1. Japan
  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto
  4. Gion

Lonely Planet Experiences: Kyoto Evening Tour with a Local

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Experience Kyoto's magic as it comes alive after dark on a 3.5-hour walking tour with a local guide. Visit scenic temples & shrines rarely seen by tourists, discover Kyoto’s fascinating historic & modern blend, and snack on traditional Japanese treats.
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Duration 3.5 hours
Starting time 6:30 PM
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  • Experience the magic of Kyoto after dark
  • Look out for the different types of geisha in the fabled geisha district
  • Visit local spots that most tourists miss such as the Yasui Konpira-gu Shrine
  • Stroll past the historic wooden walls and lanterns of Yasaka, to the bustle of Karasuma’s local bars
  • Sample tasty snacks as you soak up the lively local atmosphere
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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience.

Immerse yourself in the drama of Kyoto at night and walk the lantern-lit wooden streets. Get a feel for the nightlife scene with the help of a local guide. Go to the Minamiza Theatre in the famous Geisha district of Gion and keep a look out for the geiko and maiko.

Escape the crowds and venture through the backstreets to arrive at Yasaka Shrine. Marvel as it is brought to life by the bright lights and buzzing crowds. Continue to the north part of Gion to find narrow streets lined with smaller and more modern clubs and bars that contrast with the Old Town. Cross the Kamo River and get a sprawling view of the restaurant district before entering the entertainment district of Pontocho, lit by traditional Japanese lanterns.

Go to the Teramachi arcade, where merchants sell everything from Manga comic books to statues of ancient gods and high-quality sushi knives. End with a visit to the Nishiki food market to check out a tachinomiya (stand-up only bar) popular with the locals.
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Traditional Japanese snacks and drinks
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
Not suitable for
  • People under 20 years

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Meeting point

Meet at the entrance to the Gion Corner theater, Hanamikoji Dori, 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku ward, Kyoto. Directions: The meeting point is 4 blocks from the intersection of Shijo-Street and Hanamikoji-Street. Hnamikoji-Street is 2 blocks east from Shijo-Ohashi Bridge. Take the city bus to Shijo Kawaramachi, the Hankyu railway to Kawaramachi Station, exit 1 (10-minute walk) or the Keihan railway to Gion-shijō Station, exit 6, (5-minute walk). From JR Kyoto Station it is an approximately 25-minute journey or about 15 minutes by taxi.

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What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• This tour includes a brief visit to a small shrine. Modest dress is highly recommended. Keep your shoulders covered and wear pants or a skirt that covers the knees
• You must be at least 20 years old to take part

From £79.05 per person

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Product ID: 70355