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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
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Updated 24/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Kyoto is Japan’s cultural capital, an elegant, history-filled city packed with hidden attractions and lively street culture. During this intimate walking tour, get an insider’s peek at the famed historic neighborhoods as the lantern-lit streets spring to life in the evening. Sample one-of-a-kind local snacks, from frozen banana to skewered squid. And because this is a small-group tour, you have plenty of time to ask questions. 
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You'll start at
Gion Corner
570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0074, JapanEntrance to Gion Corner, by Hanamikoji Dori, Gionmachi Minamigawa area, Higashiyama ward, Kyoto. GPS coordinates: 35°00'05.7"N 135°46'29.0"E Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///scoring.braced.renders
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    Gion
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 2
    Yasui-Konpiragu
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • 3
    Nineizaka (Ninenzaka)
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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    Yasaka Shrine
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 5
    Pontocho District
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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You'll end at
Karasuma Station
Naginatabokocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8008, JapanShijo - Karasuma station
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Highlights
  • An insider's evening culinary and cultural tour of Kyoto
  • Visit several neighborhoods and discover off-the-beaten-track attractions
  • Sample local street food like frozen bananas and skewered squid
  • A small group size makes for a personalized, intimate experience
What to Expect
A favorite of poets and philosophers for centuries, the well-preserved old quarters of Kyoto contain some of the world’s most atmospheric streets—and they truly come alive at night. During this neighborhood and food crawl, follow a guide through Kyoto’s backstreets, where lantern light flickers alongside neon signs and ancient traditions coexist with cutting-edge nightlife. In Gion, listen carefully for the click of wooden okobo heels as kimonoed geishas flutter between appointments. From there, head to the bright, noisy nightlife district of Yasaka, famous for its delectable street snacks. Bypass the tourist traps and head to under-the-radar attractions across the river in Teramachi. Your guide is on-hand to fill you in on the history and culture of each sight as you explore enchanting areas of Kyoto usually only glimpsed by locals. Round off your visit with a stop at a typical food and drink shop for some local delicacies.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Gion Corner, 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0074, Japan
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Karasuma Station, Naginatabokocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8008, Japan
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Food samplings: traditional Japanese snacks and drinks
Exclusions
  • Additional food and drink
  • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
  • Transportation to/from the meeting point
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Modest dress is highly recommended as you will be visiting a shrine (It is recommended to have your shoulders and knees covered.)
  • Small group is a maximum of 12 people
  • Some food allergies can be accommodated; please advise your local tour operator at the time of booking
  • Minimum age is 20 years
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Tanya H wrote a review Feb 2020
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Despite the rain and cold winds, this tour with Kosuke was great! He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions regarding geisha/gion. Also, we were a small group but he was personable enough to keep all of us engaged throughout the tour. I am very glad I
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from KyotoUA, Guest Relations Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour with Snacks & Drinks
Responded 23 Feb 2020
Thank you for your review, gottanyaaaaa! First of all, thank you for booking our tour. We are happy to hear that you had good times with our knowledgeable guide, Kosuke! This tour might have impressed you with marvelous historical and cultural assets of Kyoto and hope you had an awesome experience engraved once in a memory of your life. Hope we will see you again soon when you visit to Kyoto next time! Thank you, Kinya
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William G wrote a review Jan 2020
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
Thank you Ko for a lovely, very informative tour. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening with you and our group and would recommend this tour to everybody who visits Kyoto. Best wishes to you for your future. William and Chrissie.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from KyotoUA, Guest Relations Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour with Snacks & Drinks
Responded 27 Jan 2020
Thank you for a review, WilliamG3288! Hope you had an amazing night stroll in Higashiyama area with our instructive guide, Ko! We will inform him that you had such a wonderful time and enjoyed a tour with him! Thanks again for your lovely comment and have a wonderful time for the rest of your stay in Japan! Kinya
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Darren L wrote a review Jan 2020
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Thanks Ko, an extremely personable, fun and informative tour, we all enjoyed your wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm towards your home. Would highly recommend. Darren, Leisa and Tayla And a shout out to your accompanying guide who was also very informative and personable.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from KyotoUA, Guest Relations Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour with Snacks & Drinks
Responded 26 Jan 2020
Thank you dlux65 for your comment and review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with our knowledgeable guide, Ko. We hope that your visit to Kyoto is creating memories that will last a lifetime and that your day with our group in Kyoto was your Best Day, Ever! Have a great time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Take care, Kinya
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Emma W wrote a review Jan 2020
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Ko is a great guide with extensive knowledge, a great manner and a good sense of humour. I was the only guest taking the tour which was a great result allowing us to go at my pace and for me to ask lots of questions. The streets and sites are quiet at night in January which
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Response from KyotoUA, お客様担当マネージャー at Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour with Snacks & Drinks
Responded 24 Jan 2020
Thank you ewoolley244 for your great review. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour with Ko. And thank you for the suggestion. We will discuss it. Yes, Kyoto is beautiful at night especially in winter time. Hope you have a great time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Hiroko
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Sorelle M wrote a review Jan 2020
Perth, Australia4 contributions
This a wonderful tour! Our tour guide Ko is a local who is deservedly proud of his culture and his city. I went with my two teenage girls who were fascinated to learn about this very beautiful historic city. Thank You Ko, it was a highlight of our time in Kyoto.
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Response from KyotoUA, Guest Relations Manager at Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour with Snacks & Drinks
Responded 17 Jan 2020
Thank you for a comment and review, sorellem2015! We are happy to hear that you had a wonderful night walking experience with our knowledgeable guide, Ko in Kyoto! Hope you come back again soon to visit beautiful city Kyoto and have a wonderful time for your rest of the trip in Japan! Kinya
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By: Kyoto Urban Adventures
MCJ62
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Kyoto -so much to learn!
Ko was our guide and he did a great job. We thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated all the information about the sites
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dimarieee
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Walking Tour
Our Flight Arrived to Japan late and we were still able to make the tour. We met up along the way and joined in.
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Zee112
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Great adventure through Kyoto
A great day spent exploring Kyoto and it’s many temples/shrines. Cycling is recommended to capture as much of the c
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andrewlearnseedo
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See the Sights, Understand the Sights
I enjoyed this tour, and I think you will too! Veronica, our guide, was perfect for this walking tour. There is a
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andrewlearnseedo
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Great Hike, Great Meditation, Great Tea
I loved this experience, and I think you will too! Ko, our guide, was a pleasure to chat with on the small hike up
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maggie44113
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Cultural Contrasts
Kyoto is a confusing place - what with all the temples and shrines, it is difficult to take it all in and understan
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manni_321
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Absolutely would recommend!
Today we visited Bamboo grove, Nonomiya shrine and the Daihikaku Senkouji temple. Our guide Fumiko was just lovely
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BarbBarbarella66
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Insightful experience
This was an excellent tour with Julian as our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and funny,too! We learned so mu
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MrHoosuess
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Engaging, informative evening
Julian was fantastic. Friendly, engaging and extremely knowledgeable and insightful of the history and present of K
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SunshineMNL
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Amazing experience !
Our guide Fumiko was wonderful and we highly recommend her she was very patient and happy to answering our endl
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CristelVD
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Serene and Informative :) One for the books!
Ko’s a cool guide. He made the experience pretty much chill but informative at the same time. The path leading to t
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amandal0709
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Would recommend
Our tour guide Fumiko was very informative and nice. She took us to Toufukuji temple, Fushimi inari shrine, and the
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dto1701
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Great way to see the city
We booked this as a group activity but there was only the 2 of us on it as it was low season so in effect we got a
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allisone942
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Essence of Nara Tour
We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Naoko Okada was excellent she gave us lots of information and was great comp
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144ranar
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Best walking tour ever.....
This was our first trip to Kyoto and before coming, we did not know much of the history of the region. Our tour gui
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