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

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 794 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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The tour was amazing, we could explore the Gion neighbourhood and also learn more about the Geikos and Maikos (commonly known as Geishas outside Kyoto). The guide was so kind and also she waited with us after the tour to see real Maikos and Geikos! Finally, we asked for a place to have dinner and she recommended us a place.

August 11, 2022

This was an evening walk through the Kyoto district Gion. The meeting place was easy to find and our guide was on time and easy to spot. The time for the tour was perfect to see Gion in daylight, twilight and darkness. We learned a lot about the Geisha or Geiko in Kyoto, which would have been difficult without a guided tour. A really great experience!

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August 4, 2022

An excellent value for money and in-depth walking tour that allows one to truly delve into the depths of Kyotian culture, (especially the Geisha of course.) Without this tour, I would have not been able to truly "sense" the beat of Kyoto's heart. It was only with our guide's knowledge that I was able to even scratch the surface to appreciating this beautiful, vibrant city and its History.

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June 29, 2022

Product ID: 70438