Today you are free at leisure to explore this beautiful city. In the late afternoon, meet then follow your guide in a walking tour of Gion, Kyoto’s Geisha district, followed by a truly special dinner with a Maiko!
Start with an introduction, listening as the guide explains about Geiko, the local name for Kyoto’s geishas, and their Maiko, or apprentices. Then explore the atmospheric streets, walking past local shops and restaurants on the way to Yasaka Shrine
. From here continue to Hanami-koji
where lavish tea shops line the roadside.
Then, we will pass through a theatre where Geisha and Maiko perform traditional dances, Kyoto’s famous Tatsumi Bashi Bridge
, a legendary teahouse and small street shrine along the way. Arrive at Shirakawa Canal
for a walk along the streets which are lined with cherry trees and brimming with charm. Although there is no guarantee, during the walking tour, you will often encounter geisha walking the streets.
After the walking tour, we enter a local restaurant for a memorable dinner in the company of a Maiko
. Enjoy a full kaiseki dinner featuring a course of various traditional dishes, all exquisitely prepared and presented with the aesthetic flair one can expect of Kyoto’s haute cuisine. During dinner, the Maiko will entertain by performing traditional dances and teaching popular Japanese drinking games.
Stay overnight at hotel in Kyoto.