Lanes and Lanterns Tour
What you get...
- Local English speaking guide.
- Food sampling: traditional Japanese snacks and drink.
Experiencing Kyoto by night is an essential part of any visit to Japans city of tradition. Walking through the old towns lantern-lit wooden streets is an otherworldly experience not to be missed! We'll begin our Kyoto tour at Minamiza Theatre in Kyotos famed Geisha district of Gion. As we wander, there's a good chance you'll see both Geiko and Maiko breezing through the narrow alleyways of the old quarter.
From there, well avoid the crowds and traverse the serene backstreets of Higashiyama via the unique but rarely visited Yasui Konpira Gu Shrine, the marvellous Yasaka Pagoda and the bustling and colourful Yasaka Shrine.
We'll then avoid the crowds a second time as we dart into the backstreets of northern Gion, walking through the narrow streets lined with smaller and more modern clubs and bars a fascinating contrast to the quarters old buildings and historical air.
Crossing the Kamo River, we'll take in the sprawling view of Kyotos restaurant district as it stretches into the distance along the river, before crossing into Pontocho. A centuries-old entertainment district now lined with bars and restaurants, Pontocho is lit almost entirely by traditional Japanese lanterns of every shape and size. Each restaurant has its own unique menu and atmosphere, but all retain an old-world charm.
From Pontocho, we'll cross to Teramachi, a traditional Japanese-style arcade strip that stretches off into the distance. Roofed with glowing, cathedral-like arches, Teramachi is home to a countless variety of merchants and restaurants, including traditional Japanese bookstores and the ubiquitous, brightly lit Manga comic shops. Here, you can find everything from statues of ancient gods at a Butsudan-ya (Buddhist altar shop) to high-quality sushi knives and vintage clothing.
Leaving Teramachis arcade, we'll head past the Nishiki food market to check out a tachinomiya translated in English, tachinomiya literally means stand and drink shop. Bars with no seats offer locals a chance to enjoy drinks and light snacks en route to home or engagements elsewhere. End point of this tour is Shijo - Karasuma station.
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