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Lonely Planet Experiences: Lanes & Lanterns Private Evening Culture Tour provided by Kyoto Urban Adventures

Lonely Planet Experiences: Lanes & Lanterns Private Evening Culture Tour

Lonely Planet Experiences: Lanes & Lanterns Private Evening Culture Tour
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Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience powered by Urban Adventures. The true magic of Kyoto comes alive at the end of the day, when past and present blend into the night! Take to the streets on a private tour as dusk falls and see how argon lights mix with paper lanterns, age-old shrines squeeze into busy shopping streets, and aged wood is decorated with modern street art.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5263P13
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food samples (traditional Japanese snacks and drink)
Exclusions
  • Additional food and drink
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • Hanamikoji-dori, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Japan Entrance to Gion's Corner, by Hanamikoji Dori, 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa area, Higashiyama-ku ward, Kyoto. Directions: Four blocks south from intersection of Shijo and Hanamikoji streets. Hnamikoji is two blocks east of Shijo-Ohashi Bridge. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///scoring.braced.renders
  • Shijo Karasuma, Kankobokocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8009, Japan Shijo - Karasuma station
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The tour includes a brief visit to a small shrine. As such, modest dress is highly recommended. We recommend having your shoulders covered and wearing pants or a skirt that covers the knees.
  • Some food allergies can be accommodated for but please check beforehand with us at info@kyotourbanadventures.com.
  • Travellers under 20 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
  • This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Food samples (traditional Japanese snacks and drink)
Exclusions
  • Additional food and drink
  • Transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
Departure details
  • Hanamikoji-dori, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Japan Entrance to Gion's Corner, by Hanamikoji Dori, 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa area, Higashiyama-ku ward, Kyoto. Directions: Four blocks south from intersection of Shijo and Hanamikoji streets. Hnamikoji is two blocks east of Shijo-Ohashi Bridge. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///scoring.braced.renders
  • Shijo Karasuma, Kankobokocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8009, Japan Shijo - Karasuma station
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Shijo Karasuma, Kankobokocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8009, Japan Shijo - Karasuma station
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The tour includes a brief visit to a small shrine. As such, modest dress is highly recommended. We recommend having your shoulders covered and wearing pants or a skirt that covers the knees.
  • Some food allergies can be accommodated for but please check beforehand with us at info@kyotourbanadventures.com.
  • Travellers under 20 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
  • This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination. View full policy at urbanadventures.com/vaccine.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 12 Oct. 2021
A note from Lonely Planet Experiences: Lanes & Lanterns Private Evening Culture Tour
Effective Sept 1, 2021, travellers 18+ must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Children 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or lateral flow) conducted maximum 72 hours prior, proof of recovery dated up to 9 months or proof of vaccination.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
What you can expect during your visit
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Hanamikoji-dori
    Hanamikoji-dori, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Japan
    Entrance to Gion's Corner, by Hanamikoji Dori, 570-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa area, Higashiyama-ku ward, Kyoto. Directions: Four blocks south from intersection of Shijo and Hanamikoji streets. Hnamikoji is two blocks east of Shijo-Ohashi Bridge. Find the exact meeting point with what3words: ///scoring.braced.renders
    See address & details
  • 1
    Gion
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Yasui-Konpiragu
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Nineizaka (Ninenzaka)
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Yasaka Shrine
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Pontocho District
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Shijo Karasuma
    Kankobokocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8009, Japan
    Shijo - Karasuma station
    See address & details
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BarbT
1 contribution
Insightful experience
Mar. 2020
This was an excellent tour with Julian as our guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and funny,too! We learned so much about Gion’s history,Geisha,shrines, temples and local foods and bars. We highly recommend this tour because it was so much quieter at night and small groups are so much more personal.
Written 6 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your review and comment, BarbBarbarella66! We are happy to hear that you had a good night with our guide, Julian! Hope you have learnt and understood the historical and traditional aspects of Gion culture in depth. We are hoping to see you again next time when you visit to Kyoto! Once again, thank for booking our tour. Appreciated. Kinya
Written 7 March 2020
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Mr Hoosuess
3 contributions
Engaging, informative evening
Mar. 2020
Julian was fantastic. Friendly, engaging and extremely knowledgeable and insightful of the history and present of Kyoto.
All question, whether it was relevant to the tour or not were always embraced.
Had a great last night in Kyoto thanks to him.
Kampai Julian!
Written 5 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your comment, MrHoosuess! Glad to hear that you had a great night with Julian. We will deliver your comment to him and he would also be happy to hear that! Hope to see you again soon and enjoy for the rest of your trip in Japan! Thank you. Regards, Masami
Written 5 March 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KiwiAus
2 contributions
Excellent tour and tour guide
Dec. 2019
Yuta spoke English competently which enhanced our experience greatly. We asked alot of questions which he answered in detail and showed us picture examples of things related as well. His descriptions of each place and the history were extraordinary. He surprised us with the great little snacks and a meal in quaint and very unique restaurants. The whole tour was a really great experience and we were pleased to have done it with Yuta. Thank you Yuta.
Regards
Tanya & Michael (Australia - Sydney)
Written 26 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for your review, 138tanyal. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the tour. We will pass your comment on to Yuta. Hope you have enjoyable time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Thanks again. Hiroko
Written 27 December 2019
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Julian C
2 contributions
Insightful tour
Dec. 2019 • Couples
Had an amazing time. Having just arrived today after a whole day of flying, it's so much easier to tag along with a local guide who knows what he's talking about. Friendly, excellent English having spent some time in NZ, our guide was perfect. Conducted in small groups (ours had 3, not sure about other times), it was a very personalised experience. Even spotted our first Maiko and Geiko! Never knew they're that rare. It felt like we were out spotting an endangered bird! All in all, amazing experience if you want to tour the places without the day crowds. Will highly recommend.
Written 3 December 2019
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Thank you L8605VAjulianc for your review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the tour with our local guide and had a chance to see Maiko! Hope you have a wonderful time in Japan. Hiroko
Written 4 December 2019
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Thomas M
1 contribution
Excellent tour of Kyoto’s backstreets
Dec. 2019 • Solo
Really enjoyed this tour with Zen, who was an incredible tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable and led an interesting walk through Kyoto. Essential part of a Kyoto visit.
Written 1 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you itsmullins for your review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the tour with Zen. Hope you have a great time for the rest of your stay in Japan. Hiroko
Written 3 December 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Aussielady605
Brisbane, Australia4 contributions
Entertaining Evening
Nov. 2019 • Solo
The evening tour with Fumiko was a great way to see the beautiful Gion area without the crowds of people you get during the day. We saw many local cultural places of interest and Fumiko explained the meaning behind many rituals. The hidden streets, wide city views and stories were super. Finishing off at a casual restaurant and a warming glass of Sake rounded off the chilly night.
Written 20 November 2019
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Thank you Aussielady605 for your feedback. Fumiko and Kyoto team are happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour but we will make it exceptional next time! Please have a good time in Kyoto. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki
Written 20 November 2019
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Storyteller445103
1 contribution
Fantastic Lanes and Lanterns Tour
Nov. 2019
Thanks so much Sean for an insightful evening. I really loved hearing the stories, having a chat and asking questions. The tour was amazing and was really fab to get in the back streets that I would never have found myself. The food and snacks were amazing and a nice way to end the night in a locals bar. Thanks again, I will definately recommend this tour to anyone going to Japan.
Written 17 November 2019
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Thank you Storyteller445103 for your wonderful comment and review. Sean and Kyoto team are very delighted to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Please enjoy your next destination. Best regards, Kohei Tamaki
Written 18 November 2019
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Cameron Y
Austin, TX4 contributions
Lanes and Lanterns Tour With Kinya
We did the Lanes and Lanterns tour with Kinya on 13-November. We loved seeing Kyoto at night, and he took us to a lot of great places that were not crowded, and much more special and enjoyable after dark. We learned a lot about Kyoto, geikos/maikos, and Japanese culture and history, while eating some great food. Would highly recommend this tour and Kinya.
Written 15 November 2019
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Thank you for your review, Camerony216. Kinya and Kyoto team are very happy to know you had enjoyed the evening tour with our group. We are waiting for your next booking of our different tours. Best regards. Nobumasa Miyake
Written 16 November 2019
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Penny
3 contributions
Awesome!! Must go
Nov. 2019 • Couples
There was a group of 6 of us taking the tour, our guide Sean was brilliant at telling all the stories of how what we saw connected with the history. Walking through the hidden away streets to find great spots, tasty food and drink, and meeting up with Julian and his group made a very good night after the tour. Between them they seemed to know everything you wanted to ask.
Really highly recommend, as both Sean and Julian are very fun people, had many laughs together :)
Written 8 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for your review, Mynethia. We are so delighted to know that you love the tour and enjoy the time with our guides, Sean and Julian. I will pass your comment on to them. Many thanks, Hiroko Wager Kyoto team
Written 12 November 2019
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Denise
1 contribution
Great tour with Sean. Highly recommended
Oct. 2019
10 of us in the rain and Sean made it fun & interesting - and kept us as dry as possible! Ended up in one of Sean's favourite bars (which quickly become one of our favs too) with his friend Julian (another guide) who added to the night with his informed experiences of Kyoto and Japan in general. Would definitely recommend this tour again.
Written 3 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you Coastal719526 for your great review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the evening in Kyoto. We will pass along your kind words to Sean. Please come back to Kyoto and see us again!! Hiroko Wager Kyoto team
Written 4 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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