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Kyoto Nightlife and Local Bar Scene Tour

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HIGHLIGHTS

Explore the City Lights and Chilled Out Vibes of Kyoto at Night

  • Local by your side, you’ll find that it’s also full of hidden bars and delectable eateries that are best enjoyed at night.
  • First, start off with izakaya, and then you will have a main dish at Machiya restaurant, and at the end we will go to a sake bar.
  • Along with a local guide, you’ll hit 3 restaurants. 1 drink from each restaurants and several dishes (4 to 6 dishes) are included in the price.
  • 3 hour total

  • English, Japanese

  • Any Age

  • 1 〜 6

YOUR HOST

Tamaki NISHIMURA

I manage the Kansai area-based tours for Experience+, especially those in Osaka and Kyoto. I'm originally born and raised in Osaka, but recently I have lived in Kyoto for almost 4 years. During my high school years, I lived in Canada, and have traveled to many destinations throughout Asia. These experiences gave me a love for travel, and a deep curiosity for finding local places and hidden gems that I can visit with local people along the way. Now, back in Japan, I feel that it's my turn to start showing travelers around my favorite spots, including some of the coolest, lesser-known locations around Kyoto and Osaka where I grew up! Come and join my experience as we make new, unforgettable memories from the best corners of Japan!

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Prepare to take on Kyoto and its night scene like the locals who live there. Most people come to Kyoto for its cultural and historical roots, but this tour will show you the rest of the sites that only come alive after the sun sets! Your host, Tamaki will take you to her favorite restaurants that only the locals know! To start off we will go to an Izakaya bar to get fine beer with some appetizer. Next, we will hit a Machiya (Japanese traditional) restaurant for main dish. At the end we will go to a Sake bar to find your special one. We will go to 3 different kinds of the restaurants over all. 1 drink for each restaurant and several dishes (4 to 6 dishes) are included in the price.

  • Meet your host! She will take you to hidden gems in Pontocho street.

  • The restaurants are in a backstreet of Pontocho street.

  • Get your drink and dishes! The host will order them for you as you request.

  • "Kanpai!" - "Cheers!"

  • Enjoy Japanese styled dishes!

  • Your host will take you to the hidden bars.

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DETAILS

  • Duration

    3h

    (18:30 〜 21:30)

    * Time may vary, not including transportation time

  • Access

    Take Keihan Main Line to Gion Shijo station. (apporx. 20 minutes from Kyoto Station)

  • Participants Guests

    1 〜 6

    Trip will be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met. Accompanied infants participate for free.

  • Age

    Any

  • Conditions

    Available on Clear or Lightly Rainy Days

  • Cancellation Policy

    We are unable to refund cancellations made after 17:00, 3 days prior to your reserved date.

PRICES

  • Adults(12+)

    ¥4,200〜

  • Children(4~11)

    ¥3,000〜

  • Infants(~3)

    Free

Included in the Price

Different kinds of dishes (4-6 dishes), 3 drinks

NOTES

  • Things to bring

    ●Hungry stomach

  • Meeting Point

    Exit 3 of Keihan Gion Shijo Station.

  • Additional Info

    ●The host is flexible with any request on restaurant choice.
    ●Please tell the host if you have any food allergies/restrictions beforehand.
    ●Non-alcoholic beverages are available as well.


    Please note that your reservation with us may be canceled due to inclement weather conditions or heavy rain. If so, we will contact you at least one hour prior to your reservation via your original booking site.

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REVIEWS

EVENT RATING

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    Abiyan Ardan Arfani

    Indonesia

    06/04/2018

    One of the authentic tour I’ve ever been to

    There was no English menu at the tour, which is actually great! You know that the best local restaurants or bars are most likely will not have any English translation in their menu. the best thing is that we were explained by the lovely tour guide about all the information that we need and want to know! Our tour guide treats us very friendly and perfect. She is organized, and very punctual. The tour program was scheduled well, was on time. We didn't miss anything during the tour program. We felt we knew her for a long time hahaha. I would love to have more of the similar type of tour experience if I were to travel somewhere else (non-English speaking countries)!See moreSee less

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    Miki Hanamura

    Japan

    06/05/2018

    Best part is to be able to see hidden gems in Kyoto

    I enjoyed this tour a lot, and I totally recommend everyone to try this to experience real local izakayas (restaurants) and bars! The best part is to be able to see hidden gems in Kyoto, and usually, those places are pretty small so you can enjoy interacting with the owner and other guests as well. Plus our guide Tamaki is Japanese and English bilingual, and such a sweet person! See moreSee less

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    Elisa Ovalles

    06/08/2018

    I recommend this to anyone who visits Kyoto for a short time, a good plan to do at night.

    I can say I the first time I visit this places because they're not easy to find. Yet, I think it compared to the most common tour experiences, this one stands out. It was very fun to see how the "old Kyoto" looks like, in the traditional Izayaka where we were able to sit in tatami. Also, later on, the bar was very unique as well, and a contrast, because it represented the recent trends in Kyoto, which are small, cozy places but full of personality. The tour guide was amazing, she knew how to keep the conversation alive and also she has very good food recommendations and can translate the only-Japanese menu. I recommend this to anyone who visits Kyoto for a short time, a good plan to do at night.See moreSee less

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    BeomKyu C

    Korea

    06/09/2018

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO IMPRESS FRIEND OR LOVER.

    The tour begins with a greet from the tour guide(real bright person) then off we went to our locations. The first place was in the street of Pontocho where the lights were laid down like Festivals. From the stylish street, we walked into a smaller path where it was pretty hidden from the main street. To give a perspective, I lived in Japan for 7 years and I have not known that there was a place in the path. HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO IMPRESS FRIEND OR LOVER.
    The izakaya bar was very Japanese with wooden structures and art. The guide kindly explained to us about any question we had about the place or the food.
    Nothing better than a cool fresh beer with fries and side dish.

    I was really glad to take my friends there. They were looking for something Japanese and really chill atmosphere. All of them were satisfied including myself.See moreSee less

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