A Night in Kyoto, Your Way

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

  • (7 reviews)

A Night in Kyoto, Your Way

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

  • (7 reviews)

A Night in Kyoto, Your Way

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

  • (7 reviews)

A Night in Kyoto, Your Way

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

  • (7 reviews)

A Night in Kyoto, Your Way

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

  • (7 reviews)

A Night in Kyoto, Your Way

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

  • (7 reviews)

A Night in Kyoto, Your Way

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

  • (7 reviews)

A Night in Kyoto, Your Way

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

  • (7 reviews)

A Night in Kyoto, Your Way

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

  • (7 reviews)

A Night in Kyoto, Your Way

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

  • (7 reviews)
  • Private &
    personalised
  • 4 hours
  • From $60.00 per person
  • Walking
  • Multiple languages available. Request at time of booking.

What you’ll do

When dusk falls, paper lanterns are lit and Kyoto transforms into something out of a fairytale. You’ll join one of our hosts to explore the tiny back alleys of the old district and experience the urban buzz of the city’s most modern streets. It’s an intoxicating blend - in more ways than one. Ancient tradition blends with contemporary culture in Kyoto, and with a host, this captivating mix will be yours to enjoy after dark! Amble through the enchanting wooden alleyways of historic Gion (known as the ‘Floating World’) and see the picturesque streets of old Pontocho. Here, if you’re lucky, you might spot an elusive geisha and her maiko (apprentice) as they sweep elegantly past you on their way to an engagement. Discover sacred shrines as they sit, hidden in the most cosmopolitan shopping areas and share some small dishes and beers with your local in a traditional izakaya or tachinomiya (standing bar). You’ll see that Kyoto after dark is more a feeling than a place, and with your host by your side, you’ll have no trouble tapping into this otherworld of mystery and refined sensory delights!

Our Picks

  • Explore the most magical parts of the city as night falls

  • Discover where beautiful shrines have stood for centuries and see alleyways lit by traditional paper lanterns

  • See the historic old quarter as well as the most cosmopolitan parts of the city as they're lit up at night

  • Wander through the enchanting Geisha district, Gion

  • Share some local dishes and a beer with your host at an izakaya or tachinomiya

Good to know

What’s not included
  • Food and drinks
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)
Cancellation Policy

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This experience’s reviews

KYOTO, A NIGHT IN KYOTO, YOUR WAYEko Heru

5 average | 9 reviews

May 2019

Great way to experience Kyoto after dark

We really enjoyed our tour with Eko in Kyoto. He really gave us a taste of Kyoto and was knowledgeable and friendly and enthusiastic about Kyoto culture and history. Gion comes alive at night and it was helpful to have Eko show us around the warren of alleys on our first night which enabled us to experience the area on our own more easily. Highly recommend!

Review by Jenny G

KYOTO, A NIGHT IN KYOTO, YOUR WAYGeorgia

5 average | 1 reviews

April 2019

Kyoto after dark was lovely

Georgia showed me cool places, her local knowledge made the evening worthwhile. The cherry blossoms were still in bloom and were gorgeous in the night lights. Our walking tour covered a lot of ground, and I returned to many of the places the next day to shop and eat. The only negative was the vegan restaurant that was pricey and so quiet - I'm not vegan but she was diligent in finding a vegetarian place, so I appreciated that. The rest of the tour was great!

Review by Hilary B

KYOTO, A NIGHT IN KYOTO, YOUR WAYYuri

5 average | 4 reviews

October 2018

Excellent Insight to Kyoto with Yuri

We booked the "Magical Kyoto After Dark" Tour with Yuri, who guided us through the Gion district with confidence and enthusiasm for her local city. We asked to be shown through traditional areas that were good for photography, and Yuri found ideal locations for us to explore and use our cameras. She was friendly and knowledgeable - with great command of the English language. Yuri was also very patient while we stopped to take photographs all the time...there was so much to see and enjoy! We even had a close encounter with a Geisha. We were also grateful for Yuri's great suggestions for eateries and food choices. Her tour helped us to learn our way around this beautiful and diverse city. Thank you Yuri for introducing us to Kyoto!

Review by Don M

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