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Kyoto Underground Music Experience

Kyoto, Japan

Experience hosted by Russ

4 hours
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Meet up at a convenient station. Visit a live house for the soundcheck. Discuss the local underground music scene at the venue with the guests and meet some local musicians. Explore the area and go for a meal. Return for the main show

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From $78
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Meet your host, Russ

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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Singer/guitarist with The Bristol Stingrays a first generation UK punk band which was formed in 1977. I have undertaken eight tours of Japan with my band and have played numerous solo shows. Five years living in Kyoto extensive knowledge of the local music scene.
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Where you'll be

We will visit one of the Kyoto live houses I have played in . I will explain how a Japanese gig is organised and about the origins of the live house. There will be an opportunity to meet local musicians. We will go for a meal with the chance for further discussion of the Japanese music scene and try some local food before returning to the venue for the show and the chance to meet up with local music fans and musicians

Rated 4.88 out of 5 from 8 reviews.

Tal
December 2019
Had a wonderful evening out with Russ. Being a solo traveler that's looking to get better insights on local culture and trends, Russ that right person to hang out with. Took me to these really cool spots I won't be able to find on my own and customized the tour to fit my interests as he learned them during that evening. Highly recommend if you want to learn of under-the-surface music in Kyoto.
Had a wonderful evening out with Russ. Being a solo traveler that's looking to get better insights on local culture and trends, Russ that right person to hang out with. Took me to…
Simon
December 2019
A great experience, Russ was very friendly and knowledgeable, took me to a really interesting Live House where it was Japanese punk rock night. If you enjoy music this is a fantastic tour, you will never find these places on your own. But bring earplugs!
A great experience, Russ was very friendly and knowledgeable, took me to a really interesting Live House where it was Japanese punk rock night. If you enjoy music this is a fantast…
Amanda
November 2019
What a cool look into the local music scene. There is a vibrant movement just below the surface in Kyoto. It was great to tap into for even a moment.
Jack
June 2019
One of the highlights of my trip to Japan. Russ is the real deal and he took me on an insider’s tour of the underground music scene in Kyoto. He is the real deal and a working pro going way back. We met at the train station where he made me feel like a friend right away. After a walking tour of some hidden jazz clubs, we had a meal, then toured two local live music clubs in Kyoto. He was well known to the owners, having played loads of clubs worldwide with his band. Got to hear several bands from student instrumental groups to amazing punk/alternative pros. Definitely an experience I could not have had on my own. Besides the music, Russ shared many of his favorite tips for really getting to know Kyoto. Definitely going to visit the other restaurants, cafes and markets he showed me ( they were closed late at night). Overall could not have asked for more. Worth twice the price.
One of the highlights of my trip to Japan. Russ is the real deal and he took me on an insider’s tour of the underground music scene in Kyoto. He is the real deal and a working pr…
Adam
June 2019
Russ is awesome and showed me a side of Kyoto I'd never have been able to see otherwise. It was great to see some of the nightlife.
Nora
April 2019
Russ was very accommodating and flexible considering we were an hour late to meet him (so sorry again!). He introduced us to a part of the unique music scene in Kyoto, answered all of our questions, and showed us a great time. We met lots of locals, heard great music, and had a lot of fun! We even went to a show the following night as a result of getting to know the scene. Thanks so much, Russ!
Russ was very accommodating and flexible considering we were an hour late to meet him (so sorry again!). He introduced us to a part of the unique music scene in Kyoto, answered all…

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Cancellation policy

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

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 18 and up can attend.