Gion Night Walk and Japanese Whisky Tour

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Experience Location
Duration
2 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 6 guests
Language
English
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Vegetarian
Join us on a night stroll through Gion and have a taste of Japanese whisky at a local bar!
Highlights
Walking night tour to explore Gion
Taste Japanese whisky at a local bar
Enjoy Japanese bar snacks
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Gion is one of Kyoto’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods. Known as the entertainment hub of Kyoto City, Gion is home to quaint traditional houses (called “machiya”), streets and architecture. We will visit 3 main “hanamachi” (literally “flower districts” or geisha districts) in the area, including Ponto-cho, an atmospheric narrow alley that is extremely photogenic. Lined with several local bars and restaurants, the alley is very popular amongst locals and foreigners alike, because of how alluring it looks at night. We will also pay a visit to Hanamikoji, a famous street patronized by hundreds of tourists daily. Fear not about having to rush with the touristy crowd though, as we will be visiting it through a hidden side street to have a glimpse of Gion’s well-preserved landscape and indulge in its historic nature. Gion is famously known as the geisha district, and Geisha or Maiko are sometimes seen walking to or from their engagements in the area. Many people often visit Gion at night to catch a glimpse of them, and if you are lucky, you just might be able to spot a Geisha or a Maiko walking down the picturesque streets! Don’t worry about struggling to differentiate between the two, as you will learn about the intrinsic culture and system of the Geisha and the Maiko, alongside their cultural significance to Gion. After a 75-minute walk, we will end the night at one of my favorite local Japanese whisky bars, which serves up a large variety of Japanese alcoholic drinks. These include Japanese sake, shochu, local beer and various kinds of soft drinks. With a large variety, you will be sure to find your favorite Japanese drink in no time! Japanese bar snacks will also be provided to complement your choice of drink. To conclude the night, we will take a short stroll back to Sanjo Station and enjoy the remnants of the cool evening Gion air.
Inclusions
Bar snacks
Japanese whisky
Exclusions
Transportation costs
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meeting point address: Exit 5 of Sanjo Station on the Keihan or Tozai Line Meeting instructions: Meet in front of Exit 5 of Sanjo Station on the Keihan or Tozai Line
Remarks
Wear comfortable shoes because there will be walking involved
Experience Location
Gion is the traditional entertainment center of Kyoto, where arts like kabuki theater, tea ceremony, and flower arrangement have flourished for hundreds of years. Gion is one of five hanamachi (geiko or geisha communities) in Kyoto. Some of the most gorgeous traditional tea houses are also in Gion, and geisha can be seen moving between ochaya tea houses, on their way to a performance. During sakura season, maiko and geiko perform at the Miyako Odori, one of the largest annual spring shows. But all year round, Shirakawa Dori (Shirakawa Street) is a stunning and timeless sight.
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals