Kyoto, Japan
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clock-o100 minutes (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English

Overview

Discover Kyoto’s magical Gion district, which is known for being the city’s Geisha area. You won’t have to worry about language barriers, as you’ll have a guide to translate, and explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and other Japanese words. The unmarked narrow streets of Gion can make it easy to get lost at night, but this won’t be a problem with a guide to navigate and lead the way. An enchanting tour that will teach you about geisha culture.

  • No getting lost—a guide will navigate down Gion’s narrow alleyways
  • Learn where to find hidden places in the Geisha district
  • Go to areas when Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed
  • Learn about Geiko and Maiko from your guide, on this Gion walking tour

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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a
, Oct 2018

This was a beautiful tour. Gion is very beautiful.The tour guide, Ayoko was very nice and explained everything well with very good English. The history of the district and geisha was also very interesting. We were lucky enough to see a Maiko on our tour. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn More about geishas and the history of Japan and Gion.

T
, Oct 2018

Our guide, Yuki, was very engaging ... took us thru important facts about geiko/maiko life ... she was very patient with our questions ... a very ideal guide ... thank you!

w
, Aug 2018

Yuri did a wonderful job guiding our family group of 8. Excellent English and explanations. We saw about 7 maiko and 1 geiko which was awesome! Yuri also took the time to find us a fabulous restaurant afterwards to cater to our dirty requirements no wheat. Thanks and highly recommended!!!

D
, Apr 2018

This was an amazing tour. Bit tricky to find the meeting place as there was not signage but well worth the adventure.

A
, Apr 2018

Great tour very informative flat paths great for wheelchair users.

A
, Apr 2018

Great tour very informative flat paths great for wheelchair users.

K
, Apr 2018

It was so neat to see Gion and learn about the geiko in that region. It's so beautiful there and I didn't even know it was just over the river from downtown Kyoto. My one qualm is that the tour was way too massively huge. I think 80 people showed up and we split into two groups, which made it difficult to hear, see the guide, and cars kept going by and the huge group kept having to squish against buildings to get out of the way. Just charge more and cap your groups! I'd have paid more for a 10 to 15 person tour. I'd also love to do a tour like this earlier in the morning, like at 8am, when there are less tourists in the area overall--I went over to Gion early the next morning and it was so cool to be there while it was quite empty. Plus a few wedding photographers.

M
, Apr 2018

This was a very interesting tour and we were so lucky to see a number of maiko out and about. It was very cold and the kids did struggle a little with the cold towards the end it snowed later that night. However, it was a fascinating tour and another highlight of our trip.

H
, Apr 2018

We really enjoyed our tour of Gion. It was fun and informative. Our tour guide spoke excellent English and is probably one of the best tour guides I have ever had.

H
, Mar 2018

Our guide, Yuri was positive throughout the tour. The large group took a while to divide into 2 groups of about 40 each. One hour would of been plenty as some information was repeated and our feet got tired. We luckily saw 3 Maiko getting out of a taxi and one passing in the street which was great!


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