Full day in Kyoto with a local See the famous sights – and Kyoto’s secret side – in just eight hours
- Kyoto, Japan
- 8 hours
- from $53.75 USD per person
- (24 reviews)
based on 8 adults
Multiple languages available
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.
Explore quiet Kyoto’s nightlife in the best possible locations, hand-picked by your expert host but based on your interests
Sit down for a traditional teahouse ceremony, with Kyoto’s famous uji matcha and wagashi confections
See Kyoto’s contrasts, where ancient temples stand side-by-side with popular bars and restaurants
Experience an izakaya, a Japanese bar where draft beer and takoyaki is the only way to end a night
Walk through Kyoto’s geisha district, and be mesmerized by these breathtakingly talented entertainers
Learn about life in Kyoto from your host, and get excellent recommendations for the rest of your adventure
This experience will be personalized to you!
What’s not included
Your hotel/apartment or any other central location
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This was one of the best trips I have done. The walk around Gion itself is awe-inspiring whilst our guide was 1st class in terms of knowledge, explanation & interest. It is a must-do event for everyone.
We greatly enjoyed the Night in Kyoto tour with our guide Fauzi. He met us at our hotel and introduced us eagerly to numerous interesting places. We were listened to and all our questions were answered expertly. We definitely would not have been able to do this on our own. A fun experience.
This tour was a lot of fun and my guide Taibi did a great job in making me feel like a local. I was shown many great places that would be easy to overlook otherwise.
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