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Gion Walking Tour by Night

  • No language barriers—an English-speaking guide will be there to translate
  • Visit places where Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed
  • Get local tips on the best parts of Gion to visit on this walking tour
Gion Walking Tour by Night
US$11 per adult
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Group Walking Tour
100-minute group tour option for more reasonable price focusing on the Gion area, the central part of the Geisha district.
US$10,92 per adult
Private Walking Tour
Privately guided two-hour option covering three Geisha districts, such as Ponto-cho, Miyagawa-cho and Gion to know more deeply about Geisha traditions.
US$22,76 per adult

This Gion walking tour is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in Kyoto’s geisha culture. Save time researching what Japanese words mean, as you’ll have a guide to explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and many other terms. You’ll learn about the history of Japan’s old capital, and important traditions. A fascinating way to tour Kyoto’s Gion district, with insider knowledge from an English-speaking guide.

What to Expect

Your walking tour of Japan’s old capital begins by meeting at the Gion Omoide Museum. You’ll explore Gion, which is famous for being the Geisha district of Kyoto. During the tour, your guide will point out areas that were featured in the book and movie Memoirs of a Geisha.

As you walk down cobbled streets and past a beautiful stream, you’ll hear stories of Kyoto’s ancient past. Your guide will educate you on the history of geisha—from their kimono to hairstyles, to rules, and daily rituals. If you’re lucky—you may even spot a geisha on the street.

If you’d like to enhance your tour, you can choose for it to be a private tour (additional costs). This tour option is extended by two hours and you’ll see three Geisha areas in total—Gion, Ponto-cho, and Miyagawa-cho. Your tour ends in front of the Gion corner.

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Reviewed 6 days ago
all i always wanted to know about geishas...

couple of hours with a good story telling that tells you all the secrets of the back street of Gion! perfect! Elie, our guide was very clear and gave a very accurate description of life in the district. We did not see any geisha...but I...More

Thank tutUk
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Gion by night private tour

We had a wonderful guide Momoka who took us all over the Gion area and taught us so much about the history of the area and of the true story of the Maiko and Gaiko. Led by an enthusiastic guide who speaks wonderful English. Highly...More

3  Thank catherine B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Great tour with quality guides

Fantastic way to spend the evening. Guides spoke very good English and made the trip very enjoyable with some great facts!

Thank AWGowdy
Reviewed 1 week ago
Gion by Night

We had around 15 of us on the tour with one English speaking guide; some people were late and allowed to join/ pay 15 mins into the tour. It was a gentle walk, all flat (e.g no hills but of course kerbs etc) The walk...More

Thank helen s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Very interesting tour, knowledgable guide, definitely worth the money!

At the meeting point, around 20 people gathered and there were 2 guides. Thankfully, they split the group in 2 smaller ones, so it felt more intimate and easy to handle. Our guide, Ellie, had great English and a lot of knowledge about the history...More

1  Thank efrat-exploring
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