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Gion Walking Tour by Night

Kyoto, Japan

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  • 1 hour 40 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover Kyoto’s magical Gion district, which is known for being the city’s Geisha area. Don't worry about language barriers, as a guide is there to help you 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 is not a problem with a guide to navigate and lead the way. Upgrade to a longer, private tour for a closer look at Geisha culture.
  • No getting lost—a guide navigates 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

What's Included

  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Tokiwachō, 178
    Japan, 〒605-0079 Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, Tokiwachō, 178 井筒八ッ橋本舗北座祇園本店

    The best way to locate Gion Omoide Museum is to search in the google map by typing key word "gion omoide museum" However, it is small museum, and not familiar among people. If you ask locals about its location, please ask "Izutsu Yatsuhashi Gion Honten" which is the traditional pastry shop. The museum is located in the same building. Please arrive in the meeting place before 6pm or 15 minutes before 6pm.

Start time

06:00 PM

End point

  • Gion Corner
    570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0074, Japan

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for participants with serious medical conditions
  • This tour has a maximum of 15 passengers per booking. If you require a booking for more than 15 passengers, please create a separate booking. Please note that more than 30 passengers may join the tour depending on the conditions of the tour departure date.
  • Small-group tour option (less than 8 guests guaranteed) can be chosen for different price
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Gion Walking Tour by Night?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Gion Walking Tour by Night?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

I would highly recommend doing this on your first night to get your bearings and to enjoy the rest of your stay in Kyoto.
Rainy evening spoiled the experience for me and would suggest an easier to find meeting spot.
191 reviews
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Thank you!
Cassandra_K, Jun 2022
Enjoyable, friendly, insightful and warm are the things that come to mind. Thank you Ayuko for the warm hospitality and depth of knowledge on the Gion district, Kyoto and Japan as a whole.
We saw three Geishas...
Steven_F, Mar 2022
We saw three Geishas during our tour of Gion. Our tour guide Graciously made dinner recommendations & helped us reserved a table for dinner.
Wonderful tour of the magical and mysterious Gion district
Helen_G, Nov 2021
This was an incredibly Informative and lovely night tour of Kyoto’s geisha district, an area rich with ancient architecture and history that this tour helps one to understand beyond just surface level. If you have never learned about the fascinating life and education of a geisha in Kyoto, I recommend this tour to you as it is really fascinating. Our tour guide was lovely, greeted us with a little Kyoto sweet and was very knowledgeable about the Gion district.
Interesting tour of Gion
carol_o, Feb 2021
Mie was a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable about the history of the area. It was fascinating to learn all about the Gion district. Thank you
great tour, also suitable for children
Marieke, Mar 2020
As a little family of 2 adults and 3 children aged 6-9-11 we enjoyed the night walk. The tour guide was very enthusiastic and really levelled her talk to our children. She could answer all our answers. We really learned a lot more about the life of Geiko's and Maiko's in Kyoto
One of my favourite is Kyoto
becjane64, Feb 2020
Very interesting. I highly recommend this tour. Mia was very knowledgeable, funny and passionate when she spoke
Highly recommend
Nigel_W, Jan 2020
Our guide Mia(?) was fantastic. Very funny, informative and took us through some beautiful spots. Highly recommend Nigel
Oh so fascinating
Elisha_R, Jan 2020
Fascinating, fun and informative I would thoroughly recommend this tour. It was a real insight into the Geisha ways and traditions.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Night adventure
Kristen_G, Nov 2019
The tour guides were very knowledgeable and friendly. The group was rather large, so it wasn't always possible to hear the guide. Overall, I would recommend this to a friend.
Can't beat the price!
Phil J, Nov 2019
It was fun, learned a lot, Gion is beautiful. Rainy evening spoiled the experience for me and would suggest an easier to find meeting spot.
you dont need to do this tour, you can do it your self
Jorgus50, Oct 2019
we really struggled to find the starting location for this tour as if you put the details you are given into Google maps you end up in the wrong place! this information needs to be improved. the tour was not really up to much, just focused on the book ' tales of a Geisha' very hard to hear the guide and we could have done it ourselves with out much effort. its very dark in the temple and there are a few 'man traps' , one woman fell dons a ditch and was quite shaken.
Professional guide and informative tour
Youngauntysg, Oct 2019
It rained during our tour and I was impressed with Momo, our guide who carried on with the tour in the rain despite the tough conditions. Very professional and I learnt more about geisha on the tour. Highly recommended!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Worthwhile Walking Tour
Jane_F, Oct 2019
There were a lot of people but we split into groups and our tour leader was very knowledgeable and easy to get a long with. In spite of our group size we were able to hear fine. We learnt things about the Gion we would not have known without googling.
Nice walk
Christine s, Oct 2019
Group size was a bit too big. A nice way to get a feel for the area with some interesting information.
Nice guide
rudolph_c, Oct 2019
Nice walk in the Gion area. Nice guide with a lot of explanations. 1 and half hour walking. Group was quite big. Good to lkearn the Geisha history and good to see some nice locations in the district. Sure worth the effort and not expensive!
Don’t book this tour
Lea_B, Oct 2019
Don’t book this tour unless you want to join a guided tour together with 60 others at the same time.
Better meeting location
Husna_A, Sep 2019
I could not find the meeting spot. I don't know why they pick such an unknown place when the train station is a couple of blocks away. I asked locals and nearby restaurants and they had no clue either. If you're using free local wifi, good luck with that because the meet up location doesn't have any in the vicinity so maps won't work.
History of Gion
Vikram K, Aug 2019
A highly informative tour about the world of Giesha and Gion. The guide took us not only through the larger points of history but also through some trivia and traditions. Of course, the location itself should be on everyone's bucket list.
Wonderful Experience!
Danee W, Aug 2019
My family and I took a day trip to Kyoto so we really wanted to get the most out of our day. Booking this tour was by far the best decision. Our tour guide was informative and professional. We learned so much and had a blast!
A Must Tout
Murray_L, Jul 2019
We had a wonderful experience touring Gion with Mia. She was both personable and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour.


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