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Walk in Kyoto's traditional Gion District

Be a part of Kyoto and feel the Essence of Japan! Kyoto was the former capital of Japan for more than 1,000 years and many important parts of Japanese history and culture had unfolded and developed here.

20 Reviews
From Kyoto
Online Experience
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Upto 10 people
English, Spanish
  • Live, real-time experience tour with a local guide in authentic Kyoto
  • Visits to the Geisha district and the historic area ''Higashiyama'' famous for its beautiful landscape with Yasaka pagoda

Be a part of Kyoto and feel the essence of Japan! 

Kyoto was the former capital of Japan for more than 1000 years. Many important parts of Japanese history and culture unfolded and developed in the city. That's why we can say ''Kyoto is the best place to see and feel the Essence of Japan''.

On this live, walking tour where we will visit a Shinto shrine and the historical area of Higashiyama, famous for its beautiful landscape with Yasaka pagoda.  We will end the tour at one of my favourite viewpoints from where you will get panoramic views of the area. I have a lot of stories and enriching information to share regarding the history, culture, tradition and beauty of Kyoto!

 Join me, and see the very highlights of Kyoto! (The tour lasts 75 minutes and you will have 15 minutes for free Q&A time.)

About this experience
  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop.
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking.
Know before you go
  • Since this tour involves walking to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions.
  • You can book this tour either for $28 per screen OR as a private session for $60 for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot.
  • Si quieres este tour en español, por favor resérvalo como un tour privado. 
  • If you want this tour in Spanish, please book it as a private tour.

  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Mayako Yuasa

I am a local resident of Kyoto and a certified tour guide speaking English and Spanish. I also hold a license to organize a tea ceremony for foreign tourists. During my student years, I traveled to Mexico and Great Britain. The specialty of my guiding is that I use original materials such as old maps, ancient writings, and pictures that will help you see Kyoto and understand its history. I look forward to meeting you and show you around.

Tour Reviews
  • Joshua

    An excellent and well prepared host. I had an enjoyable time.


    I love Japan and I travel there every year (been to Japan 10 times!). Ever since the pandemic, we are unable to travel which makes this live virtual tour another way for me to see Japan live once again!

    Although I’ve been to Kyoto many times, I never knew the small little details of Gion which Mayako-san explained during the tour. It’s awesome and I love how she used the Merlion as an example to demonstrate how tall the pagoda is! And finally completing the tour with a Merlion and a Singapore flag! It’s so cute and thoughtful!

    Also love it that she helped us make a wish at the temple!

    Mayako-san is awesome! Thoughtful and also making the tour very interesting!

    It would also be nice to have tours for other attractions in Kyoto as well! I would join if it’s hosted by Mayako-san again!


    Thanks to the tour guide san Mayako Yuasa, she showed me a great walk in Kyoto Gion district. even though, I have been to Gion district many times, but I have learned a lot of stories and histories of Gion from Yuasa san.

    Really enjoyed!


    Excellent guide!

  • Tenshi Israel

    Que bonito, Maya nos llevó por el distrito de las geishas, los templos y sus tradiciones, todo en un perfecto español, lo recomendamos mis amigos y yo...

  • Rima Roy

    Our guide was amazing and made our experience customized for our group of friends - we had booked 5 screens and some folks had been to Kyoto before and others had not. the guide really engaged us and made it feel like we were there in person

  • Henghwee

    Mayako has been a great guide, providing insights on the culture of Kyoto and explaining the small details that many tourists would miss out.

    While it was a virtual tour, Mayako has allowed us to feel as if we were there in Japan and the effort that she put in just to ensure an excellence virtual experience is commendable.

    Once again, thank you Mayako and tourHQ for organising!

  • Pei Hian

    First time attending online tour. Enjoy the experience..

  • roslinda

    the tour is very nice and lots of info on the practices in kyoto

  • Eddy

    Thank you Maya san for the fabulous tour! she was amazing! Thumbs up!!!

  • Sean

    Very good explanation on the sites visited.

  • Kelvin

    The guide was very engaging and managed to make it interesting even though we are viewing it through the a screen.

  • Jeremy Friedman

    Maya was an excellent guide. We learned so much about a place we knew nothing about when we started our tour. What a treat!

  • Goh Chai Wei

    As i was the only one touring, i could ask my beautiful guide what I just saw and had time to googled for more information and save them.
    I love my tour very much and I would have love to stay a little more to see the beautiful sunset - it would be such a magnificient sight.
    This virtual tour made me want to go back to Kyoto once travel is safe.

  • Bim Laguda

    This was a delightful tour. Maya, the tour guide was very enthusiastic and made the experience really interesting. It was my birthday that day and she made it extra special plus I had a private tour which was an added bonus!

    It was a great start to the day. I have recommended this tour to my friends and family and will be doing more tourHQs in the future.

  • Tanya Aziz

    Thank you for the wonderful tour! We enjoyed it much more than we expected and look forward to the next one.

  • Hana

    What a great gift from my wife for birthday! I felt I was in Kyoto with a friend revealing the hidden stories of this ancient and wonderful city.


    The guide Maya was very knowledgeable and kind to share a lot of about the places. The only thing I hope is better internet connection. The video quality will significantly impact user experience for tour like this but it is not very clear, in some parts it's quite blur. Other than that, it's quite an interesting experience

  • Ajay Mehta

    The guide (Maya) was enthusiastic in showing her city and culture.

  • kalpanapar

    Excellent guide .she had prepared in advance and was keen to pack as much as possible . Very happy with the experience . Thank you .

From USD 28 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.