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Kyoto Geisha Districts Tour

Visit the past and present of geisha culture in Kyoto

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Stroll along the oldest streets of Kyoto and learn about the lives of geishas

  • Visit three Geisha districts in Kyoto - Gojyorakuen, Miyagawacho and Gion
  • Learn about the process of becoming a Geisha and their daily lives
  • Enter Kaikado, the shop with the longest history in producing handmade tea caddies and Kenninji, the oldest Zen temple which is known to be the birthplace of Japanese green tea
  • Visit Tatsumi Inari Shrine, where girls pray to become accomplished geisha and famous names are etched into the structure
What We Love:

Take a walk down the three most famous geisha districts in Kyoto where you will pay a visit to establishments significant to the city's rich history. Stroll along the pathways of Gojyorakuen, once the most notorious red light district, before visiting Miyagawacho, known for geisha with talents for Japanese dance. The respectable geisha profession is often misrepresented - this tour aims to correct any misinformation. As you stroll the streets of Gion, your guide will explain all about what being a geisha means as you pass by boarding residences and entertainment houses. You may hear the faint tunes of geisha practising their musical skills or watch as a beautifully dressed geisha hurries over cobbled streets and ornate bridges to her next appointment. You'll also see the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto, also the birthplace of Japanese green tea, and a shrine with famous celebrities and geisha etched in the red posts.

Activity Details

4 Hours



Pick Up

24 Hours

14 Days


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email

Inclusive Of:

  • Private guided tour
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fees
  • Public transportation fees (additional fees will be charged for taxis and hired cars)
  • Hotel pick up (limited area)

Not Inclusive Of:

  • Cost of meal
  • Additional sightseeing activities cost
  • Hotel drop off (tour ends at Tatsumi shrine where your guide can direct you to your next location)


  • 9:00am-9:15am hotel pick up time (confirmed by operator after booking)
  • Kaikado tea caddy shop
  • Gojyorakuen district
  • Miyagawacho district
  • Kenninji temple
  • Gion Corner
  • Hanamikoji street
  • Kiritoshi alley
  • Shirakawa district
  • Tatsumi-Inari shrine
  • 1:00pm end of tour

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 6-11
  • Hotel pick up is available only for the hotels between Higashi-oji-dori and Nishi-oji-dori (to the east and west) and Imadegawa-dori and Jujo-dori (to the north and south). There will be a surcharge added if you require a taxi or hired car service. Please click here to check the pick up area

How To Use

  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • The voucher is valid only on the tour date and time specified
  • Hotel pick up time: 9:00am-9:15am
  • For those not staying in the designated pick up areas, please meet at 9:00am at Kyoto Station Central Gate (1st floor) or Kawaramachi Station Exit 1 to meet your guide


  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 14 days prior to the activity

Reviews (3)


Loved this tour. We got to learn so much about the geishas and their lives. None of the other cities we visited in Japan had the same feeling as the geisha districts of Kyoto. It really felt like stepping back in time walking around the small streets, visiting the temples, and learning more about the geishas. A great cultural tour of Kyoto for anyone who wants to learn more about Japan.


Visited Kyoto with my mother, a big Memoirs of a Geisha fan, and decided to do this tour. We both loved visiting all the Geisha districts and walking around the small streets. We learned so much about the lives of Geisha and my mom recognized some of the locations mentioned from the novel. Highly recommended for any fans of the novel!


My girlfriend really wanted to go on this tour because she loves the Memoirs of a Geisha movie, but I wasn't super enthused. When we finally starting walking around the districts though, it was such a great experience. Kyoto is so well preserved and it was such a delight to just walk around and soak in all the history. My girlfriend loved seeing all the locations from the movie and book, but I just really enjoyed taking in Kyoto itself. All in all, a great informative tour. I was pleasantly surprised.

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