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Gion Walking Tour by Night

  • Learn about the history and traditions of geishas in Kyoto
  • Visit places where Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed
  • Let your guide handle navigation through the Gion district
Gion Walking Tour by Night
From US$ 10.92
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Group Walking TourMost Popular
100-minute group tour option for more reasonable price focusing on the Gion area, the central part of the Geisha district.
US$ 10.92
Private Walking Tour
Privately guided two-hour option covering three Geisha districts, such as Ponto-cho, Miyagawa-cho and Gion to know more deeply about Geisha traditions.
US$ 22.76

Immerse yourself in Kyoto’s geisha culture on this Gion walking tour. Your guide will explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and many other terms, and you’ll learn about the history and traditions of Japan’s old capital. See famous movie locations, and upgrade for a longer tour with a private guide for a more in-depth experience.

What to Expect

Your walking tour of Japan’s old capital begins by meeting at the Gion Omoide Museum. You’ll explore Gion, which is famous for being the geisha district of Kyoto. During the tour, your guide will point out locations that were featured in the book and movie Memoirs of a Geisha.

As you walk down cobbled streets and past a beautiful stream, you’ll hear stories of Kyoto’s ancient past. Your guide will educate you on the history of geisha—from their kimonos and hairstyles to rules and daily rituals. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a geisha on the street.

For a more in-depth experience, upgrade to a private tour. Your experience will be extended by two hours and you’ll see three Geisha areas in total—Gion, Pontocho, and Miyagawacho.

Reviews (85)
1 - 5 of 43 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Instilled deeper appreciation for Kyoto

My husband and I went on our honeymoon, and I wanted to do a personal tour of Gion because researching online it seemed so rich in history that it made sense. We had our personal tour with Momo, and she was wonderful. She spoke and...More

Thank dinahcardenas
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Fantastic & extremely knowledgable

Yuri was extremely knowledgable and spent her time with us explaining in detail each and every aspect of the Geiko culture. We found her to be patient with our questions and often, she’d stop to have an in-depth conversation about some of the finer aspects...More

Thank Vishnuhari
Reviewed 4 days ago
A Very Good Experience

This was a private tour of Gion, the area of Kyoto where geikos (the Kyoto version of the geishas) and maikos (apprentice geikos) live, in boarding houses, and work, in tea houses. Our guide was extremely competent and spoke perfect English. We were taught to...More

Thank Massimo I
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting tour with lots of information/history about Geicko and Maiko's. We saw where they lived, worked and entertain, Also learn't about the history of Gion. I loved it, but my teenage boys didn't enjoy it as much as I did, but still thought it...More

3  Thank Fearless773418
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Very good and very interesting

The evening we took the tour there was a big crowd, so we split into three reasonable size groups. Unfortunately I don't remember the name of our guide, but she was friendly, knew a lot, and was very patient with all our questions. The two...More

2  Thank Natania I
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26 September 2018|
Response from I H | Reviewed this property |
I did not refer to any museum in my review of the Gion Walking Tour by Night. So maybe best try the company’s website.
Laurette v
23 September 2018|
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Response from Greg W | Reviewed this property |
Reckon you better follow through as we booked same way and I got confo immediately. Just on the tour, make sure you’re ok with the meeting point as we,had troubles finding it.