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

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

    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 restaur...

    Enjoyed the history and seeing a couple out-of-the-way neighborhoods. Mardi was an outstanding guide and provided an enjoyable evening visiting places we’d never have found on our own.

  • Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

    2. Welcome to Kyoto: Private Walking Tour with a Local

    Transform the way you travel and make it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Get a welcome to Kyoto from a local host eager to share all the tips and tricks to help you make the most of your stay. Meet at your hotel or accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Learn about the best places to eat, buy groceries and the easiest ways to get around. Alternatively, arrange to meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Hear about the top things to do, customized to your interests. By the end of the tour, you will feel more comfortable navigating the city on your own with all the information you need.

    Our guide Agustin was so helpful and friendly. He took us to a lovely temple that wasn't on the main tourist trail, which was a great opportunity to escape the crowds of Kyoto in the autumn colours season. Our walking tour included all the things that we'd expressed interest in when booking. After the tour, Agustin also kindly emailed me information that he had researched for us about a museum exhibition and antique shop because we'd explained that we were interested in Japanese netsuke. Thank you Agustin!

  • Kyoto: Private Photoshoot with a Professional Photographer

    3. Kyoto: Private Photoshoot with a Professional Photographer

    Capture your time in Kyoto with a photoshoot in one of the city's most popular attractions. Get your photo taken and learn about local monuments on this private experience. After your photo session, you'll receive professional-quality images to cherish. Select one out of four locations to have your professional photo session. Have your photoshoot amongst gardens and mountains views at Arashiyama Kimono Forest. Experience tradition and charm at Kiyomizu-dera Temple. See the famous red gates of Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Explore the grounds of Yasaka Shrine and see the famous geisha district of Gion.

  • Kyoto: Private Rickshaw Tour of Gion and Higashiyama Area

    4. Kyoto: Private Rickshaw Tour of Gion and Higashiyama Area

    Explore the traditional neighborhood of Higashiyama from the comfort of a rickshaw with a knowledgeable guide. Admire the well-preserved wooden townhouses, see some of Kyoto's most famous temples, and pass through the vibrant geisha district in the Gion area. Learn about Japanese culture, heritage, and customs on this private customizable tour. Meet your guide on the cobbled streets by the Kodaiji Temple in Higashiyama, a nationally designated historic area. Travel back in time as your guide pulls you through the historic neighborhood, filled with traditional buildings and shops. Stop to take photos at the most scenic spots in each location. Choose from 4 different tour durations to suit your schedule, from the introductory 45-minute tour, to the comprehensive tour of 3 hours and 10 minutes. With the longer tours, you’ll continue through the wealth of sights in Higashiyama and the nort...

    Our ride was an absolute joy!!! Mitsu was charming, spoke English, took time to explain everything, made sure my dad (80 years old) was warm and safe.

  • Kyoto : 1-Hour Gion Evening Highlights Guided Walking Tour

    5. Kyoto : 1-Hour Gion Evening Highlights Guided Walking Tour

    Save time and money on this value-packed tour of the Gion district with a multilingual tour guide. Experiencing a side of Kyoto that most tourists do not get to see. You'll start your evening by meeting your guide at the Tatsumi Daimyojin Shrine, the center of Gion. While exploring Gion, your guide will show you the history and culture of the Geisha. Learn about their kimonos and hairstyles, rules, and daily rituals. You'll walk down the cobbled streets of three3Geisha areas in total: Gion, Pontocho, and Miyagawacho while you listen to stories of Kyoto's ancient past. If you're lucky, you may even spot a geisha on the street.

  • Kyoto: 3-Hour Kiyomizu-dera Temple Walking Tour

    6. Kyoto: 3-Hour Kiyomizu-dera Temple Walking Tour

    Meet your guide at the Yasaka-Jinja Shrine Nishiromon Gate. Explore the area of Kiyomizuzaka with its quaint atmosphere typical of Kyoto. See old teashops, sweet shops, and traditional Japanese sun-dried food shops lining the streets as the Maiko and Geisha walk the streets gracefully. Make your way to the most colorful temple of Kyoto, Yasaka Koshin-do. Note the many colorful balls which hang from the ceiling and have wishes written on them. Afterwards, stop at several eateries on the streets and enjoy some local snacks. Next, visit Kiyomizu-dera Temple. Known as the "Water Temple", this is one of the most famous temples in Japan. Built on the site of the Otowa Waterfall, stand on the wooden platform and admire the views of cherry and maple trees, as well as the city of Kyoto in the distance. Visit the Otowa Waterfall and drink a cup of its clear water, which is said to bring good luc...

  • Kyoto: Private 2.5 Hour Historical Walking Tour

    7. Kyoto: Private 2.5 Hour Historical Walking Tour

    Meet up in the west gate (red gate) of Yasaka Shrine. At first, the guide will tell you about the history of Kyoto with a map of Kyoto. Start the tour with the explanation about Yasaka shrine. In Yasaka shrine, the guide will explain how to worship at a shrine.  Next, going through Maruyama Park, located next to Yasaka Shrine, you will find a busy street whose name is Nene-no-michi. Nene is the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a political leader in Japan in the late 16th century. Entokuin is a temple associated with Nene. Entokuin is a Zen temple, with beautiful dry landscape gardens, famous pictures depicted on sliding doors of the rooms in the temple. You can see  traditional Japanese rooms. You can enjoy the serene atmosphere of the temple. After going out of the temple, you will find a narrow street called Ishibe-koji. Walking further, you will find red ornaments hung from the eaves of ...

    What a wonderful tour. Our tour guide knew everything and told us so many interesting stories. One of the best tours we made. Highly recommended to all visiting Kyoto.

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What people are saying about Yasaka Shrine

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 203 reviews

Wonderful tour where you can learn about the history of Kyoto and eat your way through it in local spots!! The guide, Mardi, was fantastic, and I really enjoyed trying new food that I wouldn't have known to order. I would 100% recommend this tour!

Enjoyed the history and seeing a couple out-of-the-way neighborhoods. Mardi was an outstanding guide and provided an enjoyable evening visiting places we’d never have found on our own.

Hisako has been a great guide, very close and with many stories to tell. He has also given me many suggestions to visit after the tour. I have been delighted!

Our ride was an absolute joy!!! Mitsu was charming, spoke English, took time to explain everything, made sure my dad (80 years old) was warm and safe.

Kokoro was great, very helpful and knowledgeable. We covered a lot of ground.