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Kyoto Night Tour of Backstreets and Hidden Bars

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Experience Details
Experience Location
3 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 8 guests
Japanese, English
With 1 drink, With dinner
Discover the best hidden nightlife of Kyoto and enjoy an izakaya-style dinner, followed by hopping between some of the city's best hidden local bars.
Discover some of Kyoto’s best hidden bars, wandering through backstreets with a local guide
Start off the night with a drink at a local standing bar
Wander through the local shopping arcade and Nishiki Market, followed by a delicious dinner and drinks at an authentic izakaya in inner-city Kyoto
Head to the next bar, hidden in a secret alleyway, taste shochu liquor, and visit the old townhouses of Pontocho
Visit the vibrant nightlife area of Kiyomachi or continue your night out with off-the-grid bars, clubs, or late-night spots suggested by your local guide!
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Kyoto is famous for its temples and shrines, but at night, the best of nightlife in Kyoto, including hidden bars and izakayas, can’t be found on any tourist maps. For a unique nightlife experience, join a Kyoto Night Tour for bar hopping between small izakayas and pubs on an incredible night out with a local guide. Taste the best of Kyoto at night with local knowledge and hospitality during an intimate group tour, discovering the best hidden bars in Kyoto. You’ll explore the best of backstreets in Kyoto during this Kyoto Night Tour, alive with neon signs in tiny alleyways with beer and sake flowing. Kyoto always offers a good time, the backstreets are full of authentic bars, each with their own unique flavor and atmosphere that will ensure a great night out. With the help of your local guide, you’ll meet locals and taste authentic Japanese food, making an unforgettable night out in the cultural capital of Japan! Kick the night off with an introductory drink at a local bar, enjoying the history of Kyoto and its flavors. You’ll experience another side of Kyoto, strolling through the local shopping arcade (known as a shotengai), and then enjoying a delicious dinner at an authentic izakaya bar. You’ll taste the best of pub food during this izakaya-style dinner, continuing the tour with another drink. Next, you’ll be taken on a walking tour through some of Kyoto’s best back streets and alleyways, tucked away from the big tourist areas. Visiting tiny streets filled with hanging lanterns and neon lights, you’ll definitely feel like a local. The next stop is at a hidden bar, where you’ll enjoy another drink before the end of the Kyoto Night Tour. There, your friendly guide will introduce you to a choice of awesome lively bars and late-night foodie spots. For those who feel like dancing, your guide can recommend the coolest nightclubs to party the night away. Whatever you fancy, see where the night takes you at some other cool venues in Kyoto.
A 3-hour izakaya hopping tour exploring hidden bars in Kyoto
An English-speaking Japanese local guide
An authentic izakaya dinner
1 drink included
Additional food or drink purchases
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The Kyoto Night Tour is conveniently located in Kyoto’s Downtown area, easily accessed by Karasuma Station on the Hankyu-Kyoto Line or Shijo Station on the Karasuma Subway Line. A guide for accessing the meeting point will be provided upon booking.
Please note that the drinking age in Japan is 20 years old
Dietary requirements can be accommodated for, please let us know in the additional information section upon booking
Please make sure to bring cash since some of the izakayas don’t accept credit or debit cards
Please be reminded to wear comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

The bustling Downtown area of Kyoto is the heart of the city, loaded with hotels, artisanal shopfronts, specialty restaurants, and hidden bars. With pleasant surprises around every corner and alleyway, before the Kamo-gawa River to the east lies the beautiful old town architecture of Pontocho, nestled in alongside the local izakaya and lively club scene. The enormous Teramachi and Shinkyogoku shopping arcades run north to south, intersected by the famous Nishiki Markets (“Kyoto’s Kitchen”), while delicious department store basements bubble below with tasty regional samples.
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals