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Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Your immersive kimono experience takes place in Kyoto’s famed Gion district, the most famous geisha district in all of Japan (though in Kyoto, geisha are referred to as geiko). Meet your professional dresser at the New Miyako Hotel. The kimono shop where your transformation takes place is located near the iconic Yasaka Shrine and a short walk from the Kiyomizu Temple and the Heian Jingu Shrine, all of which you may want to explore before or after the kimono experience. Peruse a large selection of kimonos to find that special one that calls out to you, with the help of your personal stylist. There are kimonos available for men as well as women. Complete your ensemble by selecting your obi (a traditional Japanese sash), undershirt, overcoat, shawl, handbag and sandals. Details are key, so you’ll receive a pair of Japanese tabis (socks with split toes to wear with the sandals), which you can take home with you as a souvenir. Once you’re all dressed up, set out for a stroll through Gion for approximately 70 minutes. Admire the old wood-latticed buildings as you walk down the intimate narrow streets or along the willow-lined canal. Walk to iconic sights like the Kiyomizu Temple or Yasaka Shrine, exploring Gion’s fascinating side streets and maybe even spotting a geiko or two along the way. See traditional teahouses and restaurants and learn the secrets of the ancient traditional art of the geisha or geiko.
Pickup from New Miyako Hotel in Kyoto (Name changes to Miyako Hotel Kyoto Hachijo from April 2019)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
At the time of booking, please specify the number of male participants and female participants in order to make sure kimonos can be arranged properly
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Minimum age is 12 years
During the summer months of June, July and August, a yukata (light cotton kimono) will be worn in place of a kimono
Please note that the sizes of kimono carried by the local shop are limited (comfortable fit for people up to approx. 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm) tall, and waist sizes up to approx. 39 inches (100 cm)
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers