Treasures of Kyoto: Geishas & Traditions Private Tour

Badge of ExcellenceKyoto, Japan
Geisha Private Tour Kyoto
Likely to Sell Out

From USD 112.79

Price varies by group size

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Kyoto is known for its Geisha culture, stunning temples, and ancient traditions—but without insider knowledge or comprehensive research, it can be tricky to design a whistle-stop itinerary. With this tour, enjoy the company of a private guide to take you around Kyoto and showcase its hidden treasures. Find out about the city’s history, and tick off highlights, such as Minamiza Theatre, Shijo Dori, and Yasaka Shrine.
  • Private tour of Kyoto that’s ideal for time-tight travelers
  • Tick off Gion, Maruyama Park, and Yasaka Shrine in a day
  • Learn about Geisha culture, ancient shrines, and Japanese traditions
  • Explore Kyoto’s backstreets with a guide to navigate so you don’t get lost

What's Included

  • Private Tour
  • Local Guide
  • This tour is carbon neutral
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Food & beverages not listed as inclusions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Kawabatacho
    Kawabatacho, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0076, Japan

    The host will meet you in front of the statue of Izumo no Okuni.

End point

  • Yasaka Kamimachi
    Yasaka Kamimachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0827, Japan

    Yasaka no To temple

What To Expect

Statue of Izumo no Okuni

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Minamiza : The Kabuki Theater of Kyoto

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tatsumi Daimyojin Shrine

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Shinbashi Dori

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Chion-in Temple

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Maruyama Park

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Yasaka Shrine

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Shijo Dori

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Yasaka Shrine

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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21 reviews
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Awesome tour!!
Robert_D, Sept 2023
Kako was very knowledgeable and interesting! We loved all three stops and Kako made them fun in spite of the rain. Our first stop at The Shinto Shrine was our favorite, the Second one was the Buddhist Temple (wow, we couldn’t believe how many hundreds of Buddhas there were)! Shogun palace was educational and we were fascinated by the nightingale floor in particular and understanding the role of the Shogun.
An enjoyable tour through Gion’s history/Geisha culture
Estelle_E, July 2023
Ted was an informative and knowledgeable guide to Gion and the Geisha life. He had a good understanding of the history and conveyed that during the tour. Highly recommend!
Fantastic tour guide
Briony_C, May 2023
Guia was a sensational guide. She had so much knowledge and her stories really brought the tour to life for us.
Fantastic experience, informative and fun
Madalina_L, Mar 2023
Ted was an amazing guide, he was very informative, provided a great cultural background to the sites we visited, was engaging and given the fact that I was with my 12 year old son, he adapted the script to include my son into the conversations...great tour!
A great tour to familiarise yourself with Gion!
Jasmine_N, Nov 2022
Shohei was very warm and friendly, which characterised our tour: it felt like being lead around Gion by a very knowledgeable local friend! Our meeting spot was easy to find, the pace of the tour was very relaxed, and we had plenty of time to stop and take photos, ask questions, and just generally meander and get to know more about Japanese culture, customs and history through conversation as we walked and explored the neighbourhood.

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