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Immerse yourself in Kyoto’s geisha culture on this Gion walking tour. Your guide explains the difference between maiko, geiko, and many other terms, as well as the history and traditions of Japan’s old capital. See famous movie locations, and upgrade for a longer tour with a private guide for a more in-depth experience.
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Tokiwachō, 178
Japan, 〒605-0079 Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku, Tokiwachō, 178 井筒八ッ橋本舗北座祇園本店The best way to locate Gion Omoide Museum is to search in the google map by typing key word "gion omoide museum" However, it is small museum, and not familiar among people. If you ask locals about its location, please ask "Izutsu Yatsuhashi Gion Honten" which is the traditional pastry shop. The museum is located in the same building. Please arrive in the meeting place before 6pm or 15 minutes before 6pm.
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    Stop: 100 minutes -
    Join one of the most popular walking tours conducted by well-educated English-speaking guides in Japan with approximately 5000 guests a year. You will start exploring the hidden street of the Geisha district during the 100 minutes-tour. Take a walk down the classic cobblestone streets next to the Shirakawa river, the scenery of which was featured in the novel and movie, "Memoirs of a Geisha." While you walk along this beautiful stream, the guide will also tell you the history of geisha and give you a detailed explanation in regards to thier kimono, hairstyle, traditional rules and how thier daily life is like. Although there is no gurantee, during the walking tour, guests will often encounter geisha walking in the streets. Get ready to learn everything there is to know about world of the maiko and geiko! Or you can choose the private tour option for different price. In this option, your private guide takes you to the total three Geisha districts such as Ponto-cho, Miyagawa-cho and Gion with more in-detail explanation and hidden story for extended two hours.
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You'll end at
Gion Corner
570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0074, Japan
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  • Learn about the history and traditions of geishas in Kyoto
  • Visit places where 'Memoirs of a Geisha' was filmed
  • Let your guide handle navigation through the Gion district
  • Upgrade for a longer experience with a private guide
What to Expect
Your walking tour of Japan’s old capital begins by meeting at the Gion Omoide Museum. Explore Gion, which is famous for being the geisha district of Kyoto. During the tour, your guide points out locations that were featured in the book and movie 'Memoirs of a Geisha.' As you walk down cobbled streets and past a beautiful stream, hear stories of Kyoto’s ancient past. Your guide educates you on the history of geisha—from their kimonos and hairstyles to rules and daily rituals. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a geisha on the street. For a more in-depth experience, upgrade to a longer, private tour where you visit three Geisha areas in total—Gion, Pontocho, and Miyagawacho.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Japan, 〒605-0079 Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku, Tokiwachō, 178 井筒八ッ橋本舗北座祇園本店
1h 40m
Return Details
Gion Corner, 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0074, Japan
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Transportation to/from attractions
  • Hotel pickup/drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for participants with serious medical conditions
  • This tour has a maximum of 15 passengers per booking. If you require a booking for more than 15 passengers, please create a separate booking. Please note that more than 50 passengers may join the tour depending on the conditions of the tour departure date.
  • Small-group tour option (less than 8 guests guaranteed) can be chosen for different price
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kianey wrote a review Aug 2020
6 contributions1 helpful vote
Fantastic tour! Opted for the private tour (with just me and 3 others) and it was so worth the money as it was so educational and fun! Really recommend a private tour as we could choose where we wanted to go, what we wanted to do etc.
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Date of experience: December 2019
Avalenca wrote a review Mar 2020
Los Angeles, California86 contributions21 helpful votes
Walking around Gion learning the most interesting things about Kyoto's gueishas and maikos was beyond fun! Dai was a very knowledgeable guide.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Elizabeth H wrote a review Mar 2020
14 contributions16 helpful votes
We learned so much and saw so many beautiful places in the old part of Kyoto. I would highly recommend this tour. We had a lovely evening.
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Date of experience: February 2020
CharlieOscarPapa wrote a review Feb 2020
Dunedin, New Zealand387 contributions111 helpful votes
We did this tour a couple of evenings ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Excellent guide with good pace and lots of information. The group was about 10 people so a good size. Recommended.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Nigel A wrote a review Feb 2020
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom35 contributions5 helpful votes
Informative waking your just under 2 hours - the history of Gion, geishas and tea parties. We had Pre-booked - tried to re-arrange as weather forecast was for heavy rain. Couldn’t get hold of the travel company so went as scheduled. Didn’t rain too much.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Great tour of Kyoto
This was a great opportunity to discover parts of Kyoto not normally picked up by tourists and only locals would kn
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Amazzziiiiinnnggg !!!!
We booked our tour via viator and it was amazing. Our tourguide mie was very friendly and told us a lot about japan
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Insightful walk in Gion
Really enjoyed the tour. Truly educational for both adults and children. We learnt a lot about Geiko San and Maiko
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Caitlin D
Off the Beaten Track
Our guide, Mie, was awesome. She really had us walking all over Central and Eastern Kyoto. She was very personable
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A must-do if you're visiting Kyoto
Our guide Chako was very friendly, and was very knowledgeable about the places we visited throughout the tour. The
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Totally worth it
It’s a great walk. Our guide is very nice. Got to know lots of hidden spots and stories. Highly recommend.
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Fun and interesting
My wife and I went on the tour, really enjoyed it, tour guide was excellent. Would highly recommend to those visiti
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Rob C
Great traditional view of Kyoto.
Aiyan was fantastic and very knowledgeable and personable sharing aspects of her own life as we walked among the ol
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A bit difficult to find the meeting spot, almost thought we wouldnt make it in time. The meetup place was at the bo
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A "Must Do" in Kyoto
We went on the 5 hour walking tour in Kyoto. It was great. The guide was informative and we learned about Japanes
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Good Tour
We booked the tour for a Monday, 2 days in advance, based on the good reviews we found here. We had a really pleasa
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Grayson F
Amazing 5 hour Kyoto tour
We had Mie as our guide for this 5 hour tour and she did a phenomenal job leading us around Kyoto. She was super fr
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Tracy R
Do the tour!
Our guide was informative, funny, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Highly reccomend. The tour was such a great insi
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Brilliant guided walk
Aiwu was an interesting and entertaining guide. Learnt a lot about Kyoto that would not have known from the guide
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The tour show you the back of Kyoto
The tour is for people how what to see the behind the scene of Kyoto. The tour guide speak great English and she wa
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