Gion: The Birthplace of Geisha

Gion (祇園) is the famous area of Kyoto close to and surrounding Yasaka Shrine.
Originally developed to serve the needs of pilgrims to the shrine, it ultimately became the home of tea houses, geisha and night entertainment.

The first official geisha were licensed in Kyoto in 1813, 53 years before the Meiji Restoration, but some believe their culture is linked to dancers and performers from the 11th century.

Not the only geisha district left in Japan, Gion is a collection of streets defined by its old wooden buildings, tea houses and exclusive Japanese restaurants.

Catching a glimpse of a geisha or “geiko” as they’re known in Kyoto, with her white face and beautiful kimono, rushing to an appointment in the narrow streets of Kyoto’s Gion district is a moment of pure magic.

The tour will take you to

Yasaka Shrine / Gion Hanamikoji / Gion Shirakawa, / Pontocho / Miyagawacho

If you want to watch a performance by Geisha and Maiko or have a dinner with one of them, please let us know.


  • 3 hours Private Experience: JPY19.000/pers.
  • 0 – 5 years old (free) and 6 – 14 years old (–50%).


  • Hotel pick up.
  • Bottled Water.


  • Your transportation (~JPY1.000/pers.)
  • Food and drink costs.
  • In the unplanned event of using taxis instead of public transportation, extra fees may apply.

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