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Magical Kyoto After Dark


6 reviews
4 hours | from $60.00 pp
Kyoto transforms into its most magical as dusk falls - so with a Local Host to navigate, explore the tiny back alleys of the old district and experience the urban buzz of the most modern parts of the city. Ancient tradition blends with contemporary culture in this city, and the best time experience this captivating mix is after dark! Explore the enchanting wooden alleyways lit with traditional paper lanterns in the historic Gion district and the picturesque streets of old Pontocho, where if you’re lucky you might spot one of the beautiful Geishas on their way back from work. Then discover where sacred shrines sit hidden in the most cosmopolitain shopping areas and share some small dishes and beers with your local in a traditional izakaya or tachinomiya!
4 hrs
Start when you want
Private & personalised

What you'll do

Join a like-minded Local Host to immerse yourself in the most enchanting districts in Kyoto as they come to life as night falls, exploring the historic old quarter and modern areas where you’ll find beautiful shrines that have stood for centuries. Even in the most modern districts, historic shrines are still standing, nestled between brightly lit modern shops - and even though they may be closed, these Shinto shrines are beautifully lit by lanterns and make for perfect photos.Read more +

Wander through Gion, the historic Geisha district where you can get a little lost in the narrow streets and appreciate the tradition and beauty of the classic architecture while the area is lit with the glow of paper lanterns - you may even see elegant geiko and meiko floating through the alleyways. 

Let your Local Host take you to their favourite izakaya, the drinking houses where locals gather after work to share a few drinks and delicious bar food staples like gyoza and yakitori, then head to a Tachinomiya, the street-side bars where locals drink standing up as there are no chairs!

Get to know your Local Host over the evening, and they can recommend other spots in the city that will fascinate you, and recommend shrines, izakaya, shopping districts or places to eat for the rest of your trip so you can continue to see the city through a local lens.


What To Expect

We’ll be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality and interests so we can assign a like-minded Local who can create a bespoke experience for you. 

Your Local Host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary based on your wishes and interests and to agree a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do. 

Your Local Host may also suggest adjustments or new routes if they feel that there is something just around the corner that you may enjoy, or perhaps if the weather affects your itinerary. 

Although the focus will be on Kyoto by night, your Local Host will also help you to discover unique shops, inspiring places, and independent galleries as well as sharing stories that you won’t find in a guidebook and make the city unique. 


What's Included

* Private and personalised experience
* 4 hours with a local
* Walking experience (other transport can be arranged at an additional cost)


What's Not Included

* Food and drinks
* Tickets to any attractions
* Transportation costs 
* Gratuities (optional)


Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 7 days before your experience and get a full refund.


Meeting Point

Your meeting point is flexible, and to be agreed with your Local Host. Meet-up at your hotel or accommodation can be requested, or your Local Host will meet you at a convenient location close to the start of your experience.

Experience Highlights

* 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 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
* Share some local dishes and a beer with your local at an izakaya 

Total: USD
per adult
Start when you want

You can change your preferred start time after booking

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Experience type
Private and personalised to what you want to see and do.
Multiple languages available. Request at time of booking.
Kids go free
Kids up to 12 years old go free


Don M

Magical Kyoto After Dark | Kyoto

Review by: Don M
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!

Mark H

Magical Kyoto After Dark | Kyoto

Review by: Mark H
May 2018

Kyoto after dark

Great walk with Airi through Kyoto at night. Airi was friendly helpful and informative. Really enjoyed the experience.

Kerry H

Magical Kyoto After Dark | Kyoto

Review by: Kerry H
May 2018

Discover Kyoto after dark

I was very impressed with my guide Guendalina, she was so helpful and I had a lovely time exploring Kyoto at night. She was very knowledgeable and we ate at such a great restaurant which I would never have discovered by myself. She was friendly and very personable. Keep up the good work. I would have no hesitation in recommending city unscripted. They are a great company with fantastic guides. Thank you for making my stay in Kyoto so enjoyable.

Helen W

Magical Kyoto After Dark | Kyoto

Review by: Helen W
September 2017

Work with CityUnscripted to create tours to really see and experience the places you visit!

I took two 4-hr tours with CityUnscripted while in Japan, the first in Tokyo and the second in Kyoto. Both guides, Andrew and Francesca, respectively provided great experiences when tasked with my request of "What would you show your friends and Family if they were visiting?" My trip to Japan was not long planned and I had no chance to do real research to inform my lists. The office staff were great to deal and were able to help me despite my plans being somewhat fluid. I would reach out to them again for tours anywhere they serve.