Guided tour

Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District

Activity provider: WaRaiDo Guide Networks
Guided tour

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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  • 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.
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

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

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Not allowed

  • Video recording

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

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 887 reviews

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We took the tour around 6pm so it was already dark outside. Our Tourguide welcomed us with a candy and got us to the most interesting parts of gion. We even saw two Maikos and a geiko Unfortunately due to the busy streets it was sometimes hard to understand. And our tourguide really had some speed. Since we were with handicapped people, it was hard to keep up and still enjoy her stories.

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March 18, 2023

Loved my tour guide & the content of the tour itself. It was really informative, I learned so much about geisha & maiko culture. Everything I learned made me experience Kyoto differently — for example, I was able to understand what different signs on buildings meant, to distinguish private, exclusive teahouses from establishments that are open to the public. Absolutely recommend this tour to anyone who is at all interested in learning more about geisha culture and what geishas do.

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March 5, 2023

It was a good tour. The group was very large (20+) and hard to hear at times. Unfortunately there was no opportunity to ask questions either. However the content was really interesting and the guide was great. We were taken to beautiful parts of Gion and were lucky enough to see a few Geisha’s.

December 27, 2022

Product ID: 70438