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Explore the Geisha world and real Kyoto

Food and drinks
Art & Tradition
Fun with Kids
City walk
Girls' Favorites
Nature & Sports
3.5 hours

What we will do

Kyoto is famed for its shrines and temples, which are full of countless unique stories that will astonish you, making you fall in love with and connect yourself to their ancient history. I am deeply fascinated by the tales and traditions hidden among the streets and behind the sliding doors of Gion. The mysterious world of Geisha can seem exclusive and challenging to discover, so on my tour I will reveal the history, rituals, and nuances of the art-form as well as the entertainers who adhere to this traditional lifestyle, while simultaneously providing other interesting facts and a deeper understanding of Kyoto through the secret or small details that are often hard to notice for visitors and locals alike.

・Tour begin with Sanjo bridge, where you'll literally feel its history.

・In Gion, you’ll learn of the lives of Geisha. With luck, you might even spot one!

・Visiting local shrines and temples, from overlooked to popular ones, you'll learn their basics and unique stories.

・Tour ends at the oldest Buddhist tower. I'll take a great pic of you with it!

・I'll walk you guys to a local lunch post-tour (optional).

Only 6-7 guests to keep the experience intimate and the quality high.


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Hi there, my name is Ken. I am a local of Kyoto who is deeply fascinated by the city, its history, and its culture. I'm especially into the Geisha culture, and the lifestyle and tradition of these Japanese entertainers.

Where we will meet

If You take

-the Keihan main line, you'll stop at Sanjo station, take the Exit 6(for Sanjo-ohashi South) and go aboveground .

-the Tozai subway line, you'll stop at Sanjo Keihan station, walk underground to Sanjo station(neighbor station), find the Exit 6 and go aboveground.

I'll be at the Exit 6 aboveground right next to Sanjo bridge. You will find me with a signboard "WALKING TOUR".

Google map:

What I will provide

Interesting and hilarious histories

A small secret gift

What to bring

A bottle of water

Some snack


Please note that I always try to avoid canceling, but in some cases, like a typhoon, it’s needed.

1 Review

Ken chose a subject of wide interest, one which is rarely dealt with by guides. He was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and delivered the goods. The tour was interactive. Ken asked us questions and then he asked us if we had questions. He took us to places we might not have ordinarily visited, which we found to be especially interesting. We loved his personality, energy, and passion.
Nov 13, 2019

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