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Kyoto - Lanes and Lanterns Private Evening Tour Including Traditional Japanese Snacks

  • See Kyoto at night when its lanes are lit-up by lanterns

  • A private evening tour means a more personalized experience

  • Traditional Japanese snack tastings included

Kyoto - Lanes and Lanterns Private Evening Tour Including Traditional Japanese Snacks
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Kyoto - Lanes and Lanterns Private Evening Tour Including Traditional Japanese Snacks
Many people believe Kyoto is most beautiful at night, as this is the time that the narrow lanes are lit-up by lanterns. Enjoy a private evening tour with a guide to take you to special places that you wouldn’t find alone. Try delicious local snacks, and avoid crowds by taking secret shortcuts. You’ll see beautiful buildings, temples, and shops with guide commentary along the way.
What to Expect

Experiencing Kyoto by night is an essential part of any visit to Japan’s city of tradition. Walking through the old town’s lantern-lit wooden streets is an otherworldly experience not to be missed!

We’ll begin our private Kyoto tour at Minamiza Theatre in Kyoto’s famed Geisha district of Gion. As we wander, there’s a good chance you’ll see both Geiko and Maiko breezing through the narrow alleyways of the old quarter.

From there, your private guide will help you avoid the crowds and traverse the serene wooden backstreets through to Yasaka Shrine, where there’s an explosion of light and noise! Famous Yasaka is eternally alive, brought to life by bright lights and buzzing crowds, and lined with street food stalls selling Japan’s favourite evening snacks — everything from frozen bananas to skewered squid.

We’ll then avoid the crowds a second time as we dart into the backstreets of northern Gion, walking through the narrow streets lined with smaller and more modern clubs and bars — a fascinating contrast to the quarter’s old buildings and historical air.

Crossing the Kamo River, we’ll take in the sprawling view of Kyoto’s restaurant district as it stretches into the distance along the river, before crossing into Pontocho. A centuries-old entertainment district now lined with bars and restaurants, Pontocho is lit almost entirely by traditional Japanese lanterns of every shape and size. Each restaurant has its own unique menu and atmosphere, but all retain an old-world charm.

From Pontocho, we’ll cross to Teramachi, a traditional Japanese-style arcade strip that stretches off into the distance. Roofed with glowing, cathedral-like arches, Teramachi is home to a countless variety of merchants and restaurants, including traditional Japanese bookstores and the ubiquitous, brightly lit Manga comic shops. Here, you can find everything from statues of ancient gods at a Butsudan-ya (Buddhist altar shop) to high-quality sushi knives and vintage clothing.

Leaving Teramachi’s arcade, we’ll head past the Nishiki food market to check out a tachinomiya — translated in English, ‘tachinomiya’  literally means ‘stand and drink shop.’ Bars with no seats offer locals a chance to enjoy drinks and light snacks en route to home or engagements elsewhere.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Very interesting tour despite adverse weather

Gion is a fascinating area of Kyoto with narrow streets and alleyways and intriguing looking shops and Kohei was an excellent guide. It was such a shame that the experience was spoiled by teeming rain meaning we could not really take in the atmosphere or...More

Thank RoamingJill
Reviewed 11 July 2018
Very enjoyable walking tour of Gion with Yuta

My mum and I had a great time on this tour, it appealed to both of us even though we have different interests. Yuta was a great guide who was very informed and happy to answer lots of questions, he made the tour! I look...More

Thank MartinSydney111
Reviewed 6 July 2018
Guest who took too much time away from Sean, the guide

Sean is great but I though more "stories" about the history of the area and about the lanterns would be nice. I think he was distracted by one of the guest who just wanted to speak about herself!

1  Thank leewah2018
Reviewed 19 June 2018
Lovely walking tour of Gion and the surrounding area

Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate with us the evening we did the tour - but torrential rain and a thunderstorm did not stop us. It made it a little more difficult to talk with our guide Kohei san but that was the fault of...More

Thank mmason2018
Reviewed 23 May 2018
A great experience!

I thought that the tour would be cancelled given the fact that it had been raining all day. Not only was I wrong, but it went ahead and proved to be a great experience. Our tour guide Yuta is very detailed in his descriptions and...More

Thank Sotiria R
Yukako U, Manager at Kyoto Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2018

Hello, Thank you very much for your time reviewing us and Yuta and I'm glad that you enjoyed your time with him. Come back to Japan soon to enjoy it even more! Kind regards from everyone @ Venture

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