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Kyoto: Lanes and Lanterns Night Time Discovery Tour

1. Kyoto: Lanes and Lanterns Night Time Discovery Tour

Immerse yourself in the drama of Kyoto at night and walk the lantern-lit wooden streets. Get a feel for the nightlife scene with the help of a local guide. Go to the Minamiza Theatre in the famous Geisha district of Gion and keep a look out for the geiko and maiko. Escape the crowds and venture through the backstreets to arrive at Yasaka Shrine. Marvel as it is brought to life by the bright lights and buzzing crowds. Continue to the north part of Gion to find narrow streets lined with smaller and more modern clubs and bars that contrast with the Old Town. Cross the Kamo River and get a sprawling view of the restaurant district before entering the entertainment district of Pontocho, lit by traditional Japanese lanterns. Go to the Teramachi arcade, where merchants sell everything from Manga comic books to statues of ancient gods and high-quality sushi knives. End with a visit to the Nishiki food market to check out a tachinomiya (stand-up only bar) popular with the locals.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Michael had excellent English (has connections with the United States) and amazing knowledge and background to Kyoto. With him being a native Kyotoan, it really helped us to understand the history and culture of the city and he gave us lovely little secrets of the ancient Capital City!

Gion is really pretty at night and our guide Ko was great, taking us on a good route and giving extra detail about the sights. We had good food at an okonomiyaki restaurant which we went back to again during our stay in Kyoto. Ko had a good sense of humour and it was a fun evening.

Zen was our guide and he did an incredibly insightful tour. Really enjoyed the evening, it was an absolute highlight and the Japanese pancake was so yummy too. Would recommend this tour anytime! Zen was great. Thank you.

This tour is very good, our guide took us to very nice local places, explained to us about Japanese culture and we tried a delicious meal, highly recommended.

Best time if day to see this. Quiet and atmospheric. Small groups are best and if you’re lucky the others in your group are good company too.