Gion Night Tour: Exploring the Geisha District

Discover Kyoto’s evening charm on a stroll through the Geisha district with an expert
$204 and up
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Tour Details
About the Tour
2 hours
Photos & Highlights
  • Experience Geisha traditions in their birthplace and learn how they have shaped a large part of Japan's culture
  • Led by a Kyoto local and expert
  • Hanami-koji, Gion Kobu, Minamiza Kabuki Theater, and Shirakawa Canal
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Kana was absolutely wonderful. Her deep knowledge--including some from her own experience--and kind manner made our tour engaging and very enjoyable. Her respectful approach to the district was also noteworthy, and it was nice to be in a small group so that each person could ask questions.
What you did right: You selected a Japanese and English speaker who is a scholar of Japanese history and, as such, was a reliable informant on the background of Kyoto’s Gion district, its tea houses, and the function of geikos/geishas. Because our guide, Janusz translated Japanese to English, we English speakers could better appreciate the geiko and maiko performance which was added to our private tour upon our request. Need to improve: better communication systems directly with our guide, as we had gotten lost when our taxi driver dropped us off at the wrong spot, and if we'd had a way to directly communicate with our guide (instead of going through a 3rd party telephone system), we would have found the right place more quickly. As a consequence, we almost missed our appointment time for the geiko/maiko performance start time.
As always the guide was very knowledgeable and able to present information well. We learned a lot and even got a glimpse of some geikos and mai koi’s.