Gion Walking Tour

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Gion Walking Tour

*This experience is currently NOT available.

  • Walk towards the Hanamikoji Street where the most elite and prestigious teahouses of Kyoto are located.
  • We will walk in front of the teahouses and pass by Gion Corner.
  • We will then briefly stop by the Kenninji temple and Yasui Konpiragu shrine where we talk about the difference between shrine and temple.

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The walking tour lasts about 45-60 minutes, just enough to learn what you may be wondering about the mysterious world of geisha and the historic Geisha neighborhoods. Whether it is the geisha kimono, the training of the apprentice geisha or the flaws of the movie “Memoirs of Geisha” you will learn a lot. Walking in the historic Gion geisha district will undoubtedly give you a feeling of time travel where every street has many stories to tell.

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Recently there are many incidents where tourists engage in irresponsible behavior in Gion which include
  • Blocking the way of the geisha to take a photo
  • Chasing and bothering the geisha
  • Touching the geishas kimono, hair, accessories
  • Trying to take a selfie with a geisha
  • Taking the photo of a geisha when she is with a guest
  • Littering on the streets of Gion
  • Eating fast food while walking in Gion
  • Smoking or drinking alcohol on the streets of Gion
  • Sitting on the streets of Gion

Please remember

The geisha are human beings, they are not objects. You have to respect the privacy of the geisha. You have to understand that you endanger yourself and the geisha in the narrow streets of Gion when you come too close. You have to understand that geisha’s are likely on their way to work and they should not be late.

About Us

We are Maikoya Teahouse. All of our guides speak fluent English and know how to make you feel at ease by always being patient and smiling constantly. We also provide handouts in different languages in case you have limited language skills. By participating in this tour you will have a local “friend” showing you around rather than being dragged to routine places by a stranger.

We know that travelers neither want a history lecture nor a fast facts trivia. They just want to feel like a local and learn the Japanese view of Geisha and Gion and history. Our guests also often ask us about the souvenir shops, restrooms, hidden gems, transportation to their next stop and local favorite restaurants. So we prepared the perfect package tour with the best price that will make your trip to Japan extra rewarding.

Kyoto Geisha Show & Experience GION MAIKOYA

We are a cultural experience venue located in the heart of Kyoto,Gion the cultural capital of Japan. We pride ourselves on providing authenthinc experiences in Kyoto, Gion. Founded on the four main pricinples of tea ceremony (Harmony, respect, purity and tranquility) Maikoya has gained recognition among both locals and foreigners. Maikoya also recently has been selected as one of the best tea ceremony venues in Japan by Tripadvisor. Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya Gion offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend an afternoon than learning a traditional, beautiful new art form with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn't find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendour.

Our address is 100, Rokurocho, Matsubara-dori Yamatooji Higashiiru, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Japan
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