Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond


Pontocho

98.80 USD

1 - 8

3 hrs


in Pontocho
From $98.80 USD
per person

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Overview
  • You and no more than five others will explore the local foods and entertainment districts of Kyoto on a not-so-standard, all-inclusive walking and eating nighttime tour! You'll mingle with locals, eat regional specialties at two different standing bar restaurants (though we often sit down at one or both), and be given a visual feast of a primer on the various nightlife scenes in Kyoto, from geiko (a.k.a. "geisha") on down. With a native or equivalent English speaking guide at your side, you'll get a clear understanding of what the area is all about. And with some great food and a couple of (included) drinks in you, the merriment will be all the more!

    Our tours are very small group (6 or less), which means much more attention and quality for you. Local insight, great food, and good times await.

    For those interested in trying some Kobe beef, be sure to choose the option which includes 100g (about 3.5 oz.) of prime Kobe area beef. It's reasonably priced, too!

Location
  • Around:
    • Pontocho
    • Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan
    • Yasaka Hall, Hanamikoji
    • 625 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward
    • Kyoto, Japan
  • Pickup: Gion-Shijo Station, Kawabatacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0076, Japan

Categories
  • Artsy Cultural Tours
  • Landmarks category Half-day Tours
  • Landmarks category Night Tours
  • Walking biking icon Walking Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 6:30 PM
  • Duration: 3 hrs

Additional
  • Price per person: $98.80
  • Size: 1 - 8 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide, German - Guide, French - Guide, Spanish - Guide, Japanese - Guide

Inclusion
  • Dinner.
    Two Alcoholic or Non-Alcoholic Beverages (one in each restaurant).
    Alcoholic Beverages.
    Entry/Admission - Kiyamachi Street.
    Entry/Admission - Kawaramachidori

Exclusion
  • Drinks beyond the two included. Additional drinks can be purchased directly from the restaurants if you wish.

Cancellation
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience

Nighttime All-Inclusive Local Eats and Streets, Gion and Beyond

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Kamogawa River, Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture

This famous river is where we start, and we also cross it again later in the evening.

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

A grand dame of Kyoto shrines, here we'll see architectural majesty, noteworthy landscapes, and also learn a bit about Shintoism versus Buddhism.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Gion, Kyoto 605-0074 Kyoto Prefecture

Learn about Kyoto nightlife past and present, who maiko and geiko are, and how the neighborhood has evolved over the years.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Kiyamachi Street, Ishiyacho Zaimokucho, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto 604-8002 Kyoto Prefecture

A lively part of the Kyoto nightlife tapestry, we make our first stop here for some food and drink.

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Possibly the most famous narrow restaurant street in Kyoto, we train your eyes on details you might otherwise miss.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Shimomaruyacho Kawaramachidori Sanjo Agaru Higashi Iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8006 Kyoto Prefecture

More recent Kyoto, and some modern bits too, plus another food stop.

Duration: 45 minutes

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability.
Not wheelchair accessible.
The minimum drinking age in Japan is 20 years old..
Tours limited to 6, but groups up to 8 are welcome in cases where the entire group is the same reservation..
Near public transportation.
Infants must sit on laps.
Vegetarians happily accommodated..
Most travelers can participate.
Gratuities are uncommon in Japan, however if you really enjoyed your time and want to show your guide how much you appreciate them, they’ll be extremely happy!.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.
Face masks required for guides in public areas.
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas.
Guides required to regularly wash hands.
Regular temperature checks for staff

Reviews

4.3 stars, based on 34 reviews
Ben
Ben

Wonderful Night time tour through the streets of Kyoto that was equal parts informative and funny. So many great historical, cultural, religious and political insights accompanied with some excellent food stops! Definitely worth booking, particularly if it is your first time in Kyoto like it was ours

19/02/2021
Raymond D
Raymond D

Our guide was very good with lots of information on areas.However we had this tour canceled because the company said they could not get produce ? So it was booked and canceled in one day .We agreed to go the next night and we were sent an email to say we would both be given an extra drink .Very awkward as we in a group of other travelers.Our poor guide had not been communicated with this by company and at the end when we asked for it he rang the company who ssid yes if we went back to other dinner venue
Disappointed and feel we should be given a credit from company .Not a nice way to end the night.We also felt for the price there should have been more food. Not our guides fault at all .We would have to question the company cancellation in the first place as we find it hard to believe Gion area had run out of food ! Still waiting to hear bout our drink refund .Disappointing

16/03/2020
judithrussell12
judithrussell12

What a fantastic experience! We did the walking tour on New Year's Eve and it set us up for the best New Year's Eve celebration ever. Our guide showed us some of the hidden treasures of Gion, and introduced us to the more quirky area within Gion, where the izakaya's are cheaper and more local's attend. Had we not gone on the tour, we would have never known about this particular area, which ended up being a highlight of our holiday and the cause of some very sore heads the next day!!

21/01/2020
judithrussell12
judithrussell12

What a fantastic experience! We did the walking tour on New Year's Eve and it set us up for the best New Year's Eve celebration ever. Our guide showed us some of the hidden treasures of Gion, and introduced us to the more quirky area within Gion, where the izakaya's are cheaper and more local's attend. Had we not gone on the tour, we would have never known about this particular area, which ended up being a highlight of our holiday and the cause of some very sore heads the next day!!

21/01/2020
Kimberly W
Kimberly W

I really enjoyed the night foodie tour. It was a great way to see the city and some temples and try food at restaurants I’d never ventured to on my own. The food was delicious and the temple tour was cool too. I felt like I learned so much more about Japan than I expected to on this tour. Mardi, our tour guide, was lovely. She has such a knowledge of the country and area and her Japanese is so impressive! She also gave me tips on other night illuminations I should visit while in Kyoto. I would highly recommend this tour! Ask for Mardi!

02/12/2019
Kimberly W
Kimberly W

I really enjoyed the night foodie tour. It was a great way to see the city and some temples and try food at restaurants I’d never ventured to on my own. The food was delicious and the temple tour was cool too. I felt like I learned so much more about Japan than I expected to on this tour. Mardi, our tour guide, was lovely. She has such a knowledge of the country and area and her Japanese is so impressive! She also gave me tips on other night illuminations I should visit while in Kyoto. I would highly recommend this tour! Ask for Mardi!

02/12/2019
amy p
amy p

Thoroughly underwhelmed with this tour and the tour guide. The food and locations we stopped were very good, but the guide’s style was a little abrasive and we were very anxious for the tour to end. It was a strange experience to have a guide who led with sarcasm and disparaging remarks about a lot of what she showed us, including a few odd comments about us being midwesterners. This was especially strange considering she was from Texas. Save your money. It’s definitely better spent elsewhere.

28/11/2019
amy p
amy p

Thoroughly underwhelmed with this tour and the tour guide. The food and locations we stopped were very good, but the guide’s style was a little abrasive and we were very anxious for the tour to end. It was a strange experience to have a guide who led with sarcasm and disparaging remarks about a lot of what she showed us, including a few odd comments about us being midwesterners. This was especially strange considering she was from Texas. Save your money. It’s definitely better spent elsewhere.

28/11/2019
Kent B
Kent B

Andres was a thoughtful and erudite host. He gave us meaningful context on Kyoto history, and showed us some fun local color, vibes, and food. Recommended!

22/10/2019
Kent B
Kent B

Andres was a thoughtful and erudite host. He gave us meaningful context on Kyoto history, and showed us some fun local color, vibes, and food. Recommended!

22/10/2019
tragel
tragel

A warm and intermittently wet evening took nothing away from the interesting tour Maddy took us on through the back streets of historical Tokyo. It is amazing what is hidden in these seemingly innocuous little streets right next to the front line commercial area. Maddy was a knowledgeable and fun person to have as the guide. We were also able to try some new food we would not normally have selected. Highly recommended if you are in Kyoto.

08/10/2019
tragel
tragel

A warm and intermittently wet evening took nothing away from the interesting tour Maddy took us on through the back streets of historical Tokyo. It is amazing what is hidden in these seemingly innocuous little streets right next to the front line commercial area. Maddy was a knowledgeable and fun person to have as the guide. We were also able to try some new food we would not normally have selected. Highly recommended if you are in Kyoto.

08/10/2019
ferrantef
ferrantef

Mardi is a charming and intelligent guide who showed the six in our group passageways off the beaten track and gave the right amount of historical detail and cultural insights about the more usual locations. The two restaurants contrasted each other and the variety of small plates which we shared were different than the standard dishes one would generally order. Overall a terrific treat.

07/10/2019
ferrantef
ferrantef

Mardi is a charming and intelligent guide who showed the six in our group passageways off the beaten track and gave the right amount of historical detail and cultural insights about the more usual locations. The two restaurants contrasted each other and the variety of small plates which we shared were different than the standard dishes one would generally order. Overall a terrific treat.

07/10/2019
Agnete B
Agnete B

It was an exiting food experience. We got to try different kind of food and some japaneese sweets. The tour startede with a nice walk in the festival aera with Kyoto history. We also got information about what we could experience in both Kyoto and Osaka. Mardi was our guide and did a great job. The time frame was good. We think it was a bit expencive compared to the prices in the bars/taverns. Thank you Mardi!

29/07/2019
Carole P
Carole P

Our tour guide Mardi took us around a heap of back streets and alleyways that we would have got totally lost in. She had good knowledge of the area and the history and was able to explain the different types of foods to us and order food that would suit our tastes.

10/07/2019
Carole P
Carole P

Our tour guide Mardi took us around a heap of back streets and alleyways that we would have got totally lost in. She had good knowledge of the area and the history and was able to explain the different types of foods to us and order food that would suit our tastes.

10/07/2019
nelsonekristen
nelsonekristen

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this tour! Between the expertise of our tour guide Niko, the food, and the atmosphere-this was the highlight of my trip to Kyoto.

24/04/2019
nelsonekristen
nelsonekristen

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this tour! Between the expertise of our tour guide Niko, the food, and the atmosphere-this was the highlight of my trip to Kyoto.

24/04/2019
chow.hwang
chow.hwang

This was my worst nightmare.
Operators give the wrong cell phone number of the guide twice.
Wrong direction.
I spent 2 hours walking to look for the guide and call and wrong contact numbers.
I was lost and freezing and starving in the cold until I got a taxi
I contact the company owner but he argued that I called him right before the tour, but I had been trying to call the guide's phone number which he provided for hours prior to my arrival to the airport a day ahead and that cellphone number just didn't work, which Kevin later on admitted that it was a wrong number.
Kevin speaks perfect English, there is no reason why he could not communicate to me a correct working phone number of the tour guide.
I am not mad because I miss out on the tour, I am mad about the poor communication and that wrong phone numbers were provided twice and when I couldn't get the 2nd wrong guide's phone number to work, I called Kevin again when I was walking in the cold because the address of the first restaurant address on GPS is pointing me to a garbage dumpster in the dark, I tried to call Kevin again and he will not picked up the phone.
And I can't reach the tour guide because I had a wrong non working cell phone number
I would have taken full responsibility for my delay in my arrival if I can at least talk to the tour guide with a correct working phone number

04/04/2019
Andrew S
Andrew S

An in depth and knowledgeable tour interspersed with a sumptuous array of culinary treats, our guide made a decided effort to both modernise ancient folk tales and delicately address modern cultural trends to appeal to our four-part band. She also ensured that the food appealed to our dietary and preferred needs whilst still urging us to attempt new and sometimes obscure meals which was exciting and great fun. Sadly we have forgotten her name, as we could not recommend her enough. But in her five years in Kyoto she has adopted a wealth of knowledge. On a nippy winter’s night, seeing her fluffy grey sleeves, beany adorning brown hair and a tentative smile weaving through the crowds was a reassuring and captivating experience. Would thoroughly recommend to any strangers to Kyoto looking for a light, but informed taster of what the city’s culture and food has to offer.

14/01/2019
Andrew S
Andrew S

An in depth and knowledgeable tour interspersed with a sumptuous array of culinary treats, our guide made a decided effort to both modernise ancient folk tales and delicately address modern cultural trends to appeal to our four-part band. She also ensured that the food appealed to our dietary and preferred needs whilst still urging us to attempt new and sometimes obscure meals which was exciting and great fun. Sadly we have forgotten her name, as we could not recommend her enough. But in her five years in Kyoto she has adopted a wealth of knowledge. On a nippy winter’s night, seeing her fluffy grey sleeves, beany adorning brown hair and a tentative smile weaving through the crowds was a reassuring and captivating experience. Would thoroughly recommend to any strangers to Kyoto looking for a light, but informed taster of what the city’s culture and food has to offer.

14/01/2019
indoperson
indoperson

Great insight to the local culture, and a good short history lesson of some of the more popular parts of Kyoto. Also loved the various restaurants we stopped in, truly felt like a local.

01/01/2019
indoperson
indoperson

Great insight to the local culture, and a good short history lesson of some of the more popular parts of Kyoto. Also loved the various restaurants we stopped in, truly felt like a local.

01/01/2019
William T
William T

This was a wonderful walking tour through the Gion area. Kevin provided a great narration of the area.

09/07/2018
William T
William T

This was a wonderful walking tour through the Gion area. Kevin provided a great narration of the area.

09/07/2018
Rory D
Rory D

If you're planning a trip to Kyoto, you should absolutely do this tour. It's worth every yen. You will get to sample a wide variety of delicious and interesting cuisine, and just as importantly, you learn a lot about the culture and history of the city, and things that outsiders don't necessarily know about, like shot bars vs. girl bars. Kevin is knowledgable and funny. He also does a tour in Osaka that is equally fantastic.He wants you to try new foods, but he was always willing to accommodate people if they had any dietary restrictions or preferences. I really appreciate his help as I try to push myself to be more adventurous. I can't recommend the tour highly enough.

21/06/2018
Rory D
Rory D

If you're planning a trip to Kyoto, you should absolutely do this tour. It's worth every yen. You will get to sample a wide variety of delicious and interesting cuisine, and just as importantly, you learn a lot about the culture and history of the city, and things that outsiders don't necessarily know about, like shot bars vs. girl bars. Kevin is knowledgable and funny. He also does a tour in Osaka that is equally fantastic.He wants you to try new foods, but he was always willing to accommodate people if they had any dietary restrictions or preferences. I really appreciate his help as I try to push myself to be more adventurous. I can't recommend the tour highly enough.

21/06/2018
jamie s
jamie s

The guide was hard to find because she didn't have a sign. My mom and I looked around for a group of people and/or a guide holding a sign saying something in regards to the tour. She was sweet however very reserved and quiet. My mom and I could barely hear what she was saying and it was only the 2 of us. It was pretty disappointing. We only had 2 nights in Kyoto and had really looked forward to this.

07/06/2018
jamie s
jamie s

The guide was hard to find because she didn't have a sign. My mom and I looked around for a group of people and/or a guide holding a sign saying something in regards to the tour. She was sweet however very reserved and quiet. My mom and I could barely hear what she was saying and it was only the 2 of us. It was pretty disappointing. We only had 2 nights in Kyoto and had really looked forward to this.

07/06/2018
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