Guided tour

Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District

Activity provider: WaRaiDo Guide Networks

Night Walk in Gion: Kyoto's Geisha District

Activity provider: WaRaiDo Guide Networks

From US$ 12 per person

Visit Gion, Kyoto’s most traditional district, where the world of geisha is still alive. Your local guide will explain the history and the lives of the geisha as you explore this picturesque area. Learn about the kimono, the geisha hairstyle, and more.

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Duration 100 minutes
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the world of geisha on a night walk through Gion
  • Get insider tips from a local guide
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the district
Full description
Experience one of the most popular walking tours in Kyoto, joined by nearly 5,000 guests annually. This 100-minute guided walk is led by a licensed English-speaking guide and takes you through nighttime Gion. The tour begins at Gion Omoide Museum, connected to a traditional pastry shop. Walk down the classic cobblestoned streets next to the Shirakawa River, and admire the scenery that was featured in the book and film, Memoirs of a Geisha. As you walk beside this beautiful stream, the guide will tell you about the history of geisha and give you a detailed explanation in regards to their kimono, hairstyle, traditional rules, and what their daily life is like. Although it is not guaranteed, during the walking tour guests often encounter geisha walking along the street.
Includes
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

In front of Gion Omoide Museum (connected to the Izutsu Yatsuhashi pastry shop).

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Video recording

Know before you go

  • To receive the child discount, a valid ID must be presented
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 846 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.5/5

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It was a good tour. The group was very large (20+) and hard to hear at times. Unfortunately there was no opportunity to ask questions either. However the content was really interesting and the guide was great. We were taken to beautiful parts of Gion and were lucky enough to see a few Geisha’s.

December 27, 2022

Walk started on time. Guide Chako spoke excellent English, she waited for everyone to gather at each spot before she started her explanation and stories so we could all hear and there was no need to push and shove. Chako also brought along old photos as visual aids. Overall a pleasant experience even though we didn’t get to see any Maiko.

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December 27, 2022

The night walk in Gion is the best choice to make.It was like going back to the past and walking through the movie set of”Memoirs of a geisha”. Our guide was very helpful,informative with the history of Gion and the Geisha district. She made sure the walk was not boring. It was a memorable walk one should book when in Kyoto.

December 18, 2022

Product ID: 70438