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Gion

Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #19 of 436 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Other
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The most famous neighborhood in Kyoto is also known as the Geisha...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Other
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 glimpse of a geisha in full dress including white makeup.
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Perth
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

We started our trip in Kyoto and were so happy we did . Stayed in Gion for three nights and marvelled at the history of this city. Everyone we met was extremely helpful

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Hong Kong, China
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Gion area is popular for the Geisha street, historically, it's where people come for entertainment, where geisha would perform traditional dance and music.

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brighton
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84 reviews 84 reviews
17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Gion is a perfect place to base yourself for a Kyoto visit. There's a great combination of the old and new, some key shrines and temples, the Nishiki market area and high end department stores. Regarding the latter, a visit to Takashimaya's basement food hall gives a great insight to Japanese food (and top customer service). I bought fugu sashimi... More 

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East Linton, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed walking the back streets and seeing the ochaya guest houses. Spotted the occasional young geisha and shops where they sell some of their accessories - wigs, combs, kimonos and wooden shoes.

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

It was lovely to step back in time to see traditional Japan. It's just a stones throw from modern shops and restaurants but it's almost like stepping into another world. We were very lucky as we got to see Geiko and Maiko on their way to work at the Gion teahouses.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Classic shades of old Japan interspersed with current age modernities. Good nightlife as well and excellent shopping avenues ans strrets as well.

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Athens, Greece
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Very well presented district of Kyoto which gives an air of the past while you can see geishas rushing though the narrow streets . Originally this district was built in front of Yashaka shrine during the middle ages.It is full of tea houses "ochayas" that still keep their glory being the place where samurais in the past and even today... More 

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Perth, Australia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Endless amounts of historical and interesting sights to see, we managed to see a handful of authentic Geisha. Shops and more shops all the way up the hill

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Great place and environment ... houses are really pretty, restaurant are nice even though bit pricey but meeting the value ... nice place as well to take pictures as the background is pretty ...

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Sea Point, Western Cape, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The road to Gion across the river is like the high street of kyoto- budget lots of time to walk this road into Gion. Although there are many main stream shops the Yen makes it such a bargain ( even for South Africans with a weak Rand.) In Gion stroll around, try go to the Gion Corner to see demonstrations... More 

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