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Gion Walking Tour by Night

  • No language barriers—an English-speaking guide will be there to translate
  • Visit places where Memoirs of a Geisha was filmed
  • Get local tips on the best parts of Gion to visit on this walking tour
Gion Walking Tour by Night
From US$ 11.10
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Group Walking Tour
100-minute group tour option for more reasonable price focusing on the Gion area, the central part of the Geisha district.
From US$ 11.11
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.
From US$ 23.14

This Gion walking tour is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in Kyoto’s geisha culture. Save time researching what Japanese words mean, as you’ll have a guide to explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and many other terms. You’ll learn about the history of Japan’s old capital, and important traditions. A fascinating way to tour Kyoto’s Gion district, with insider knowledge from an English-speaking guide.

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 areas 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 kimono to hairstyles, to rules, and daily rituals. If you’re lucky—you may even spot a geisha on the street.

If you’d like to enhance your tour, you can choose for it to be a private tour (additional costs). This tour option is extended by two hours and you’ll see three Geisha areas in total—Gion, Ponto-cho, and Miyagawa-cho. Your tour ends in front of the Gion corner.

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Reviews (63)

1 - 5 of 22 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago
A nice stroll around one of the Geisha/Geiko districts of Kyoto

It's nice and causal walk around Kyoto in the Gion. I really enjoyed it and the tour-guide, Yuki, is really great at what she does and gives you all the ins and outs around Gion and the Geiko and Maiko. The weather could have been...More

Thank Martin K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Boring and we didn't bother to finish the tour. A waste of money.

I have never walked away from a tour group before, but 45 minutes into the tour we decided it was so boring we didn't want to stay. We were not the only ones, other guests had left before us. The tour guide goes on and...More

1  Thank Sasha C
Reviewed 9 May 2018
Great fun

Thank you to Ellie-san for a great tour! I loved it even in the inclement weather. I managed to see a couple of geiko/maikos on the tour. The meeting location can be a bit confusing but if you get the Keihan line and ask the...More

Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 6 May 2018
Fascinating and very affordable tour!

I can't imagine visiting the Geisha district without having done this tour, as I realize now that I would miss out on so much. This tour will really enlighten you on the history and current role of the geishas. I had no idea this even...More

2  Thank americamba2015
Reviewed 24 April 2018 via mobile
Great experience!!!

Very good tour of the Gion area and about Geisha culture. Very knowledgable Guides... Very good to understand better this culture that we have a very distorted view. It was a very big group, but it was not a issue, as the guides have speakers.

Thank Paulo L
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Laura A
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Response from Alison P | Reviewed this property |
Hi we met on the street - I can't recall the name sorry