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Geisya Districts, the Present and the Past (Shimabara)

4 hours
up to 8 people
English ( License ), Japanese ( Intermediate )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Shimabara is the another Geisya District, originated from 400 years ago
Simabara Tayu was the highest -rank state-admitted courtesan, who served to nobilities.
Gion is the district of high-class entertainment currently from old days.
Both are the high class entertainment districts, they keep their own
social status, the Present and the Past.


Feel free to personalize this offer with ERIC.

  • Shimabara Disrict, Old Wooden entertainment buildings (Big Gate, Sumiya Tea house and Wachigai-ya Tea House)
  • Gion Miyagawa-cho District (Wooden Tea Houses & Geisha Houses)
  • Kennin-ji Temple (National Treasure and some important cultural assets and rock garden)
  • Gion corner (some exhibits about Maiko)
  • Tatsumi Inari Shrine and Sirakwa (Old wooden houses, lined up by the canal)

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What to Expect

Please feel the atmosphere of the Geisya District in the old town scape Shimabara, and imagine the Tayu in the ancient time.
and at Gion please catch the feeling at present.. You may have a chance of find real Maiko & Geisya.
Kennin-ji Temple is the Zen-temple in Rizai Sect., which is located at the middle of Gion District.
You can appreciate the National Treasure, Important Cultural assets and beautiful rock gardens, there.

Departure & Return

Starting time 09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Hotel pick-up in Kyoto
Ending Point at your hotel in Kyoto or teh final destinatin

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee
hotel pick-up in Kyoto city

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide):
Admission fee: Sumiya:  J.Yen1000
Kennin-ji Temple: J.Yen500
lunch (J.Yen1500)


Fortunately you may find real Geisya & Maiko , however it is impossible to take a photo together with them
Because they will entertain their customers only, who invite them.
Until PM18:00, they usually stay in Geisya House, and do a training of dance or playing instrument and so on.
Please put on suitable shoes for walking.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Is the price per person or per group?

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Can I add more people to my booking?

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Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Reviews ( 19 )
4.8 (19) Reviews
Very Good
Thongphanh Thongphanh United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Kyoto and Osaka ”

After extensive research into private guides, we are so happy and lucky we found Eric! He is amazing! He is very knowledgeable about Kyoto, Osaka, Japan history, and he navigated the train/subway system with ease. We were traveling in a party of 7 with a wheelchair (grandpa can only walk short distances) and an 8 month old baby, so we had to take a lot of elevators. He was very patient and even in the bustle of people at the train stations, he kept everything calm and we did not feel rushed. We were able to see everything he had planned out on our itinerary - which for two days was impressive! Day 1 Kyoto: We saw the Fushimi Inari Shrine with 1000 Tori, Kyoto Imperial Palace, ate lunch at a popular Japanese “fast food” (Nakai - although fast it was so yummy!), Ginkakuji (the golden tem... read more


Hi Mr Thongphanh I appreciate your comments If you come to Japan again please contact with me Eric Tanaka

Asif Asif Canada ( Family )
Very Good
4 weeks ago

“ Hiroshima, Nara, Osaka, and Kobe ”

I had asked Eric to create an itinerary for two days for my family of six. My request was to visit Hiroshima, Nara, Osaka, and Kobe from Kyoto from where we were staying. We ended up visiting Hiroshima and Miyajima on day 1. We used taxis and trains to get to our destinations thru Eric's guidance. We also used a ferrry to get to Miyajima from Hiroshima. We came across some deer along the way to the itsukushima shrine and Torii Gate. Torii Gate was under repair so it wasn't the best time to get some great photos. The scenery there was still worth visiting. We ferried back to Hiroshima and took a train and taxi to see Peace Memorial Park. It was a real moving experience especially when we were going thru the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Next day we decided to visi... read more

Mark Mark Canada ( Family with kids )
1 month ago

“ Very busy but fantastic day. ”

Eric was very helpful at exploring options that our kids would like and customizing a day tour just for us. It was an action packed day that was very well organized and all went very smoothly. I would recommend Eric to any family looking for a great day of sightseeing.


Mr Mark and your family Thank you for your comments and I enjoyed the tour with your mice family today Please come to Kyoto or Osaka again Eric Tanaka

Kevin Chuck Kevin Philippines ( Family )
2 months ago

“ The Excellent Kyoto Tour! ”

Sir Eric was the nicest guide we have encountered. He catered our needs for our tour without any complaints and adjusted to us accordingly. I highly recommend Sir Eric to other tourists. And we are very satisfied with the performance he shared with us. :)


Hi Mr Kevin n your family Thank you for your comments Please come again Kyoto Eric Tanaka

Kim Kim United States ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Excellent Kyoto Tour . ”

Our family of 5 people was only scheduled to be in Kyoto for 2 days when we booked our tour with Eric. Eric took us to 4 areas in one full day. He was accommodating, patient, and thorough, customizing an entire tour of the city based on our interests, requests, and preferences. He even went to eat dinner with us at the end of the tour. Thanks to him we were able to experience the hidden and authentic spots of the city--places we could have never enjoyed if we didn't have a native Japanese local with us. Eric can explain cultural quirks and differences to foreign visitors. Not only that, his personality is wonderful, and he is sincere, funny, patient, and kind.


Ms Kim I am very happy to have your comments for the tour June 11 See you next time ! Eric Tanaka

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