It was great to go through Gion in the evening after most of the crowds had left. It gave a completely different atmosphere and was far better on a hot day. Sean was very knowledgeable and accomodating. The food and drinks at the end of...More
A favorite of poets and philosophers for centuries, the well-preserved old quarters of Kyoto contain some of the world’s most atmospheric streets—and they truly come alive at night. During this awe-inspiring neighborhood and food crawl, you’ll join your insider guide in the evening hours to wander Kyoto’s backstreets, where lantern light flickers alongside neon signs and ancient traditions coexist with cutting-edge nightlife.
Begin in the hushed old quarter of Gion, where you can listen carefully for the click of wooden okobo heels as kimonoed Geishas flutter between appointments. From there, you’ll head to the bright, noisy nightlife district of Yasaka, famous for its delectable street snacks.
Bypass the tourist traps and head into under-the-radar eateries and traditional Japanese shops across the river in Teramachi, where you’ll find everything from Buddhist altar gods to sushi knives. Your guide will be on-hand to fill you in on the history and culture of each sight as you wander deep off the beaten track into enchanting areas of Kyoto usually only glimpsed by locals. Round off your visit with a stop at a typical food and drink shop for some local delicacies.
Kyoto is Japan’s cultural capital, an elegant, history-filled city packed with hidden attractions and a lively street culture. During this intimate, after-hours walking tour, you’ll get an insider’s peek at the famed historic neighborhoods as the lantern-lit streets spring to life in the evening. Taste your way around picturesque lanes as you sample one-of-a-kind local snacks, from frozen banana to skewered squid.