From streetside shows to wood-built izakaya, see the dreamy setting of the famous novel for yourself
From 41.94 USD pp (based on 8 adults)
Private & 100% personalized tour
Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)
When Kyoto is sleeping, Gion is only just waking up. Begin your evening eating Obanzai or Mishin Soba in a tiny izakaya bar as the sun sets over the Kamo River. As the last light disappears from the sky, Gion’s lanterns cast a glow on intricate wood-built architecture, and the city takes on an ethereal appeal, made even more dreamlike by beautiful geishas floating by. At Gion Corner, catch a quick show featuring seven of Kyoto’s performing arts, from comedy to dance, or grab a drink at a bar with other salarymen at a popular local haunt. Wind down as you share small plates shared with your host at an intimate izakaya, and take a dreamy stroll down tranquil Shinbashi-dori Street, home to Tatsumi Jinja shrine and centuries-old teahouses.
In the heart of Kyoto, you’ll find Japan’s most famous geisha district, Gion. Located between 1300-year-old Yasaka Shrine on the east, and local hotspot Kamo River on the west, Gion is a snapshot of modern and ancient Japan, harmoniously intertwined. At dusk, paper lanterns illuminate cobbled streets, and quiet areas become crowded. Your host will lead you down Hanamikoji-dori, the bustling main street passing through the center of Gion, lined with bars, izakaya, temples, and shrines. Try to snatch a glimpse of a mesmerizing geisha at Gion Corner, a traditional Japenese theater, then walk 10 minutes across the river to atmospheric Ponto-chō, home to tranquil teahouses, upmarket restaurants and where you could spot more geisha floating by.
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