From traditional arts to floating geishas, Kyoto does late-night revelry like no place on earth
From 71.38 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)
It may seem surprising, but tranquil Kyoto effortlessly transforms into a hub of nightlife. As the sun disappears, Gion takes on a dreamlike appeal – each wooden structure and grey cobblestone is bathed in a golden glow, and the district opens for business. Quiet streets become crowded as your host guides you through tight alleyways packed with restaurants, vibey local haunts, and tucked-away shrines. Catch your breath in peaceful Shinbashi-dori Street, where extravagant restaurants and hostess clubs keep the wealthy amused. At Gion Corner, watch a show featuring several of Kyoto’s performing arts, belt out a song at BARCODE karaoke bar, or grab a draft beer at a dimly-lit izakaya while your local insider shares the city’s secrets.
You don’t need to go far to experience the full spectrum of Kyoto’s nightlife – in fact, it’s all in Gion, the traditional arts district in the city center. Follow your host down Hanamikoji-dori, the main street passing straight through the center of Gion, lined with bars, izakaya, teahouses, temples, and shrines. Another perfectly preserved slice of ancient Japan, Ponto-chō, lies 10 minutes away, just across the Kamo River to the west of Gion. Partake in a local pastime of snacking on gyoza dumplings riverside, where sunset turns the water a thousand colors, and the gentle glow of paper lanterns takes over from the sun. As the last light fades from the sky, the ethereal mood might be intensified by a glimpse of a bewitching geisha.
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