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Kyoto: All-Inclusive 3-Hour Food and Culture Tour in Gion

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37 reviews

Activity provider: Pinpoint Traveler

Kyoto: All-Inclusive 3-Hour Food and Culture Tour in Gion

Activity provider: Pinpoint Traveler
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From US$ 89.81 per person

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Take a fully inclusive stroll-and-dine that features 2 local Kyoto standing bars, a meal's worth of tapas and small dishes, and a bonus fun and interesting journey through the famous Gion district's labyrinth of entertainment areas.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Enjoy a large and varied dinner between two quality local restaurants, where regional tastes are featured
  • Visit Yasaka Jinja in the evening and bask in its nighttime aesthetic and get an enriching primer on Japan's main religions
  • Explore not just the Gion, but Ponto-cho area as well, where you'll be versed in what flourishes in the Geisha restaurant district today
  • Get to know other travelers in a small group of no more than 6 participants
  • Benefit from the services of an English, German, French, or Spanish-speaking guide
Full description
Explore the Gion district by night with an experienced English, German, French, or Spanish-speaking tour guide who knows everything there is to know about the area. The tour starts near Kamo river, where you’ll learn about how the tradition of Geishas came to be. After a short stroll along a busy commercial street, you’ll slip into a calm, quiet area to visit the Yasaka Jinja shrine. After that touch of education, it’s off to the Gion.   The Gion has secrets and history scattered across its narrow streets, but this is also a modern entertainment district—so it’s time for a deep dive into what goes on here. Your guide will keep it light and fun, and explain some of the more interesting cultural mores of these parts. Step into a restaurant and graze from a multitude of small plates at a sort of Japanese-style tapas experience. Enjoy a drink as well before continuing on.   Between restaurant stops, there will be an exploration of Kiyamachi, Ponto-cho, and some other commercial and nightlife streets. Your guide will show you both modern and historical Kyoto, painting a well-rounded picture that gives you a real sense of the place. This tour keeps the groups small and includes your food and drinks, so that you can have a carefree night like you’re simply hanging out with someone who knows the neighborhood. A delicious Kobe (or nearby sourced) Beef option is available on top of the usual food and drink. This option is for bookings at least 10 hours in advance.
  • A full dinner across two restaurants
  • Two drinks (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • Gratuities (tipping is not the custom in Japan)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional drinks (may be purchased)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the life-size bronze Geisha statue (Statue of Izumo-no-Okuni), just outside exit 5 of Gion Shijo station. We recommend searching Google Maps for "Izumo-no-Okuni".

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Please indicate while booking those with allergies, or other food choice preferences.
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

based on 37 reviews

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Great tour and fellow travel mates. Mardi our guide was fantastic and knew so much about the area and food. Nice tour around a shrine and the neighborhoods combined with two stops for tapas. And she wanted to make sure we all had enough food, so I finished full but not stuffed.

November 1, 2022

A tour worth taking! Mardi was our fantastic guide - so knowledgeable and personable. We came away from this feeling like we have a good overview of the local history and the food culture. The variety of dishes chosen for us to taste was excellent, and we enjoyed the locations where we ate - we couldn’t have had this experience without Mardi.

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October 22, 2022

Mardi was right on time on a crisp Christmas evening with a cheery demeanor and a pleasant smile, even though we both wore COVID masks. She had an exhaustive knowledge of Japanese history and culture, including local landmarks from temples to tea houses to brothels. My favorite tale was the creation of a local shrine to the tenuki spirit that dragged people into the nearby river. She also picked excellent places to grab some refreshments. The cheese and tofu soup was the highlight of the trip. I totally recommend Mardi's tour of the Gion and surrounding area if you find yourself in Kyoto.

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December 27, 2021

Product ID: 274192