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Kyoto's Soul of Drinking and Nightlife

Kyoto, Japan

Experience hosted by Julian

3 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

I will take us to three different bars. The first, we will check out a Showa themed (1940-60s) izakaya (Japanese pub) for some drinks and snacks. At the first location, I would like to use my bartending experience to talk about some of the most common cocktails of Japan (such as chuuhai or "sours"), what "shochuu" is, and explain and taste the various type of snacks commonly found in a Japanese drinking environment.

The second place, we will check out a "tachinomiya", which translates to a standing bar. There, we will meet with locals and get a feel of another aspect of the drinking culture in Japan.

Lastly, I will take us to a hidden quiet bar to end the night. This bar has no name nor signs, but is a secret bar only known to those introduced by the local bartenders or the regulars of the area.

I want this experience to show you the night of Kyoto, so that during your stay here, you will have a starting point and confident understanding of the night life in Kyoto. And maybe you'll make new local friends on your bar hopping adventures!
Other things to note
Must be 20 years old or over to consume alcohol. Most bars allow smoking, so please keep that in mind. Know your own limit and please control your own behavior when drinking. Please inform allergies.
I will take us to three different bars. The first, we will check out a Showa themed (1940-60s) izakaya (Japanese pub) for some drinks and snacks. At the first location, I would like to use my bartending experience to talk about some of the most common cocktails of Japan (such as chuuhai or "sours"), what "shochuu" is, and explain and taste the various type of snacks commonly found in a Japanese drinking environment.

The second place, w…

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What's included

  • Food
    A couple of light food items that pair well with the Japanese drinking styl...
  • Drinks
    Non alcoholic choices available as well
From $136
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Julian

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 71 Reviews
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Hello! My name's Julian, I'm half-Japanese, and I was born and raised in the States. I permanently moved to Kyoto 7 years ago, and during my time living here, I've worked most years as a bartender before switching to guide.

Working at a pub, I became friends with many regulars and expats who's showed me to their favorite bar, and I've continued it forward by doing the same to new visitors of Kyoto. Now, I know many great bars for the occasion. Would you like a local Japanese drinking experience? Sing your heart out at a karaoke bar? Visit a hidden bar with no name? Then I'm the guide for you!
Hello! My name's Julian, I'm half-Japanese, and I was born and raised in the States. I permanently moved to Kyoto 7 years ago, and during my time living here, I've worked most years as a bartender before switching to guide.

Working at a pub, I became friends with many regulars and expats who's showed me to their favorite bar, and I've continued it forward by doing the same to new visitors of Kyoto. Now, I know many great bars for the occasion. Would you like a local Japanese drinking…
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Where you'll be

As you'll experience, Japan has an overwhelming number of bars and restaurants. At first glance, it may seem intimidating to walk into the more local areas, or just plain confusing. I will make this easier and fun for all!
We'll move from the "Statue of Izumo-no-Okuni", then head to the night life area of Kyoto, and there, I would like to introduce new places, help you understand the area, and talk about the style of the night life in Japan.
Jeannie
October 2019
Don't pass on this tour. My husband and I had a great time drinking and learning the culture of Kyoto. We would not have been able to find these places on our own, they are hidden. Julian is very nice, funny and knowledgeable. A memory we hope to never forget.
Don't pass on this tour. My husband and I had a great time drinking and learning the culture of Kyoto. We would not have been able to find these places on our own, they are hidden.…
Keith
October 2019
Julian took us to bars that we would not have stumbled upon. The food and drink provided was more than we expected. Overall great value and we couldn’t have done ourselves so Julian delivered a great experience and real value, what more could we ask? If you want a fun night taking in a few different bars, Julian is the go to guy.
Julian took us to bars that we would not have stumbled upon. The food and drink provided was more than we expected. Overall great value and we couldn’t have done ourselves so Julia…
Analicia
October 2019
Julian was a great host and really wanted to make sure we had an amazing experience. You can tell he has an absolute passion for showing off his City and all the great local bars you wouldn't normally find if you were on your own. We were able to meet his awesome wife and a few of their local friends which made it a much more personable experience. 10/10 would definitely reccomend especially if you want to immerse yourself in local fun and current culture. We were so happy that we got to meet him!
Julian was a great host and really wanted to make sure we had an amazing experience. You can tell he has an absolute passion for showing off his City and all the great local bars y…
Michelle
July 2019
Julian is a great tour guide! He really is passionate about his city and tries to make you as comfortable and welcomed as possible. If you're from the states, he's very relatable and you definitely feel like you're getting a tour from a friend. I absolutely loved the 2nd bar location, it's the most welcomed I've felt while here and I cannot wait to return to Kyoto again.
Julian is a great tour guide! He really is passionate about his city and tries to make you as comfortable and welcomed as possible. If you're from the states, he's very relatable a…
Christina
July 2019
This was everything I wanted to experience about Kyoto nightlife and more. Julian has clearly put a great deal of thought and care into the best places to share with guests. This was absolutely one of the highlights of my trip to Kyoto.
Chenfan
July 2019
A must go experience! Julian is a great host and know so well of his topic; also we made quite a few friends in this activity! Enjoy the vibes!

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Money for transportation home or additional items you may want to purchase

Appropriate clothes and items for the weather