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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The most famous neighborhood in Kyoto is also known as the Geisha...
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.
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Beautiful,interesting & secretive place

What a fantastic place! We were lucky enough to stay off the main Gion tourist trap street where people were chasing down the Geisha/Meiko girls as they turned up for work at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

What a fantastic place! We were lucky enough to stay off the main Gion tourist trap street where people were chasing down the Geisha/Meiko girls as they turned up for work at dusk. We saw many near our guest house later into the evening shuffling from one pretty wooden house to another.They were approachable and very polite to us and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

If you want a feel of old Japan, make sure you include Gion District in your itinerary. Gion District is a good place to eat authentic ramen. You will find these ramen places inside side streets. You will also find shops that sell Japanese sweets that you can bring home to give away or keep for yourself! And for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Traditionnal streets with wood houses but today plenty of restaurants and tourist, but with a bit of chance you still can find some geishas!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

My title says it all. Over the years, this place has become a huge tourist attraction. When you walk on the strips through the quaint shops/houses, all your pictures will be bombarded with other tourists in it. If you are lucky you may spot a geisha, but it is unlikely. They also do not like being photographed so it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Nice place. Avoid weekends because it is crowded with tourists. There is a ethnic Japanese market with strange things for sale. Interesting shopping experience. And the Japanese are the most courteous people in the world.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

We went to Gion during our bike tour. It's a nice area full of nice restaurants, young people, narrow streets. It's the gueisha area. A must go!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This was a great part of town where we walked around for a few hours and had dinner. This old part of town is still known for the Geiko and Maiko girls who work here. You can tell the Maiko (apprentices) because they are younger and have things that dangle from their hair on each side. We got to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

It can take almost a whole day to completely explore this traditional neighborhood but it's worth to get exhausted by walking every inch of it. Shopkeepers are really friendly and helpful. As I mentioned in headline you really should visit on holiday occasions, because on those days the place gets extra extra lively. Warning: If you visit with a crowded... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We went on Sunday night. Gps didn't point exact place for the Gion Street. Took us some time to find this little street. Luckily able to meet two Geishas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A walk down Gion transported you in Edo period, with geisha rushing past you every now and then. Tried the tea session at Gion, and viewed the cultural performance at gion corner bring the experience to new level. For less crowded experience during sakura, go there early in the morning before the crowd come in. you have the whole street... More 

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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.