Lonely Planet Experiences: Small-Group or Private Kyoto Walking Tour

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The true magic of Kyoto comes alive at the end of the day, when the past and the present blend into the night! Take to the streets as dusk falls and see how argon lights mix with paper lanterns, age-old shrines squeeze into busy shopping streets, and aged wood is decorated with modern street art.

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  • What's included :
    • Local English speaking guide
    • Food samplings: traditional Japanese snacks and drinks
    What's excluded :
    • Additional food and drink
    • Souvenirs and items of a personal nature
    • Transportation to/from the meeting point
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Gion, Kyoto 605-0074 Kyoto Prefecture

    One of the most famous spots in Kyoto and the heart of unique Maiko and Geisha culture. The streets are filled with shops, restaurants and ochaya where Maiko and Geisha perform. Gion is beautiful at night when lanterns are lit.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Yasui-Konpiragu, 70 Benten-cho, Todaijimatsubara, Kyoto 605-0000 Kyoto Prefecture

    The Yasui Kompira-gu is popular amongst young women who want to break off a bad relationship.
    The very unique ritual of crawling through a hole in the paper covered stone is performed here.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Nineizaka (Ninenzaka), Japan, 〒605-0826 京都府京都市東山区桝屋町清水2丁目

    Ninenzaka is a charming sloped street filled with shops, cafes and restaurants housed in traditional buildings.

    Duration: 20 minutes

    Stop At: Yasaka Shrine, 625 Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073 Kyoto Prefecture

    Founded over 1350 years ago, Yasaka shrine is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. Hundreds of lanterns are lit in the evenings.
    The famous festival, Gion Matsuri is held there in July every year.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Pontocho District, Nakagyo-Ku BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture

    Pontocho alley is filled with a variety of restaurants and bars, ranging from inexpensive to gourmet cuisine. It is the most atmospheric dining street in Kyoto.

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Gion Corner, 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0074, Japan
    Departure Time :
    6:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Karasuma Station, Naginatabokocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8008, Japan
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Modest dress is highly recommended as you will be visiting a shrine (It is recommended to have your shoulders and knees covered.)
    • Small group is a maximum of 12 people
    • Some food allergies can be accommodated; please advise your local tour operator at the time of booking
    • Minimum age is 20 years
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Activity ID: V-5263P5

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