Half Day Walking Tour of Kyoto - Nijo Castle to Gion

Join this 3.5 hour walking tour to visit four of the most popular sites in Kyoto: Nijo Castle, Nishiki Market, Gion, and Yasaka Shrine. With our knowledgeable guide, you will not just see but experience the history and life of Kyoto.

Regular Tour Booking

Time: 9:00 - 12:30 (3.5 hours)
Group size: up to 8 people
Meeting place: Nijo Castle (in front of the ticket booth)
Mode of transport: walking
Highlight
  • Explore Nijo Castle and its gardens with a knowledgeable guide
  • Taste authentic local foods at the Nishiki Market
  • Explore the backstreets of Gion, where geishas live and work
  • Finish the tour at the Yasaka Shrine
Schedule
Time Place
9:00~10:15 Nijo Castle
10:15~10:40 Take the subway to Nishiki Market
10:40~11:20 Nishiki Market
11:20~11:30 Walk to Gion via Pontocho street and Kamogawa river
11:30~12:10 Gion
12:10~12:30 Yasaka Shrine

Rate (tax included)
Per Adult Per Child (6~12 years old) Per Youth (13~17 years old)
8,000 yen 6,000 yen 7,000 yen

Description

Walk the streets of Kyoto with our knowledgeable guide.  You will not just see, but experience the history and life of this historical city.

Start the tour at Nijo Castle, the spectacular palace
complex that was used as the headquarters of the samurai leadership
between the years 1603 and 1867. Many of the buildings are original and exemplify period architecture. Enjoy walking through the palace with its beautiful wall paintings and decorations that give insight to the political power struggle of warlords in the era.

After a short ride on the subway, enjoy a stroll through Nishiki Market.
The shopping arcade locally known as "Kyoto's Kitchen" has been around for hundreds of years, and recently it has become a very popular place to visit and try interesting food and snacks. The shop owners are inviting and some even offer free samples. Try some of the delicious items on display here!

Enjoy the picturesque streets of the famous entertainment district of Gion and learn about traditional Kyoto architecture and the Geisha. With some luck you can catch a glimpse of the Geisha as they walk between tea-houses.

Nearby we can find Yasaka Shrine, also known as Gion shrine.
Our guide will explain about the Shinto religion, and the importance of the shrine and its yearly festival. The tour will end here and you have many shopping and restaurant options nearby to explore on your own.

Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Subway between Nijo Castle and Nishiki Market
Not Included
  • Meal, snack, and drink
Cancellation policy
  • 2 days before - 70% refund
  • 1 day before - 50% refund
  • no show or on the day cancellation - 0% refund


Private Tour Booking

If you would like to make a private booking, refer to the group rates below and contact us.

Private Rate (tax included)

Person Per Person Total
1 32,000 yen 32,000 yen
2 16,000 yen 32,000 yen
3 13,000 yen 39,000 yen
4 11,000 yen 44,000 yen
5 10,000 yen 50,000 yen
6 9,000 yen 54,000 yen
7 8,500 yen 57,500 yen
8 8,000 yen 64,000 yen
  • The start time is flexible for private bookings (the latest available starting time is 2 PM).
  • Meet and greet at your hotel or another place is included in this private booking.
  • Guests' transportation fee from the hotel or another place to Nijo Castle is not included for the guest (the guide's is included).
  • Should you use a taxi to Nijo Castle, please allow for a seat for the guide as well.
  • It is possible to combine this tour with our 'Kyoto Fushimi Inari Shrine 1 Hour Walking Tour'. The tour total cost is the cost of both tours together.
  • If you wish to extend the tour by adding one or more places to visit other than Fushimi Inari Shrine, it is possible to do so for an extra cost of 2,000 yen per person per hour, not including transportation cost and entrance fees. Contact us for further details.
  • No child or youth discount for this private booking.
Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Subway between Nijo Castle and Nishiki Market
Not Included
  • Meal, snack and drink
Cancellation policy
  • more than 8 days before - 100% refund
  • 3~7 days before - 70% refund
  • 2 day before - 50% refund
  • 0~1 days before - 0% refund

Large Group Booking

If you would like to make a group booking, refer to the group rates below and contact us.

Group Rate (JPY/tax included)
Person Total
(per person)
9 68,000
(7,556)
10 72,000
(7,200)
11 76,000
(6,909)
12 80,000
(6,667)
13 84,000
(6,462)
14 88,000
(6,286)
15 92,000
(6,133)
16 96,000
(6,000)
17 100,000
(5,882)
18 104,000
(5,778)
19 108,000
(5,684)
20 112,000
(5,600)
21 116,000
(5,524)
22 120,000
(5,455)
Person Total
(per person)
23 124,000
(5,391)
24 128,000
(5,333)
25 132,000
(5,280)
26 136,000
(5,231)
27 140,000
(5,185)
28 144,000
(5,143)
29 148,000
(5,103)
30 152,000
(5,067)
31 156,000
(5,032)
32 160,000
(5,000)
33 164,000
(4,970)
34 168,000
(4,941)
35 172,000
(4,914)
36 176,000
(4,889)
Person Total
(per person)
37 180,000
(4,865)
38 184,000
(4,842)
39 188,000
(4,821)
40 192,000
(4,800)
41 196,000
(4,780)
42 200,000
(4,762)
43 204,000
(4,744)
44 208,000
(4,727)
45 212,000
(4,711)
46 216,000
(4,696)
47 220,000
(4,681)
48 224,000
(4,667)
49 228,000
(4,653)
50 232,000
(4,640)
  • The start time is flexible for private bookings (the latest available starting time is 2 PM). 
  • No child or youth discount for this private booking.
  • Rate is based on one guide. If you need another or more guide, it is possible to arrange at 20,000 yen/guide. We recommend you have one guide per 15~20 guests at maximum.
  • Teacher and travel organizer (up to 2 people) are free of charge.
  • Meet and greet service at your hotel or another place is included. The guide's public transportation fee to Nijo Castle is also included, but guests' are not included.
  • See this page if you would like to combine this tour with our 'Kyoto Fushimi Inari Shrine 1 Hour Walking Tour '.
  • If you wish to extend the tour by adding one or more places to visit other than Fushimi Inari Shrine, it is possible to do so for an extra cost of 1,000 yen per person per hour, not including transportation cost and entrance fees. Contact us for further details.
  • No child or youth discount for this group booking.
Included
  • Entrance fees
  • Subway between Nijo Castle and Nishiki Market
Not Included
  • Meal, snack and drink
Cancellation policy
  • more than 14 days before - 100% refund
  • 8~13 days before - 70% refund
  • 3~7 days before - 50% refund
  • 2 day before - 30% refund
  • 0~1 days before - 0% refund

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