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Gion

Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0001, Japan
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Ranked #18 of 368 attractions in Kyoto
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Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The most famous neighborhood in Kyoto is also known as the Geisha district. It is here, among the teahouses and private clubs that you can catch a... more » Owner description: The most famous neighborhood in Kyoto is also known as the Geisha district. It is here, among the teahouses and private clubs that you can catch a glimpse of a geisha in full dress including white makeup. « less
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Jakarta
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

You have to come here when you're in Kyoto. Make sure you know the way to reach the place, cause apparently there's another "Gion" in Kyoto.

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North Hollywood
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Gion is a fun to walk around. Mostly restaurants and tea houses. The Geisha do not normally walk around. On occassion you may catch a glimpse or if there is a wedding or event. The tea houses are private so unless arrangements have been made, it is difficult to go to one. But, You can get a made up and... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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56 reviews 56 reviews
40 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We were lucky to be in Kyoto during Gion Mayuri festival in July. Spent one evening roaming the streets of Gion. Main road was shut down to pedestrian traffic only. Watching huge crowds on street felt like it was as spectacular as watching Times Square crowds on New Years Eve. People everywhere.Many Japanese sporting yukatas and getas. Caught glimpse of... More

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Elwood, Australia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful old town area filled with temples and shrines. Could easily fill in a day wandering through the streets.

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oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We saw it on a very hot day but it is transformed at night. We were too tired to return. Lots of tourists in kimonos but we were fortunate to see an authentic geisha, an aspiring geisha and a wedding! Lots of great places to eat.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Great little neighborhood to explore. Lots of shrines, shops & tourists dressed as Geisha's. We had an unexpected good lunch at Kyoyasaka.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The image of Kyoto I had in mind before I went there was cobblestone path in Hanamikoji-dori in Gion. Too bad not all of Kyoto was like this area. But still, the area is still well-preserved and the atmosphere is so unique. I don't fancy the big shopping street near Yasaka Shrine, though. But Gion is definitely a must.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

It was nice to see a few geishas and makos walking around but except for that there wasn't much else.

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Chicago, Illinois
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Bustling with restaurants and shops, lots of women in kimonos (at least during the festival time we were here) and lots of activity. You must walk through this part of town.

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Duluth, Minnesota
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I didn't spend a lot of time in this neighborhood, but I didn't find it much more unique than the other neighborhoods in Kyoto. Maybe I was missing them, but I felt like the neighborhood was lacking historical preservation. I felt like a typical Western tourist as opposed to an intellectual, curious to learn about history and culture. Again, maybe... More

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