What you'll 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.
I'm Ken originally from the countryside in the northern Japan. I travel a lot. 5 years ago after a year and half journey, hitchhiking across US and Canada I decided stop exploring abroad and moved into Kyoto. I have since lived in Kyoto and been 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. Also I've been personally running a small tour agency and offering walking tours. I've guided more than 1500 people so far. I promise that I'll answer you anything.
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Where you'll be
We'll meet up in front of Sanjo Bridge next to Keihan Sanjo station. Stop at there and take the exit 6 for Sanjo ohashi South. *Sanjo Bridge ↓ Ponto-cho Street ↓ Tatsumi-Bridge ↓ Hanamikoji Street ↓ Yasui-konpiragu Shrine ↓ *Yasaka pagoda You will enjoy around even after a tour(Ninenzaka area, Kiyomizu-dera temple, Kodai-ji temple)
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 6 guests ages 15 and up can attend.
Please note that I always try to avoid canceling, but in some cases, like a typhoon, it’s needed.
Explore the Geisha world & real Kyoto