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Kyoto: Geisha Districts Night Tour


This tour will take you on a walk with a foreign language guide through Kyoto's four Hanamachi districts of Gion Koubu, Gion East, Miyagawa-cho, and Ponto-cho.
While enjoying the beautiful streets and the atmosphere along the Shirakawa River, you will also get to know the charm of geiko and maiko.


During the daytime, there are many ordinary people who dressed up as geiko and maiko in this area, but after 5:30 p.m. is the time when you have many chances to meet real geiko and maiko.

The traditional social gathering place in Kyoto is called Hanamachi, which is made up of the following three businesses.

(1) Waiting area: Provider of a venue for enjoying meals, dancing and other entertainment, and ozashiki games.

(2) Caterers: Delivery companies that provide food to the waiting area.

(3) Okiya: Temporary staffing agency that trains and dispatches geiko and maiko.

Foreign-language guides who are well versed in these Hanamachi will explain the structure and attractions of the Hanamachi while walking through the four Hanamachi districts.

Gion Kobe is the largest hanamachi and Hanamikoji is its center.

Gion East is a place to relax and enjoy yourself away from the hustle and bustle of Gion Kobe.

Miyagawa-cho is located a little away from the other Hanamachi areas. It is a quieter area with a more traditional atmosphere, where you can enjoy Kyoto's original Hanamachi style.

Ponto-cho is a little different from other hanamachi, with a mix of teahouses, restaurants and ryotei (traditional Japanese-style restaurants). It is a lively and bustling hanamachi.

The Kamo River and the Shirakawa River complement these Hanamachi. In particular, the Shirakawa River, a small river no more than 15 meters wide, reflects the light of the hanamachi as it flows by. We will have tour guides who are professional in foreign languages to guide you through the Gion area.


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Meeting Place:
The meeting place for this tour is Exit 3 of Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Line.

The tour route is as follows:
Gion-Shijo Statione - Gion Koubu - Gion Higashi - Miyagawa-cho - Ponto-cho - Gion-Shijo Station

Want to experience more after this tour? We recommend the following:
W002 Kyoto’s Higashiyama: Tradition, Art & Religion Tour
W004 Toji, Fushimi Inari Shrine, & Tofukuji Temple Tour


Gion-Shijo Station - Gion Koubu - Gion Higashi - Miyagawa-cho - Ponto-cho - Gion-Shijo Station


・In the event of cancellation, the following fees will apply:
(1) 3-14 days prior to the program: 20% of the program fee
(2) 2 days prior to the program: 50% of the program fee
(3) One day before the program or on the day*: 100% of the program fee

*In the case of a no show, a separate remittance fee will also be charged.
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PROGRAM FEE(Excl. consumption tax)

Fee per Person
135 mins (Ends 19:45)

Gion Koubu, Gion East, Miyagawa-cho, Ponto-cho

2 persons
Guided tours in English by nationally licensed interpreter guides
・ Food & drink, shopping expenses, etc.
・ Transportation to the meeting place
・ Transportation from the tour end place

※ If you wish to be picked up from your hotel, an additional 3,300 yen (tax included) will be added to the fee.
◆ This is a shared program. Multiple groups may take this program at once.
◆ Please follow the instructions of the guide during the program. We will not be responsible for any accidents that may occur due to disobedience of the guide's instructions.
◆ Walking tours may be subject to change due to facility closures or weather conditions.
In such cases, we will guide you to alternative locations.
◆ The program duration stated is only approximate.
Please note that the duration of the experience may vary depending on the situation and the number of guests.
◆ For walking tours, you are requested to meet our guide at a designated meeting place.
If you are late, please contact us at 03-6432-0195 during business hours (weekdays from 9:00 to 18:00).
We may also provide you with an additional telephone number to contact in advance of the program.
◆ If you require special assistance during the program due to any of the following: religious reasons, physical conditions, illness, allergies, or the age of children, please be sure to indicate this in the remarks section of the reservation form at the time of application.
Please note that we cannot guarantee any arrangements or changes to the program without prior inquiry.
◆ The minimum number of participants for this program is 2.
◆ This program is typically held in English. However, languages other than English can also be supported.
Please inquire at for details.
◆ Our business hours are from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays.
Please note that inquiries received outside of business hours will be handled on the next business day.
The application deadline for this program is 10:00 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) five business days prior to the tour date.
If you wish to apply after the deadline, please contact us at
◆ Please note that we cannot guarantee arrangements for programs purchased after the application deadline without prior inquiry.




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