Kyoto: Gion Geisha District, Pontocho Food District & Ura Temple District
Welcome to Japanese night life and welcome to Gion by night. In case you didn't know, the Japanese loves night life. The harder we work, the harder we enjoy after five, six or even eight or nine. There are always new places to give them pleasure especially in big cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
Kyoto is an excellent mixture of both history and modern. And Gion, the most authentic area in the previous capital, dated back to early samurai era. Since then, Gion has provided people with entertainment.
Geisha districts, or "Kagai" that literally means "flower district," have been closed societies, only open to specific customers and their acquaintances from samurais to modern business people. This is still the case with most "ordinary" Japanese, too. They are not very open to everybody and there are a lot of unspoken rules here. Contrary to Kabuki, Japanese traditional play which was originated in the same area and handled mostly by men, in Gion, Women are in charge of everything.
The flowers in Gion flourishes at night. Everything becomes more beautiful and flamboyant in the lantern lights including Maikos’ makeup. You will have a rare opportunity to explore Gion by night with a knowledgeable local guide.
After visiting Gion and Ponto cho, another Geisha district, you will visit Ura-Teramachi, back streets of Teramachi street, full of locals. Your guide will help you find a restaurant if you want.
Gion Shijo st. -> Tatsumi bridge -> Shijo bridge -> Ponto-cho -> Ura Teramachi -> (Restaurant recommendations)
Total Price = Basic Fee + Fee per Person * Number of Participants + Tax
Guiding fee, Public transportation fee (For taxis or hired cars, additional fee will be charged.), Admission fee
Cost of meal and sightseeing activities