Kyoto: Lanes & Lant Small Group Tour with a Local Guide
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- See Kyoto transition from a daytime haven of shrines and temples to a magical nighttime town
- Wander the back streets of Gion and see if you can spot a few Geiko walking through the old quarter
- Visit local spots rarely discovered by tourists such as the Nishiki Tenmangu street shrines
- Jump through history, from the wooden walls and lanterns of Yasaka Shrine to the bustle of Karasuma’s tachinomiya
- Sample tasty snacks as you soak up the lively local atmosphere
From there, avoid the crowds and traverse the serene wooden backstreets through to Yasaka Shrine, where there’s an explosion of light and noise! Famous Yasaka is eternally alive, brought to life by bright lights and buzzing crowds, and lined with street food stalls selling Japan’s favourite evening snacks — everything from frozen bananas to skewered squid.
You then avoid the crowds a second time as we dart into the backstreets of northern Gion, walking through the narrow streets lined with smaller and more modern clubs and bars — a fascinating contrast to the quarter’s old buildings and historical air. Crossing the Kamo River, you take in the sprawling view of Kyoto’s restaurant district as it stretches into the distance along the river, before crossing into Pontocho. A centuries-old entertainment district now lined with bars and restaurants, Pontocho is lit almost entirely by traditional Japanese lanterns of every shape and size. Each restaurant has its own unique menu and atmosphere, but all retain an old-world charm.
From Pontocho, cross to Teramachi, a traditional Japanese-style arcade strip that stretches off into the distance. Roofed with glowing, cathedral-like arches, Teramachi is home to a countless variety of merchants and restaurants, including traditional Japanese bookstores and the ubiquitous, brightly lit Manga comic shops. Here, you can find everything from statues of ancient gods at a Butsudan-ya (Buddhist altar shop) to high-quality sushi knives and vintage clothing.
Leaving Teramachi’s arcade, head past the Nishiki food market to check out a tachinomiya — translated in English, ‘tachinomiya’ literally means ‘stand and drink shop.’ Bars with no seats offer locals a chance to enjoy drinks and light snacks en route to home or engagements elsewhere.
- Walking tour
- Food samplings: traditional Japanese snacks and drink
- Additional food and drink
- Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
- Transportation to/from the meeting point
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
In front of Gion Corner: 61 Hakatacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 〒605-0805 Directions: Four blocks south from the intersection of Shijo-Street and Hanamikoji-Street. Hnamikoji-Stree is two blocks east from the Shijo-Ohashi Bridge. Access: - By city bus to "Shijo Kawaramachi" - By Hankyu Railway: Kawaramachi Station exit 1 (10-minute walk) - By Keihan Railway: Gion -shijō Station exit 6, (5-minute walk) - From JR Kyoto Station: by city bus in approximately 25 minutes, or approximately 15 minutes by taxi
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