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Gion Walking Tour by Night

  • Learn about the history and traditions of geishas in Kyoto
  • Visit places where Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed
  • Let your guide handle navigation through the Gion district
Gion Walking Tour by Night
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Group Walking TourMost Popular
100-minute group tour option for more reasonable price focusing on the Gion area, the central part of the Geisha district.
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.

Immerse yourself in Kyoto’s geisha culture on this Gion walking tour. Your guide will explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and many other terms, and you’ll learn about the history and traditions of Japan’s old capital. See famous movie locations, and upgrade for a longer tour with a private guide for a more in-depth experience.

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 locations 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 kimonos and hairstyles to rules and daily rituals. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a geisha on the street.

For a more in-depth experience, upgrade to a private tour. Your experience will be extended by two hours and you’ll see three Geisha areas in total—Gion, Pontocho, and Miyagawacho.

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1 - 5 of 38 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago
Atmospheric Tour of Tradition

This was a fascinating tour where we discovered some of the traditional ways of life of the novice Geishas, Maikas through their training in music, song, arts and gaming into graduation as a Geisha. It is all shrouded in secrecy and intrigue which makes it...More

Thank I H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Mia was our guide. Not a dull moment. For over 2 hours we received a full course about the Geicko and Maiko world, walking between landmarks in beautiful Gion area.

1  Thank Gad S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Really useful information and History.

Although the information was interesting, it felt like we were on a route march, and we only really learnt about the Geisha culture, and not much else. It was really helpful in seeing and learning about the area, nevertheless. It would have been better if...More

1  Thank VickyB1291
Reviewed 1 week ago
Informative but too many people on this tour - hard to find start point

When I was looking at this tour, i misread as thought only 15 people would be on the tour. So eventually finding the start point I was shocked to see so many people and was was split into 2 groups each group having about 35...More

2  Thank Greg W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Educational and fun

Learn about the Geisha and the Maiko by walking through the popular Gion District at night with a local guide. Small group walking tour, learned so much and loved the opportunity to peak into alley ways and feel a part of history.

Thank 150beth
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23 August 2018|
Response from robertfs2017 | Reviewed this property |
My tour lasted about 90minutes and involved some walking but was good just be aware that there could be a large number of people on it and keep you camera ready in case you see a Geisha or Maiko hurrying by you will need to... More