Gion Festival, one of the three major festivals in Japan, is now being held during the month of July. The highlight of this festival is 32 floats installed in every quarter called “hoko-machi”. Mr. Ito, a researcher on Kyoto culture and 1st grade Kyoto Expert Certicicate holder, will introduce you the wonderful world of “yama-hoko” floats.

This walking tour aims to cover all 32 floats in 120 min, with Mr. Ito’s concise explanation. English translation by the certified tour guide will be given and you will have a full chance to interact with the “living dictionary” of Kyoto culture. Even the residents of “hoko-machi” quarters do not really cover all the floats on foot, so it is a rare opportunity! This walk will be in the morning, relatively cool and pleasant, with less people around. With minimal effort, you will be able to feel a real sense of achievement after walking through. This experience can be a great souvenir in your Kyoto visit!

Why don’t you join us walk in this rally in the festive atmosophere, listening to the sound of “Gion bayashi” music?

THE GUIDE:Mr. Osamu Ito

Instructs on the practice of ” Ochaya Asobi”, the art of indulging oneself in the Geiko-Maiko world as well as giving lessons on Hanamachi pleasure town culture at local further education schools, universities and at touristic industries. Senior special visiting researcher at Institute of Japanese Culture, Kyoto Sangyo University.


 Interpreter: Mie Takei (Government certified English tour guide)

Date : Sunday, 14th July, 10:00-12:00 AM (walking with some breaks)

Meeting Point : in front of Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto

(Friendly staffs will be waiting with the “Deepest Kyoto Tour” flag.)


Maximum number of participants :20 people (First-come-first basis)

Tour fee: 3000yen (insurance included, with full English interpretation)

Reservation:contact deepestkyototour@gmail.com


-Please inform us as soon as possible if you are to cancel the reservation.
-Wearing comfortable shoes and attire is advisable for joining this tour.
-The tour will take place rain or shine. In the case any weather warning (flood, typhoon, heavy rain, etc.) is issued at 9am the tour day, the Deepest Kyoto tour will cancel the tour and inform the participant either by e-mail or the contact number.