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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
From US$11.06
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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.

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 1 week ago
Very Informative

Our guide was very informative and had a visual photo book to further help us understand the culture of Geisha's. For the very affordable price I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of places we visited and was thoroughly taught of the ways of the...More

Thank Jenna M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Really great tour with Elly. entertaining and informative. would highly recommend!

Elly's tour was very informative. We walked by lots of interesting and historical places. Elly did a great job at telling us about the history of Japan. We got pretty lucky and spotted a few Maikos walking around. Would definitely recommend this tour!

Thank wildcat9919
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Really Interesting tour at a great price.

The tour focuses on the Geisha culture in the Gion district of Kyoto including a history of the Tea Houses where Geisha and Meiko (apprentice Geisha) work. The tour works on many levels. It's an interesting walk around a scenic part of Kyoto a stranger...More

1  Thank Evan J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gion by Night

Elle, was our pleasant tour guide. She was nice, informative, entertaining and patient (as 1 guest was bit talkative). Only 8 people in our group, so one could hear what was being said. Gave full historical account of Gion and Geisha (Ge-ko-san & Mi-ko-san) and...More

Thank RNRoller4
Reviewed 12 July 2018
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

1  Thank tutUk
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12 July 2018|
Response from helen s | Reviewed this property |
approx 2 hours walking