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Gion Corner Tours

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Gion Corner
Gion Corner is a convenient place for art lovers to visit while in Kyoto, as it brings seven traditional Japanese performing arts together under one roof. Attending one of its nightly performances is an ideal way to spend an evening in the heart of the Gion entertainment district while learning about traditional Japanese culture.
 
The Basics
Experience seven refined performing arts through short performances at Gion Corner: Kyo-mai dance performed by geisha, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, koto musical performance, Gagaku court music, Kyogen theater, and Bunraku puppet theater. These are performed together in a “digest,” a very easy way of experiencing these arts, which would take much longer to see individually. In addition to the performances, Gion Corner has a Maiko Gallery, where visitors can see videos of dances and examine the hairpieces worn by geisha and maiko.
 
Visitors enjoy Gion Corner on day or night trips around Kyoto, independently or with a group. Some evening walking tours include a stop at Gion Corner, as well as a traditional Japanese dinner and drinking experience.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Performances last 50 minutes.
  • Gion Corner offers tourist season discounts to encourage foreign visitors to experience Japan’s traditional arts. Check out the website for current details.
  • Gion Corner has its own app for visitors to learn more about traditional arts before their visit. It can be downloaded from the Gion Corner website.
 
How to Get There
It’s recommended to take public transport rather than drive to Gion Corner. It’s located in the geisha district of Gion, a popular area with tourists. It’s only a short walk from Gion, Gion-Shijo, and Kawaramachi stations.
 
When to Get There
From mid-March until the end of November, performances are held daily at 6pm and 7pm. From December until the second week of March, performances are only held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings, as well as some public holidays. No performances are held on select public holidays, so check the schedule online before planning a visit.
 
Visit Maruyama Park
Kyoto’s large Maruyama Park is a short walk northeast of Gion Corner. The park is especially famous for its cherry blossoms in spring, but it’s a serene place to walk at any time of year. It’s full of shrines, trees, and water features. An ideal Kyoto itinerary includes a visit to the park in the late afternoon, an early dinner in Gion, and a cultural performance at Gion Corner.
Address: Yasaka Hall, Hanamikoji, Kyoto 605-0074, Japan
Admission: Varies
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Gion Walking Tour by Night with Virtual Option

Gion Walking Tour by Night with Virtual Option

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Discover Kyoto’s magical Gion district, which is known for being the city’s Geisha area. Don't worry about language barriers, as a guide is there to help you translate and explain the difference between maiko, geiko, and other Japanese words. The unmarked narrow streets of Gion can make it easy to get lost at night, but this is not a problem with a guide to navigate and lead the way. Upgrade to a longer, private tour for a closer look at Geisha culture.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$12.84
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$12.84
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 Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond

Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond

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Get an insiders' eye perspective on Kyoto on this walking tour that combines a food tour with anthropological insight. Wander through the city's streets and understand the nighttime entertainment scene, from geiko (geisha) to hostesses. Afterward, sample regional specialties accompanied by included drinks at standing bars/restaurants.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$104.00
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$104.00
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Kyoto Evening Gion Food Tour Including Kaiseki Dinner

Kyoto Evening Gion Food Tour Including Kaiseki Dinner

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Immerse yourself in the Japanese culinary tradition of Kaiseki Ryouri during this evening food tour in Kyoto. Follow your guide through the Kamogawa and Gion areas, eating your way through a 10-course meal with included beverages and dessert.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$226.67
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$226.67
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Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Small Group or Private Tour

Kyoto Half-Day Small-Group Cultural Small Group or Private Tour

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Discover the Zen gardens, colorful temples, and ancient shrines of Kyoto on this small-group walking tour that’s limited to just 12 participants. Experience the elegant architecture and religious monuments of this historic Japanese city, once the imperial capital, as you join a guide on visits to the Gion Geisha district, Tofukuji Temple, and more.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$82.50
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Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

Private Highlights of Kyoto Tour

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Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural splendor of Kyoto on this private tour, ideal for first-time visitors. Choose from two different routes, both of which cover major Kyoto attractions including Nijo Castle and Kiyomizu Temple, and explore the city with a personal guide. On the northwest-bound route, you’ll visit the Golden Pavilion, Nishiki Food Market, and the bamboo groves of Arashiyama Park. Alternatively, the southeast course covers the Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and the Gion area. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this private tour. 
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  • 7 hours
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$224.74
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Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

Kyoto Private Custom Walking & Sightseeing Tour

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Take control of your Kyoto sightseeing and visit only the sights you wish to see on this private walking tour. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour lets you customize a half-day or full-day itinerary. Opt to visit the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji), Fushimi Inari Shrine, and Nijo Castle, or to stray from the beaten path to see an alternative side of Kyoto. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 to 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$157.00
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$157.00
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Bus Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto Meet Maiko in Gion and Kyoto Tour

Bus Trip from Osaka/Kyoto to Kyoto Meet Maiko in Gion and Kyoto Tour

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If you’ve got limited time in Japan, tick off Kyoto’s top sights with ease on a day trip from Osaka. Ideal for first-time visitors, this tour provides a comprehensive overview of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, which include Fushimi Inari Shrine and the district of Gion. Plus, unlike on conventional Kyoto tours, you’ll watch a maiko (apprentice geisha) performance and take part in a tea ceremony.
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  • 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$135.18
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$135.18
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5 Top Highlights of Kyoto with Kyoto Bike Tour

5 Top Highlights of Kyoto with Kyoto Bike Tour

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Kyoto’s traditional neighborhoods and scenic parklands are ideal for exploring by bike. On this tour, save time by cycling around the city and visit five of Kyoto’s most popular attractions in one day. Enjoy stunning views of the Golden Pavilion and the Kiyomizu Temple; pose for photos by the red torri gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine; and hop off to stroll around the Bamboo Forest and explore the geisha district.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$176.77
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Kyoto Private Night Tour: From Gion District To Old Pontocho, 4 Hours

Kyoto Private Night Tour: From Gion District To Old Pontocho, 4 Hours

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Stroll the back alleys of Kyoto, missed by many visitors, as dusk falls and they are at their most atmospheric on this private guided tour. In the company of just a guide and your party, see how ancient tradition blends with contemporary culture as you explore the enchanting wooden alleyways lit with traditional paper lanterns in the historic Gion district and the picturesque streets of old Pontocho, where, with luck, you might spot a geisha or two.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.58
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Cycling at Kyoto Higashiyama (Shimogamo jinja, Ginkakuji temple, Gion, etc)

Cycling at Kyoto Higashiyama (Shimogamo jinja, Ginkakuji temple, Gion, etc)

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Let’s ride on a bike to explore Higashiyama, the most popular area among Kyoto, where many famous temples and shrines concentrated in. This area is well-known about its jam-up, since thousands of tourists visit at all times of the year. Resulted in overcrowded buses and even if you are luckily get in, the bus may not move forward. There are so many bus services provided by several companies which makes you confused. Yet people surround you maybe also tourists like you who know little about the area. Let’s not waste your time reading maps, waiting for buses, and traffic jams. After we leave Kyoto station, we will guide you several places: Kyoto Gyoen National Garden, Shimogamo jinja, Ginkakuji temple, Tetsugaku-no-michi Street (the philosophers' path), Eikando, and Nanzenji temple. We continue pedaling to Gion area then the most busiest area of Kyoto, Sanjyo and Shijyo-kawaramachi. You can either drop the bike at the place where the tour ends or keep pedaling until Kyoto station.
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  • 8 hours
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$334.16
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Kyoto Virtual Tour

Kyoto Virtual Tour

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This is a virtual tour using Zoom, online conference system. This unique 1h tour brings you to one of the most beautiful and historical cities in Japan, Kyoto. Two friendly hosts will make your experience more interactive. We use not only photos or videos but also handmade materials or actual goods from guides' living room, that makes you feel livelier. You can ask them anything about Japan, Kyoto and other popular tourists spots by chat or by talk session after the tour. This tour will provide helpful hints for your future trip to Japan. PLEASE NOTE the tour time is Japan standard time. Make adjustment to your time when booking. We'll send you Zoom URL invitation a few hours before the tour.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
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8 Hours Tour In Kyoto With A Local: Private & Personalized

8 Hours Tour In Kyoto With A Local: Private & Personalized

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This personalized full-day Kyoto tour with a local is ideal for first-time visitors to the "City of Temples". You won’t waste a moment visiting places that don’t interest you as this tour is fully customizable based on your interests. Choose the neighborhoods you’d like to visit, and see many of Kyoto’s top sites. Exploring the city with a guide means you won’t get lost, and you'll learn lots of local tips that you wouldn’t discover otherwise.
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  • 8 hours
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  • Taking safety measures
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$173.73
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group or Private Kyoto Walking Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group or Private Kyoto Walking Tour

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Experience the glowing lanterns and lively atmosphere of Kyoto after dark on this evening walking tour with a small group. Experience the ancient Japanese capital after dark as you stroll the city’s serene back streets and visit city landmarks like Yasaka Shrine, the Pontocho restaurant district, and a ‘tachinomiya’ stand and drink shop for included food and drink samples.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$110.49
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Private And Personalized Experience: See Kyoto With A Local

Private And Personalized Experience: See Kyoto With A Local

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Exploring the historic city of Kyoto with a local guide gives you an experience you won’t get by following a guidebook itinerary. Discover local neighborhoods, see iconic attractions, and get recommendations from a guide who creates a personalized route based on your interests and needs.
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.43
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4 Hours In Kyoto With A Local: Private & Personalized

4 Hours In Kyoto With A Local: Private & Personalized

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It can be daunting as a first-time visitor to Japan to cope with language barriers and navigate around a new place. On this Kyoto half-day tour, take the stress out of travel planning by having a local host plan your day. Explore one or two neighborhoods of your choice, walking past multiple top attractions and learning about Japanese culture from your guide. By traveling with a local, you learn about hidden secrets off the beaten track that tourists wouldn’t usually visit.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$108.58
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$108.58
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Biking Tour in Kyoto

Biking Tour in Kyoto

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For those short on time and high on energy, join us for a one day all-you-can-Kyoto bike tour! Experience the tranquility of one of world's largest wooden buildings, learn about the history of Kyoto at the Imperial Palace Park, reflect on life at the stunning Golden Pavilion, enjoy a traditional sit-down lunch, capture the essence of Kyoto in the Gion geisha district and discover the majesty of the mighty Fushimi Shrine. Our shop is a 2 minute walk from Kyoto central station, our groups are small, our bikes are top quality 'Giant' hybrids, and our guides are relaxed, bilingual, experienced and safe! Sit back and let Cycle Kyoto show you around town!
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$123.89
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Kyoto Late Bird tour

Kyoto Late Bird tour

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Explore three important tourist attractions in Kyoto on a half-day tour that starts in the afternoon. Go to Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Yasaka Pagoda, and Kennin-ji Temple, and see rows of torii gates, well-preserved old wooden buildings, and the first zen temple in Kyoto. You’ll also stroll through the Gion district, and have time for other activities before the tour begins.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.21
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Gion Evening Highlights Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

Gion Evening Highlights Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Exploring the narrow alleyways of Kyoto’s Geisha District—Gion can be daunting for a first-time visitor. Eliminate the worry of getting lost by going on a guided tour. It’s a great way to discover hidden places that locals love, and to hear about Kyoto’s ancient past. Highlights include learning about Geisha culture and rituals, and visiting Gion, Pontocho, and Miyagawacho.
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  • 1 hour
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$30.97
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One Day Tour : Enjoy Kyoto to the fullest!

One Day Tour : Enjoy Kyoto to the fullest!

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Take in the highlights of Kyoto in one day with a guide who shares insights into the city’s history and culture. Stroll through the picturesque Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, and visit three important temples and shrines: Kinkaku-ji temple (Golden Pavilion), Ryoan-ji temple—known for its Zen garden, and Fushimi Inari shrine—known for rows of bright orange torii gates. You’ll also walk into the Gion district where you might see a geisha.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$160.53
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Kyoto Day Trip with Kuroge Wagyu Set Lunch

Kyoto Day Trip with Kuroge Wagyu Set Lunch

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Kyoto is teeming with world-famous historical attractions, but first-time travelers often have trouble covering all the highlights. Simplify your trip with this hassle-free, full-day sightseeing tour, and settle back in a comfortable bus to hit the city’s top sights, with easy pickup from Kyoto Station. Wander the 1,000 torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine, and get a peek at the famous Golden Pavilion.
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  • 6 hours
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$124.78
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10 Must-see Spots in Kyoto One Day Private Tour

10 Must-see Spots in Kyoto One Day Private Tour

If you have only one day in Kyoto and want to see all the top 10 must-see spots of Kyoto, this tour is the best for you. A professional local guide shows you the best, comfortable and convenient way to the spots. We uses the taxies three times to save your time and energy. This tour is a mixture of public transport and taxis. Thanks to taxis and a friendly local professional guide, you can visit the 10 most famous attractions such as the Fushimi Inari shrine (thousands of Torii gate), Golden Pavilion, Kiyomizu temple (with huge balcony), bamboo forest, Geisha district, and so on. If you check the spots you can visit in this tour, you can notice that all must see points in Kyoto are included!! Please enjoy the top ten spots with beautiful stories of your guide. ※We also welcome Japanese who are studying English and want to visit top 10 must -see points in Kyoto.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$392.83
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Kyoto Stunning Japanese Gardens Tour

Kyoto Stunning Japanese Gardens Tour

Kyoto is the best known sightseeing spot in Japan. As it was the old capital of Japan for over 1,000 years, it offers plenty of fabulous things to see such as venerated temples, shrines, Geisha and Uji matcha town. One thing we strongly recommend is to visit traditional Japanese gardens which are acknowledged and admired throughout the world. Some of them beautifully harmonize with the surroundings and others provide space to indulge in meditation. Here we offer a one-day tour introducing splendid gardens in Kyoto including Arashiyama Bamboo Grove.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$147.31
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$147.31
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Kyoto Traditional Heritage One Day Walking Tour

Kyoto Traditional Heritage One Day Walking Tour

Kyoto prospered as the capital of Japan for over 1,000 years. During that time, the emperor, the aristocrats and generals all lived here, and a rich culture developed. Even today, these traditions remain alive. In this tour we will explore the local traditional food, a venerated shrine, temples and a geisha quarter. In Kyoto the public transport network is not well developed because of the need to preserve the cultural assets. Though this tour involves quite a bit of walking, it provides the opportunity to get to know the traditions of Kyoto and to feel its charm and beauty.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$132.58
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Kyoto Gion Walking & Izakaya Hopping Tour

Kyoto Gion Walking & Izakaya Hopping Tour

Kyoto has been the Japanese capital for over 1,000 years. Until today, the traditional townscape, rows of old houses, and traditional culture unique to Japan have been well preserved. In this tour, you can enjoy walking around the traditional district including one of Kyoto's leading photo spots and Gion, which is the biggest Geisha district. You can also experience 2 Japanese Izakayas(restaurant bars) which are loved by and busy with locals.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$137.49
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$137.49
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