A night in Kyoto with a local Floating geisha, paper lanterns lit at dusk and izakaya lined wooden alleyways.
- Kyoto, Japan
- 4 hours
from $67.25 USD pp >
based on 8 adults
Multiple languages available
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.
As dusk falls, experience the best of Gion’s nightlife scene with a local insider to guide you
Explore the areas that make the district famous, like Gion Corner and Hanamikoji-dori street
See the side of Gion reserved for locals – like sunset viewing Kamo River, just before the lanterns are lit
You could see seven of Japan’s most famous traditional arts at Gion Corner, from comedy to dance to flower arranging
Let your local host answer any questions you have about the elusive lives of geishas
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