsure of spelling was knowledgeable, fun, and her English was superbe.

    Where some 'stars' were lost is that we did not explore and walk as much as I expected and there are so many beautiful places to walk by and learn about Gion, history and culture.

    I appreciated the time Mia took to stop and explain to us what she had planned to discussed, of course. And she was very well prepared.

    However, what is 'out of her control', is the nature of the guests participating to the tour. I would suggest to Mia that when guests are asking too many questions, and at times inappropriate in my opinion, she could politely refer them to a great book to read about that particular topic. Some questions can be good, interesting and valuable, also fun to interact with the group, but at times, it was a bit much and some of the guests can 'take over the tour' and also not be appropriate in their behaviour. Difficult for any guide to deal with and Mia had a wonderful sense of humour and was very kind to all the guests, but perhaps limiting what we could have seen and learn from her. Striking a good balance is difficult for a guide. I completely get that.

    So overall all very good but I would suggest more walking, more exploring, more time listening and learning from Mia, and less time listening to the guests of the tour.

  • Tourguide Ellie was charming and did a great job of explaining Kyoto's geisha geiko and maiko culture, pointing out residences and party spots, and answering questions. However, while the Gion neighborhood is worth an informed stroll, we stood around for long periods, occasionally dodging cars and motorbikes. It became monotonous after a while, since the tour doesn't enter any buildings, and, it is a matter of luck whether you will actually see geikos or maikos.

  • This was probably the highlight of my entire 2 weeks in Japan. The tour guide Miya spoke the best English I heard in Japan. She was so knowledgeable and entertaining. Very very enjoyable. And I think the price was incredible cheap for just 10 USD. By contrast for a posh car and English speaking guided tour of Kyoto also very enjoyable I paid USD 350

  • Very informative and interesting
    I recommend it to any travellers in Kyoto

  • Mia was terrific, very knowledgeable and conducted the tour at an easy pace.

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USD 9.01