Private tour

Kyoto: Private Rickshaw Tour of Gion and Higashiyama Area

4.9 / 5

9 reviews

Activity provider: Ebisuya Rickshaw

Kyoto: Private Rickshaw Tour of Gion and Higashiyama Area

Activity provider: Ebisuya Rickshaw

From US$ 62.03 per person

Take a private tour by traditional rickshaw, to discover the neighborhood of Higashiyama. See the main sights of this historic area, and pass through the geisha district of Gion. Discover Japanese culture and history with a knowledgeable guide.

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Duration 45 - 190 minutes
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Private group


  • Enjoy a private rickshaw tour through Higashiyama and the Gion area
  • Explore the charming and traditional streets of Higashiyama
  • Travel back in time as you pass traditional wooden townhouses
  • Stop to take photos at the most Instagram-worthy spots
Full description
Explore the traditional neighborhood of Higashiyama from the comfort of a rickshaw with a knowledgeable guide. Admire the well-preserved wooden townhouses, see some of Kyoto's most famous temples, and pass through the vibrant geisha district in the Gion area. Learn about Japanese culture, heritage, and customs on this private customizable tour. Meet your guide on the cobbled streets by the Kodaiji Temple in Higashiyama, a nationally designated historic area. Travel back in time as your guide pulls you through the historic neighborhood, filled with traditional buildings and shops. Stop to take photos at the most scenic spots in each location. Choose from 4 different tour durations to suit your schedule, from the introductory 45-minute tour, to the comprehensive tour of 3 hours and 10 minutes. With the longer tours, you’ll continue through the wealth of sights in Higashiyama and the northern part of Gion. Pass weeping willows that line a picturesque river, explore ancient temples, and travel through the streets of this amazing neighborhood.
  • Private rickshaw tour
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Photo stops
  • Souvenir postcard and sticker
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Admission fees unless specified in tour description
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the rickshaw stand by the Kodaiji Temple. Staff and guides will be standing on the corner of the Ichinenzaka and Nene Street.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Selfie sticks

Know before you go

  • It is suggested that you book in advance, as there are a limited number of English-speaking guides
  • Adult pricing applies to children aged 6 and over
  • Up to 2 children (aged 5 and under) can ride with 2 adults (children have to sit on an adult's lap, one child per adult)
  • If a child of 0-5 years will be using one of the two seats of the rickshaw, it must book as an adult (full-fare paying guest)
  • Each rickshaw is 21.1 inches (74 centimeters) wide, so sometimes it might be more comfortable to book individual rickshaws for each passenger
  • Wheelchair and stroller-friendly
  • Not recommended for expecting mothers in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy
  • This tour can be customized depending on your interests
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 9 reviews

Review summary

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We would do it again immediately. Already on arrival, the drivers were very helpful and we took funny pictures. Because of my disability, I was afraid to join, but that was not a problem. We had a lot of fun and in good English we were told the details.

September 7, 2019

October 3, 2022

Our ride was an absolute joy!!! Mitsu was charming, spoke English, took time to explain everything, made sure my dad (80 years old) was warm and safe.

January 15, 2020

Product ID: 266267