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Gion Walking Tour by Night

  • Learn about the history and traditions of geishas in Kyoto
  • Visit places where Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed
  • Let your guide handle navigation through the Gion district
Gion Walking Tour by Night
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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.
From $10.81
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.
From $22.52

Immerse yourself in Kyoto’s geisha culture on this Gion walking tour. Your guide will explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and many other terms, and you’ll learn about the history and traditions of Japan’s old capital. See famous movie locations, and upgrade for a longer tour with a private guide for a more in-depth experience.

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 locations 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 kimonos and hairstyles to rules and daily rituals. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a geisha on the street.

For a more in-depth experience, upgrade to a private tour. Your experience will be extended by two hours and you’ll see three Geisha areas in total—Gion, Pontocho, and Miyagawacho.

Reviews (92)
1 - 5 of 48 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Fun and fascinating, nonstop interesting stories

Apparently the management has taken account of recent reviews that said the groups were too large, because during my tour last Monday, the 30 or so participants were divided into 3 groups. Mine was led by Mia, who was dressed in a kimono and was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Pnina B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Group too big

Informative tour guide an I am glad we went, but the group was far too large for the streets of Gion. 30 to 40 people and maybe more?

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Sean R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Far too big a group

We had the tour tonight, without a hint of exaggeration there were over 55 people in our group (I counted as I was amazed!) Having read previous reviews I was expecting another guide or two to appear to split the group into reasonable numbers. This...More

Thank PaulandJen_10
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile
Awesome tour guide

We had about 30 pax in our group and Momo was our tour guide. Her pronunciation of English is very clear and friendly as well. The tour was able 2 hours and it was not tiring for us as she stopped multiple places to brief...More

1  Thank mrsyeeh
Reviewed October 21, 2018
Exceeded expectations

We were warned about the large numbers on this tour and to be honest did not expect a lot, however we were very pleasantly surprised. Finding the start point was a challenge and you probably need GPS to locate it. When we got there we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank lotstoseeanddo
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