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Kyoto - Lanes and Lanterns Private Evening Tour Including Traditional Japanese Snacks

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    What to Expect
    Experiencing Kyoto by night is an essential part of any visit to Japan’s city of tradition. Walking through the old town’s lantern-lit wooden streets is an otherworldly experience not to be missed!

    We’ll begin our private Kyoto tour at Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto’s famed Geisha district of Gion. As we wander, there’s a good chance you’ll see both Geiko and Maiko breezing through the narrow alleyways of the old quarter.

    From there, your private guide will help you avoid the crowds and traverse the serene wooden backstreets through to Yasaka Shrine, where there’s an explosion of light and noise! Famous Yasaka is eternally alive, brought to life by bright lights and buzzing crowds, and lined with street food stalls selling Japan’s favourite evening snacks — everything from frozen bananas to skewered squid.

    We’ll then avoid the crowds a second time as we dart into the backstreets of northern Gion, walking through the narrow streets lined with smaller and more modern clubs and bars — a fascinating contrast to the quarter’s old buildings and historical air.

    Crossing the Kamo River, we’ll take in the sprawling view of Kyoto’s restaurant district as it stretches into the distance along the river, before crossing into Pontocho. A centuries-old entertainment district now lined with bars and restaurants, Pontocho is lit almost entirely by traditional Japanese lanterns of every shape and size. Each restaurant has its own unique menu and atmosphere, but all retain an old-world charm.

    From Pontocho, we’ll cross to Teramachi, a traditional Japanese-style arcade strip that stretches off into the distance. Roofed with glowing, cathedral-like arches, Teramachi is home to a countless variety of merchants and restaurants, including traditional Japanese bookstores and the ubiquitous, brightly lit Manga comic shops. Here, you can find everything from statues of ancient gods at a Butsudan-ya (Buddhist altar shop) to high-quality sushi knives and vintage clothing.

    Leaving Teramachi’s arcade, we’ll head past the Nishiki food market to check out a tachinomiya — translated in English, ‘tachinomiya’  literally means ‘stand and drink shop.’ Bars with no seats offer locals a chance to enjoy drinks and light snacks en route to home or engagements elsewhere.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hanamikoji-dori, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan
    Departure Time
    6:30 PM
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Shijo Karasuma, Kankobokocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8009, Japan
    • Local English-speaking guide, food samples (traditional Japanese snacks and drink)
    • Dinner
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Local English-speaking guide, food samples (traditional Japanese snacks and drink)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • The tour includes a brief visit to a small shrine. As such, modest dress is highly recommended. We recommend having your shoulders covered and wearing pants or a skirt that covers the knees.
    • Some food allergies can be accommodated for but please check beforehand with us at info@kyotourbanadventures.com.
    • Travellers under 20 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
    • This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    An amazing experience walking through the lantern lit Kyoto during the evening and learning about the history and culture from a very friendly and knowledgeable guide, Fumiko. Fumiko was fantastic, giving an insight into the reasons behind many of the things we saw and answering...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank StringTheoryStudio
    KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thank you StringTheoryStudio for your review and feedback. Fumiko and Kyoto team are indeed happy to hear that you enjoyed our tour! Please have a nice day in Kyoto. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

    Reviewed 18 August 2019

    Sean was a wealth of knowledge and provided an insight into the history and customs of the areas we walked, thoroughly recommend this tour

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank w0mbie
    KyotoUA, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2019

    Thank you w0mbie for joining the tour and leaving the comment. Sean and Kyoto team are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please enjoy your next destination. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki

    Reviewed 10 July 2019 via mobile

    Sean was an awesome tour guide super knowledgeable and very caring about his job and the people he took on his tour trying to have time to talk to everyone on the tour individualy, answering as many questions as he could and the tour itself...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Liam S
    Reviewed 24 June 2019

    We had started our tour with Sean in the district of Gojo. Sean was able to answer any questions we threw at him and was very knowledge about each aspect he had shown us along the way. I would 100% recommend this tour if you...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Cassandra F
    Reviewed 19 June 2019 via mobile

    Our guide Sean was terrific, knew his history and way around the laneways and where to find the gorgeous Geisha girls. Entertaining evening, well worth doing.

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Kerrie F
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    Response from 538diannew | Reviewed this property |
    My apologies for this delayed responses also. As suggested I would refer you to the Urban Adventure group, as the tour is flexible and you may go to different places. Also if you’re in Kyoto longer than I was (only 1 day... More
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