Kyoto secret streets

(9 customer reviews)

From: ¥15,900

‎‎¥‎15,900 for up to 2 persons (+‎‎¥6,000 each extra person)

Half-day private guided walking tour in Kyoto’s maze-like historical district.

  • Only valid for hotels within 45 minutes of the meeting point

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Style Culture walk
Max people 6
Location Kyoto
Starts 2:00 pm
9:00 am
Duration 3 hours
Starting location Keihan Kiyomizu Gojo station
Finishing location Gion area
Includes Entrance fees
Excludes Hotel drop-off
Hotel pick-up
Transportation fees
Language English
Cancellation Can be canceled and fully refunded up to 3 days before booking date.

The story

Are you “templed out” in Kyoto? Do you want to switch away from the main drag and discover the city in a more intimate way? Come with us on a casual guided stroll through Kyoto’s best kept secret : its maze-like network of narrow back streets. Tucked between tourists-filled avenues lies an uncharted labyrinth of alleyways. “Roji” is how local people call these old-fashioned streets that are lined on each side with “Machiya-style” wooden houses. In summer, providing shade to the residents, they are a haven from the sweltering temperatures. In winter, the spirit of community created by the intimacy of the narrow street offers warmth to the dwellers.

We have selected the most interesting “Roji” in Kyoto’s Gion district and we would love to introduce to you the lifestyle of its residents. We will explain to you the history of those alleyways and how people live in them. We will also visit some of the artisans who chose to live and work in them. We will learn also about Kyoto’s geisha history exploring hard to find back-alleys only locals know about. Come along for a journey on foot where Kyoto’s underground culture lives.

9 reviews for Kyoto secret streets

  1. Elisabeth


  2. Luc

    Visite très interessante, dans des lieux moins touristiques qu’il ne serait pas évident de trouver seul, avec des explications sur chaque quartiers visités ( comment reconnaitre un salon de thé, le mode de vie des geishas…), mais également sur l’histoire de Kyoto… Pierre nous a également recommandé des sites a visiter. Très agréable, Nous le recommandons!

  3. Roland

    Pierre was an excellent guide. He shared with us a wealth of knowledge as we wandered through the back streets of Kyoto away from the tourist crowds. He took us to many quaint and interesting places that we would have never found on our own. We learned more from him than we did on all of our other tours combined! He shared all sorts of historical information, a great deal of insight into the mysterious world of the geisha, and many interesting perspectives on local life, arts, and culture. After the tour finished, he sat with us and and wrote down many suggestions including his favourite places to eat We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Pierre and highly recommend this tour.

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