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Gion Night Walk & Geisha spotting

culture walk

Gion Night Walk & Geisha spotting

12 reviews
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Hosted in
English
culture walk

Gion Night Walk & Geisha spotting

culture walk

Gion Night Walk & Geisha spotting

12 reviews
Duration
1.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

We will discover the most beautiful streets of Gion at the very best time to see it as the city lights start to come on and the laneways are all lit up in lantern light. I will take you on a walk through the "geisha" quarters where these icons of Japanese culture still live and work. We might even get a chance to see a girl or two on their way to an appointment if we are lucky during the "geisha spotting" part of the tour. Then we will visit the temple grounds of the oldest zen temple in Kyoto at Kenninji. I will teach you a little of what I know about this special faith and then we will visit a shinto shrine showing you the contrast of the two faiths. After that, it's more beautiful cobble stoned streets and atmospheric views. A special treat being the view of the famous Yasaka pagoda all lit up with the night sky behind it. We wander more in this Higashiyama district of preserved buildings taking you down secret alleyways along the way. Finally, we take a walk through the more modern part of Gion where the well heeled crowd go to let loose. I can tell you all about the nightlife culture of contemporary Japan and how the history has influenced the modern day.

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Niall

I am a huge fan of Japan and as a resident of Kyoto since 2007 and a tour guide for the past four years I am so happy to have the chance to share with you what I have learned and entertain you along the way. I take you down all my favourite streets in Gion and tell you all about the mysterious world of the geisha and also a little background about shinto and buddhism in this special city. I know the best places to spot geisha and have been studying about the geisha culture for many years. Looking forward to meeting you and teaching you a little about this fascinating culture!

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Where you'll be

Gion: where all the nighlife action is Higashiyama: preserved streets and beautiful views Miyagawacho: the geisha quarters Kenninji Temple: learn about zen Yasaka Shrine: learn about Shinto

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Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

More tips

Maximum of eight guests. If less than three guests are booked we go for a shorter period.

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Niall
Gion Night Walk & Geisha spotting
12 reviews
£37/person
12 reviews
£37/person