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Kyoto - Night walk in the illuminated Yasaka-jinja shrine

Night walk in the illuminated Yasaka-jinja shrine

(74 reviews)
Gion, Kyoto, Japan
30 mins

About the tour

Yasaka-jinja shinto shrine is located in the center of Gion, Kyoto which is opened 24/7 and lit up all night. Let's take a stroll there and witness the traditional lights of the shrine. Also Ken, your host will talk about the story about one of the most famous Shinto God "Susano", he is well-known as Pandemic God in Kyoto. Once upon a time in the 9th century Kyoto city was in a pandemic like today's COVID-19. You'll hear how people handled the pandemic at that time.

Meet your local guide


Founder of local tour agency, "Ken's Tours Kyoto", which is located in the eastern Kyoto. Have guided over 3000 clients just for 3 years since 2016 and earned 1100 of 5 stars on Airbnb and TripAdvisor. 99% of clients gave full score review. Have been ranked and awarded as a guide in the Japan's top 30 on TripAdvisor. Also working as a local fixer in Kyoto for shooting pv, movie, TV drama. Ken speaks of the history and culture of Kyoto with a passion that would make you think he’s a lifelong resident of Japan’s historical former capital city. But the self-described country boy has followed a road with more than a few interesting twists and turns via Canada and America as he has made his way from Fukushima prefecture, where he was born and raised, to Kyoto.

Kentaro has been guiding since Dec 2016

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Kyoto with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 30 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Kyoto. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Latha (Yorkshire, United Kingdom) N.

07 April 2021

It would be a good idea to have pictures /illustrations of the gods printed out and available to view rather than trying to search last minute on a mobile phone.

Rachael K.

07 April 2021

Beautiful visit at night to the temple. First tour with Kenya to, very enjoyable. Thank you

Diane L.

06 April 2021

Thank you. Another enjoyable and interesting tour.

Jane A.

04 April 2021

Thanks Kentaro, lovely tour

Nathalie P.

04 April 2021

Another wonderful tour with Kentaro! Kyoto is absolutely stunning and Kentaro is a charming and knowledgeable guide. I look forward to future tours!

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