Night-time Exploration in the Geisha district is the world famous and one of the most popular walking tours in Japan with about 5,000 guests a year. Since its start in 2007 by Ted Ueno, the tour fee remains unchanged from 1,000 yen per person (free for children), and the tour must be the most reasonable one of this kind in Japan. During the 100 minute-tour, the guide will lead you to the hidden street of the Geisha district walking down the classic cobblestone street next to the Shirakawa river, the scenery of which was featured in the novel / movie, "Memoirs of a Geisha," and while walking along the beautiful stream, the guide will tell you the story about what the geisha is with in-detail explanation about their kimono, hairstyle, traditional rules, and how their daily life is like, and more... During the tour, guests will often encounter Geisha walking in the street, though we can not guarantee.
From March through November: 18:00-19:40
From December through February: 17:00-18:40
In front of “Gion Omoide Museum” building nicknamed as “Kitaza” by Kyoto locals. Its 1st floor is Izutsu Yatsuhashi pastry shop.
Book and pay by credit card on TripAdvisor (equivalent of ¥1,000 per person / free for children: 12 years old and younger)
Simply text “Gion Omoide Museum” to find the location by Google Map.
The location is usually called “KITAZA” by Kyoto people, but Google Map does NOT show by that name. So please find it by the name “Gion Omoide Museum” instead. From JR Kyoto Station, take Kyoto City Bus #4, #5, #17 or #205; get off at Shijo Kawaramachi and walk about 5 minutes to the northeast (see map). The closest train station is Keihan Gion Shijo Station.