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Kyoto Nightlife and Local Bar Scene Tour




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 sake bar to try out different kinds of sake at the end.
  • Along with a local guide, you’ll hit 3 restaurants. 3 drinks and several dishes (4 to 6 dishes) are included in the price.
  • 3 hour total

  • English, Japanese

  • Any Age

  • 1 〜 4



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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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 will take you to the places that only the locals know! To start off we will go to Tachinomiya (standing bar) which is a must go to start your night, where locals go to get a fine beer with some appetizer! Next, we will hit a Machiya (Kyoto-styled traditional) restaurant for the main dish. You will get Obanzai (Kyoto dish) and main dish (which you will have a choice). At the end, we will go to a Sake bar to find your special one. Your host is an international Kikisake-shi (Certified Sake master), so she will pick the best sake for you. She will give you a brief lecture about Sake. Not just eating and drinking, you will learn a lot from this tour! We will go to 3 different kinds of bars/restaurants overall. All the drinks and dishes (3 drinks and the full course of dinner) are included in the price (No need to bring any extra cash!) *About food restrictions* - We can accommodate those who cannot eat whole pieces of meat or fish, but some dishes are based on fish broth and we cannot avoid this. - Alcohol or pork may be included in the ingredients. - Therefore, we cannot accommodate strict vegetarian/non alcoholic diets.


  • Duration


    (17:30 〜 20:30)

    * 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 〜 4

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

  • 年齢


  • Conditions

    Available on Clear or Lightly Rainy Days

  • キャンセルポリシー

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


  • 大人(12+)


  • 子供(4~11)


  • 幼児(~3)



Different kinds of dishes (7 dishes), 3 drinks


  • Things to bring

    ●Hungry stomach

  • Meeting Point

    Exit 3 of Keihan Gion Shijo Station (Right beside the south side of the bridge. The other side of the street where Kyoto Minami-za is at.)

  • Additional Info

    - The host is flexible with any request on restaurant choice. - Please tell the host if you have any food allergies/restrictions beforehand.(We cannot accommodate those who have request on gluten-free, vegan and halal meals) - Non-alcoholic beverages are available as well. - We will leave the meeting point after the 10 min tour intro.

    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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    Abiyan Ardan Arfani



    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



    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


    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




    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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    Yasmin Villarino


    A highlight of our trip!

    My partner and family really enjoyed this food and drink tour around Kyoto! We were in Japan for over two weeks, and this was the top culinary highlight of the entire trip. Our guide showed us places we'd never find by ourselves, and ordered us delicious food, taking into account our dietary limitations. See moreSee less


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