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Gion

Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0001, Japan
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Ranked #19 of 383 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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Sandhurst, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

Reminded me over an overhyped rebuilt theme park style street with over priced shops and restaurants. Similar to Carnaby Street in London. Really not worth the effort to visit this area of Kyoto as there are better places to visit. I would recommend avoid unless you really like this sort of thing.

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Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Very nice cover shopping, impressing size for an European a lot of quiet everything, could spend to see all

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

I would like to visit Gion in January 2015, I wonder if the Geishas will walk around during winter. Thank you Jade

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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We walked through the small streets of this area and were generally disappointed - didn't see anything, except the buildings, for which the area is famed. We were there early evening en route to the theatre, so perhaps we were at the wrong time of day.

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Farmington, Connecticut
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Great place to hand out for a while. It is fun to watch the geshas walk around and the pre wedding photo shoots. You really get the old Kyoto feel here. Lots of shopping and small restaurants

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We had fun exploring Gion and even caught a glimpse of two geisha. It does help if you have done some research beforehand to figure out which streets and restaurants to visit as many places don't have obvious, touristy signs.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

You won't see much of them along the main street of Gion. Try walking in the small lanes behind the main street. PLEASE be mindful and respectful of their privacy too.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

worth-paying for a dinner & geisha performance, will certainly come back for such a mysterious experience next time

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Definitely well worth the visit - great opportunities for walking, geisha spotting and we had nice food. There are nice temples in the vicinity but it wasnt quite as i expected it to be - it was a bit too touristy. The back street are a bit dodgy too there were a lot of prostitutes.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Unfortunately, I arrived Gion almost 8 pm when most restaurants are closed already. But the walking on the old-fashioned street was still worthwhile.

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