At 17:30 we will meet on the corner of Shijo and Hanamikoji street, right in front of Ichiriki Chaya. This the tea house the leader of 47 samurai spent sometime in 1702. We will get a handout about the geisha and maiko and learn how to to confidently tel what we are seeing is a real geisha but not someone who dressed up for the day. Since most geisha and maiko go to work before 6 pm we will spot some of them on the way.
We will walk through the streets of Gion and learn the difference between okiya and ochaya. We will learn how the geishas were trained and lived in these houses. You will be given tips on how the locals arrange a meeting with a geisha and maiko. The tour will conclude at 18:30 at the Gion corner.We are Kyoto Samurai & Ninja museum, the best rated museum in Kyoto. All of our guides are professionals who have been trained in guiding and how to make guests feel at ease by always being patient and smiling constantly. All of our guides have near native English speaking skills and we also provide handouts in 20 different languages. By participating in this tour you will have a local “friend” showing you around rather than being dragged to routine places by a stranger.We know that travelers neither want a history lecture nor a fast facts trivia. They just want to feel like a local and learn how the area relates Japanese culture and history. Our guests also often ask us about the souvenir shops, restrooms, hidden gems, transportation to their next stop and local favorite restaurants. So we prepared the perfect package tour with the best price that will make your trip to Japan extra rewarding.