3.5-hour Gion Private Evening Tour


Tour Number

Activity Level



Youth and Family, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, After Dark


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



Japanese (fluent), English (advanced)

Elusive images in the Geisha district

Explore the back streets and alleyways of Kyoto's Geisha districts in Gion and enjoy the contrast between the vibrant daytime and the serene evening after the crowds disappear. The urban wonders of the ancient capital Kyoto at dusk in the Gion district cannot be missed.

The standard group size is up to 4 people.
Please contact me for a larger group.


The tour starts by strolling along the lovely Shirakawa canal. You'll be surprised how quickly you can move away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets. We'll take you to the Geisha districts where you might be able to catch a glimpse of Geisha walking along the street. As the light fades and night falls, we'll transition to the Yasaka/Higashiyama area. Here, we'll enjoy walking along lane ways in the historically preserved district, seeing a 5-story pagoda with its stunningly intricate structure before arriving at Yasaka Shrine, a major Shinto Shrine in Kyoto. After briefly taking a look at a quirky shrine where a deity of beauty is enshrined we'll head over to a local restaurant to have a light meal and conclude the tour.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: At the east end of Shijo-Bridge on the north side. Please meet me by a statue.
It's by EXIT 5 of Keihan Gion-Shijo Station

End location: In Gion. Dropoff service is not available with this tour, I will direct you how to get to your accommodation and make sure you get a taxi.

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.

This is a fully walking tour.
Walking part: 3 hours
Light meal part: 30 minutes


This is a fully walking tour.

What’s Included

Other: - The value of a private tour
- Local insights by an insider of Kyoto

Estimated Local Cash Needed

1000 JPY - Optional: Light meal + drink per traveler.

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Food, Drinks, Snacks

Other: - Your meal


I am unable to provide driving tours.

A Recent Review of this tour

Takaaki provided a lovely tour of the Gion district. We learned about the Geisha culture in Kyoto and saw three Geiko/Maiko walking to local tea houses. Takaaki has a lot of knowledge about their training and the local stores which sell the beautiful hair pieces and shoes. We moved on to visiting the Shinto shrines and once again learned about the specifics of each and what locals go to pray for--break-up shrine anyone? A trip through the lovely back streets and ramen for dinner at a local restaurant.
Jamie Birkett

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