A night in Kyoto with a local
A night in Kyoto with a local
A night in Kyoto with a local
A night in Kyoto with a local
A night in Kyoto with a local
A night in Kyoto with a local
A night in Kyoto with a local
A night in Kyoto with a local
A night in Kyoto with a local
A night in Kyoto with a local

A night in Kyoto with a local

Floating geisha, paper lanterns lit at dusk and izakaya lined wooden alleyways.

(13 reviews)

  • Private &

  • 4 hours

  • From
    $67.25  USD
    per person
    based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available
    (including English)

What you'll do

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. 


Where you’ll go

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.



  • A night in Kyoto with a local
  • A night in Kyoto with a local
  • 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 included

  • Private and personalized experience
  • 4 hours with a host
  • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
  • Include 2 beers, high-balls or soft drinks
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central locations)

What’s not included

  • Food and drinks, other than the ones included above
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)

Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

Cancel 14 days before the experience for a full refund

How it works

  • 1

    Tell us about you!

    Once you book, fill in a quick questionnaire and tell us what you’d like from your experience.
    Tell us about you!
  • 2

    We introduce you to your perfect local

    Build your perfect tour and experience together
    We match you with a host
  • 3

    The best part!

    Experience the city like you would with a knowledgeable friend living there
    The best part!

If you’re unsure about what experience to book or would like more information on how it all works, just email me here. I or someone from our Customer Experience Team will get in touch so we can suggest the perfect personalized experience for you.

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Reviews for this experience

Fantastic experience and wonderful memories

We were delighted to have Saki as our guide and host in Kyoto. She really gave us a wonderful itinerary and tour which she had carefully considered in advance in order to make the most of our time and to give us a rounded view of so much of what Kyoto has to offer. We loved every minute. Saki was great company and exceptionally attentive, great thanks for all the wonderful memories.

December 2019

Reviewed by Gerry B , hosted by Saki

Night in Kyoto

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.

October 2019

Reviewed by Duncan F , hosted by Juraj

A fun experience.

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.

October 2019

Reviewed by Rolf E , hosted by Fauzi

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