Guided tour

Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District

Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District

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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  • 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
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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.
  • 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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  • To receive the child discount, a valid ID must be presented
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based on 780 reviews

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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

Our guide was very knowledge about the history of Gaisha. Her explanation enable us to appreciate the culture and history of Gion and Giesha a lot more. Our Kyoto trip wouldn't have been such enjoyable and memorable without this night walk. It was a good start of any Kyoto trip if you want to understand more about the place and what makes it such a magical and memorable place to visit.

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December 15, 2019

This tour is highly recommended! First of all, even if it rained the tour still continued. Secondly, we went to several districts in Gion that if I were to do it on my own I wouldn’t be able to appreciate it. The tour was so informative that I learned a lot about geishas and the area as well. Thirdly, we were able to see a maiko-san! I think it was the highlight of the tour- being able to see a real geisha. Of course we were just lucky to have seen one but if I alone saw her I probably would have mistaken her as a tourist dressed in kimono. But since our guide Aiu was with us, it was she who told us that that it was a real maiko-san. Anyways, this tour is highly recommended! Just be prepared for lots of walking! But all in all it was a great tour.

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November 24, 2019

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