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Kyoto: All-Inclusive 3-Hour Food and Culture Tour in Gion

Kyoto: All-Inclusive 3-Hour Food and Culture Tour in Gion

From US$ 101.95 per person

Take a fully inclusive stroll-and-dine that features 2 local Kyoto standing bars, a meal's worth of tapas and small dishes, and a bonus fun and interesting journey through the famous Gion district's labyrinth of entertainment areas.

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Free cancellation
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, French, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Enjoy a large and varied dinner between two quality local restaurants, where regional tastes are featured
  • Visit Yasaka Jinja in the evening and bask in its nighttime aesthetic and get an enriching primer on Japan's main religions
  • Explore not just the Gion, but Ponto-cho area as well, where you'll be versed in what flourishes in the Geisha restaurant district today
  • Get to know other travelers in a small group of no more than 6 participants
  • Benefit from the services of an English, German, French, or Spanish-speaking guide
Full description
Explore the Gion district by night with an experienced English, German, French, or Spanish-speaking tour guide who knows everything there is to know about the area. The tour starts near Kamo river, where you’ll learn about how the tradition of Geishas came to be. After a short stroll along a busy commercial street, you’ll slip into a calm, quiet area to visit the Yasaka Jinja shrine. After that touch of education, it’s off to the Gion.   The Gion has secrets and history scattered across its narrow streets, but this is also a modern entertainment district—so it’s time for a deep dive into what goes on here. Your guide will keep it light and fun, and explain some of the more interesting cultural mores of these parts. Step into a restaurant and graze from a multitude of small plates at a sort of Japanese-style tapas experience. Enjoy a drink as well before continuing on.   Between restaurant stops, there will be an exploration of Kiyamachi, Ponto-cho, and some other commercial and nightlife streets. Your guide will show you both modern and historical Kyoto, painting a well-rounded picture that gives you a real sense of the place. This tour keeps the groups small and includes your food and drinks, so that you can have a carefree night like you’re simply hanging out with someone who knows the neighborhood. A delicious Kobe (or nearby sourced) Beef option is available on top of the usual food and drink. This option is for bookings at least 10 hours in advance.
  • A full dinner across two restaurants
  • Two drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • Gratuities (tipping is not the custom in Japan)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional drinks (may be purchased)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the life-size bronze Geisha statue (Statue of Izumo-no-Okuni), just outside exit 5 of Gion Shijo station. We recommend searching Google Maps for "Izumo-no-Okuni".

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Please indicate while booking those with allergies, or other food choice preferences.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 21 reviews

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Mardi was a well informed and enthusiastic American who speaks and reads Japanese. She showed us some interesting sites but best of all she took us to some cool places to eat and drink thst we would have had no chance of finding on our own. Pleasant polite intelligent would recommend Mardi if you have a few hours in Kyoto

November 5, 2019

Good night

This was a great walking tour around old town Gion. We were lucky enough to see three Geisha, absolutely beautiful. Our guide had a great knowledge of the area and the history of the area. It was a small group too that made the experience even better. I was expecting more ‘street food’ however we ate in restaurants and bars. It was still a great tour and really enjoyed it.

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September 27, 2019

We took our tour with Mardi, she spoke fluent Japanese and English and knew so much about the history of Japan and the details and customs of the country. Thoroughly enjoyed how the groups are very small. 2-6 people, making the experience intimate and unique to each group. We could ask anything about Japan and Mardi always had an answer for us. She took us to two bars we’d never have never gone into, mainly because they were off the beaten path and because they seemed to be more local bars. We got to experience Kobe need and many other tapas type dishes and foods we wouldn’t have ventured and tried otherwise. Honestly great tour for Japan. If you want o really learn about the distinct districts in Kyoto and really immerse in the culture, look no further than taking one of these tours. Two thumbs up For Mardi!

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September 8, 2019

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