Gion Walking Tour

Half Day

  Kyoto

Half Day

Gion Walking Tour

  Kyoto

Explore Kyoto’s famous Geisha district on this half-day walking tour of Gion. Stroll past quaint teahouses, explore the city’s oldest Zen temple and visit the famous Yasaka Shrine. Take a closer look at traditional Geisha culture and, if lucky, glimpse a real-life Geisha along the way.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Get insight into the Geisha culture whilst exploring the vibrant Gion district on foot
  • Explore Kyoto’s oldest Zen temple, home to a serene rock garden and one of Japan’s most famous artworks
  • Visit the ancient Yasaka Shrine, site of the famous Gion Festival

TOUR INCLUSIONS

  • English-speaking guide
  • Public transportation from hotel to Gion district
  • Entrance fee to Kennin-ji Temple

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Gion Walking Tour

DAY 1 - Gion Walking Tour

Start the day with a stroll through Miyagawa-cho, one of Kyoto’s five active ‘Hanamachi’ or geisha districts. Continue to Hanamikoji Street, the main street of Gion district, and enjoy the aroma from the many traditional restaurants and ‘Ochayas’, otherwise known as Japanese tea rooms. If lucky, spot a Geisha or a Maiko (apprentice Geisha) whilst walking around this historical area.

Reach Kennin-ji temple and visit the city’s oldest Zen temple, founded in 1202. Explore its beautiful ‘Karesansui’, Japanese rock garden, and admire the famous artwork of ‘Fujin-Raijin-zu’. Depicting the Gods of Wind and Thunder, the painting by celebrated artist Soutatu Tawaraya is considered a national treasure.

End this tour of Gion at the venerated Yasaka Shrine. Established over 1350 years ago, the Shinto shrine connects the Geisha District of Gion and the beautiful Higashiyama Temple District and is the location of the popular Gion Festival.

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