Gion Walking Tour by Night

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Gion Walking Tour by Night
from £9.54
Gion is Kyoto’s most traditional district where the culture of kagai, the world of maiko and geiko is still alive. Though many tourists come to Gion, it can be difficult to grasp the magnitude and beauty of Gion completely. Your guide will explain the history of kagai, the lives of maiko and geiko and even take you to the backstreets of Gion. Walk with a knowledgeable, licensed English-speaking guide and discover the depths of the Old Capital, Kyoto.
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In Brief

Kyoto, Japan
1 hour 40 minutes
Group Walking Tour: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Private Walking Tour: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001 Kyoto Prefecture

Join one of the most popular walking tours conducted by well-educated English-speaking guides in Japan with approximately 5000 guests a year. You will start exploring the hidden street of the Geisha district during the 100 minutes-tour. Take a walk down the classic cobblestone streets next to the Shirakawa river, the scenery of which was featured in the novel and movie, "Memoirs of a Geisha." While you walk along this beautiful stream, the guide will also tell you the history of geisha and give you a detailed explanation in regards to thier kimono, hairstyle, traditional rules and how thier daily life is like. Although there is no gurantee, during the walking tour, guests will often encounter geisha walking in the streets. Get ready to learn everything there is to know about world of the maiko and geiko! Or you can choose the private tour option for different price. In this option, your private guide takes you to the total three Geisha districts such as Ponto-cho, Miyagawa-cho and Gion with more in-detail explanation and hidden story for extended two hours.

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes


  • Professional, English-speaking guide


  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off

Departure Time

6:00 PM

Departure Point

Japan, 〒605-0079 Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku, Tokiwachō, 178 井筒八ッ橋本舗北座祇園本店

Returns To

Gion Corner, 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0074, Japan

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for participants with serious medical conditions
  • This tour has a maximum of 15 passengers per booking. If you require a booking for more than 15 passengers, please create a separate booking. Please note that more than 50 passengers may join the tour depending on the conditions of the tour departure date.
  • Small-group tour option (less than 8 guests guaranteed) can be chosen for different price
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Our guide Mia(?) was fantastic. Very funny, informative and took us through some beautiful spots. Highly recommend Nigel
• Submitted 24 Jan 2020
Fascinating, fun and informative I would thoroughly recommend this tour. It was a real insight into the Geisha ways and traditions.
• Submitted 21 Jan 2020
The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The group was rather large, so it wasn't always possible to hear the guide. Overall, I would recommend this to a friend.
• Submitted 02 Dec 2019
It rained during our tour and I was impressed with Momo, our guide who carried on with the tour in the rain despite the tough conditions. Very professional and I learnt more about geisha on the tour. Highly recommended!
• Submitted 23 Oct 2019
There were a lot of people but we split into groups and our tour leader was very knowledgeable and easy to get a long with. In spite of our group size we were able to hear fine. We learnt things about the Gion we would not have known without googling.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2019
Nice walk in the Gion area. Nice guide with a lot of explanations. 1 and half hour walking. Group was quite big. Good to lkearn the Geisha history and good to see some nice locations in the district. Sure worth the effort and not expensive!
• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
My family and I took a day trip to Kyoto so we really wanted to get the most out of our day. Booking this tour was by far the best decision. Our tour guide was informative and professional. We learned so much and had a blast!
• Submitted 20 Aug 2019
A highly informative tour about the world of Giesha and Gion. The guide took us not only through the larger points of history but also through some trivia and traditions. Of course, the location itself should be on everyone's bucket list.
• Submitted 20 Aug 2019
Very good tour, we visited Goin area and Yasaka Shrine. A lot of information about Geisha and it's history.I recommend everyone who visit Goin take this tour
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
We have a wonderful tour guide called Mei who showed us around the Gion district and explained the history of the area. She was warm and funny and had lots of stories. I would highly recommend doing this on your first night to get your bearings and to enjoy the rest of your stay in Kyoto.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was a beautiful tour. Gion is very beautiful.The tour guide, Ayoko was very nice and explained everything well with very good English. The history of the district and geisha was also very interesting. We were lucky enough to see a Maiko on our tour. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn More about geishas and the history of Japan and Gion.
• Submitted 26 Oct 2018
Our guide, Yuki, was very engaging ... took us thru important facts about geiko/maiko life ... she was very patient with our questions ... a very ideal guide ... thank you!
• Submitted 01 Oct 2018
Yuri did a wonderful job guiding our family group of 8. Excellent English and explanations. We saw about 7 maiko and 1 geiko which was awesome! Yuri also took the time to find us a fabulous restaurant afterwards to cater to our dirty requirements no wheat. Thanks and highly recommended!!!
• Submitted 11 Aug 2018
This was an amazing tour. Bit tricky to find the meeting place as there was not signage but well worth the adventure.
• Submitted 28 Apr 2018
We really enjoyed our tour of Gion. It was fun and informative. Our tour guide spoke excellent English and is probably one of the best tour guides I have ever had.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2018
This tour was great, got a great flavour for the history and culture of this lovely city
• Submitted 19 Mar 2018
Loved the tour!! The guide was informative and fun at same time. Highliy recommended
• Submitted 04 Feb 2018
Brilliant guide and learned of things we had never have known or seen without her. Loved it!
• Submitted 27 Jan 2018
Our tour guide, Ted-san, was very informative. Without this private walking tour, we would have no idea where the teahouses were located, or what the signage meant. It was very educational and a beautiful chilly evening walk. Taking the tour at night added to the Geisha experience.
• Submitted 07 Jan 2018
Had a very informative time. our guide Ally was very knowledgable and patient. She answered most of our queries. We were lucky enough to spot a Maiko as she was going out. Our group standing right infront of a boarding house. For the price that I paid , it was all worth it! Highly recommended.
• Submitted 28 Dec 2017
The tour guide was very knowledgable and informative and made the tour fun and interesting. We learned much about Maiko and Geisha and saw a Maiko quickly walking by. Fascinating. We did the tour on our first night in Kyoto. Highly recommend doing this tour and definitely do it on your first night in Kyoto, it will help you for rest of trip. Love Kyoto Gion area. A must do!
• Submitted 22 Dec 2017
Great tour! Very interesting! And with such a price it is a steal!
• Submitted 27 Nov 2017
The walking tour at night was very interesting and informative. The tour guide was well prepared and had a vast amount of information to share about the area and its history.
• Submitted 21 Nov 2017
This was a highlight of our trip and certainly the best value. Our guide Mie Tamada was outstanding - informative, humorous and utterly charming. After the tour, On our request she recommended an Izakaya for our dinner and then escorted us there. A fabulous evening.
• Submitted 26 Oct 2017

In Brief

Kyoto, Japan
1 hour 40 minutes
Group Walking Tour: Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Private Walking Tour: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday