Dinner was great in a traditional restaurant, with wonderful healthy food, surprise gift from the hosts and with an excellent finishing tea ceremony. The cultural performance was good and we understood the aim of the performances to provide a shap shot of traditional customs in Kyoto, including Japanese puppetry, flower arrangement, tea ceremony and humour theatrical skit, however it felt over produced and the level seating did not allow a clear view. A nice evening out in Kyoto.
Very nice introduction to Kyoto culture. Very efficiently organise and great hospitality and tour from June.
It would have been better if we had some more time to stroll in Gion. The best part was the tea ceremony.
A great way to spend a night in Kyoto! Pick up was easy and very efficient. The show was great however would have been better if we'd arrived a bit earlier when we got there the only seats left were at the back and we couldn't really see the stage our guide spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable of the Gion area. The dinner and tea ceremony were the highlight of the night! They gave us a tour of the tradition Japanese house, The dinner even though was all vegetarian was AMAZING!! It was great to eat traditional Japanese food. I would definitely do this tour again!
A great way to get to know Gion and Kyoto traditions. Food was vegetarian and amazing!!!!
A truly wonderful overview of Japanese culture. Delightful performances in a lovely district, plus an excellent dinner after the Tea Ceremony.
Gregory N United Kingdom
A very enjoyable evening , we both my wife and me enjoyed the evening , the meal afterwards was really good and an experience to be savored. The guide was helpful and friendly , so no complaints
Our tour guide was lovely and it was really good having a small tour group.
David F USA
Didn't know quite what to expect with the Gion by Night tour. The theater performance was enjoyable. I was especially impressed with the dance of the maiko. The dinner and tea ceremony was great too, although it seemed a little rushed at the end.
Excellent evening entertainment, delicious dinner, and lovely tea experience.
As someone with a previous interest in the culture of Japan, I found this to be a great evening. The tour guide was excellent and she ran things very smoothly. The performances in Gion Corner were fantastic, and we were convinced we had made the right choice when as we left, the queue had reached the outside of the theatre! We had had it almost to ourselves!
The tour continued with a traditional tea ceremony, where the symbolism was all explained to us, and we rounded the night off with tempura.
All in all a fantastic tour, and all the staff were very knowledgeable and helpful.
Generally an enjoyable experience. The guides English skills were a little poor so this made it difficult to ask any in-depth question about the cultural aspects of our tour without receiving a puzzled .woahoa?as an embarrassed statement. He was however, very polite and friendly. The tour itself highlighted with a personal tea ceremony at a private Zen teahouse. Wonderful. The show was good but differcult to see as all these tourists kept wanting to see as well. I would recommend u get to the theatre early get a front seat. All in all a chance to experience this beautiful and complex culture.
This was a great tour! We thoroughly enjoyed the Tea ceremony and dinner at the ryokan.
Would definitely recommend this tour to friends!
This was a wonderful and pleasant experience. The cultural performance was good but nothing spectacular. The dinner experience which included the Tea Ceremony was very enjoyable. We were served healthy vegetarian food which was what we needed.
Clayton K USA
This is a very good tour. Performance was nice, walk in Gion district was pleasant. We enjoyed the tea ceremony and dinner. Everyone spoke English well. This was the best tour we had in Kyoto. We highly recommend the tour. Thank you!
Fantastic. Saw a bit if culture , a bit if the Gion and had a great experience with dinner. Would recommend it to anyone.
We actually even saw a Gion parade festival passing by the street on our way to the other Gion side flew here we would experience feudal times of tea ceremony.
The theatrical experience was most enjoyable which showed various arts of Japan in a nutshell.
First, let me thank our tour guide for calling our hotel room - we had forgotten about the tour! Jet lag! She was persistent and SAVED the day! Attention to detail like this is invaluable! She took the group into the theater and waited outside until we arrived and escorted us in.
By the way, the tour was wonderful too! We enjoyed the show but really loved the walking tour. These little alley-like streets would never have been explored without the tour. So many interesting details were revealed as well. The tea ceremony was the real deal. Do not miss it. the Zen Buddhist meal was very interesting. So many other delightful touches.
Excellent tour! Directions were clear on where and when to meet at a hotel different from where we were staying. Our guide was prompt, organized and well-prepared. Taxis drove us to the Gion area - exactly like we pictured it. We were part of a medium-sized group, yet our guide tried to make sure everyone could hear her. She explained the traditional show before it began so we would know what to expect. Although she had a schedule to keep, she was kind to give us a moment to snap a photo many times. The traditional dinner was delicious (although some in the group were. to as adventurous to try's something different), and the tea ceremony was so informative! (Loved learning about the special little door). Definitely recommend this tour!
A unique experience, since one has the opportunity to watch a very good sample of the japanese traditional arts and
Yoshida-san was an excellent guide: prompt, efficient, and friendly. We also appreciated his thoughtful efforts to forestall any problems, leaving both a written and phone message for us at our hotel the day before the tour.
The cultural center performance was definitely worthwhile, though the center itself would strengthen its presentation by providing a bit more detail (a few lines more per each area) about its different offerings. It was unclear which seasons the geisha's dance illuminated, for instance. The glimpse of bunraku puppet theater was fascinating. We definitely will keep our eyes out for that.
But the highlight of the evening was the Zen Buddhist meal and related tea ceremony --delicious and wonderfully illuminated by the ryokun host who explained its significance with sincere enthusiasm. His warm welcome to what is his home and his family's tea house there and then his family's religious and holiday artifacts room was truly special. A gracious man--I would like to thank him again, if I could! The connection there is one I hope you continue to offer people who sign up for this tour. (Even though I knew it would be challenging for me personally to use the traditional entrance to the tea house, I was so glad I did, to have that experience. And, of course, I could have opted to use the non-traditional entrance, as a couple of people more concerned about crouching to enter did.)
A wonderful night thanks to the intamacy of the tea ceremony and Zen dinner. Was less impressed with the cultural performance, but we were in the back row and could not see very much. The tea ceremony was the best I've been to - really special!!
This was a great way to spend an evening in Kyoto. The short presentations of different Japanese cultural arts was great. The only problem was the other 300 people there! Then walking through Gion with an English speaking guide was really informative and you could ask questions about the life of Geiko and Maiko, which are still professions today.The vegetarian tempura meal was tasty in a nice ryokan setting, and the private tea ceremony with detailed explanations was a peaceful way to end the evening. A nice surprise was that we were taken back to our apartment by taxi at the end.
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