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Explore the Geisha world and real Kyoto

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Kyoto
Food and drinks
Nightlife
Art & Tradition
Fun with Kids
City walk
Girls' Favorites
Nature & Sports
English
2.5 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 begins right in front of Statue of Izumo no Okuni, she originated Kabuki theatre and inspired Geisha culture.

・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!

・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.

About

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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

Right in front of Statue of Izumo no Okuni the Exit 4 of Gion-shijo station.

Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/5BccSPAdMviBHucRA

What I will provide

Interesting and hilarious histories

A small secret gift

What to bring

A bottle of water

Some snack

Notes

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

1 Review

Sybil
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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