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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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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Geisha!

What a neat experience to walk through the streets of Gion and see a Geisha! The area is so incredibly clean and easy to navigate. There are many great restaurants, and we chose... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Okinawa, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

What a neat experience to walk through the streets of Gion and see a Geisha! The area is so incredibly clean and easy to navigate. There are many great restaurants, and we chose to eat a nice Italian restaurant where we could sit outside and enjoy the evening. This district is quite quaint and shouldn't be missed if you are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Summary: This is old Japan. Beautiful, haunting, and deep with history. The best time to go is late in the afternoon and into dusk. This is when geishas can be spotted walking in the alleyways. There are some fake geishas around but, what the heck, just pretend they are real. You can tell, by careful observations, of how they act... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

So many tourists. Yikes! Still, a fun time if you don't stay too long! Eat at a restaurant next to the river to rest after a long day of walking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We have spent four days in Kyoto and explored many temples but one of the highlights was in the old part of Gion, famous for the Geisha. We were very lucky, having discovered that during the daytime, it is mainly a tourist trap and very busy. To see a Geisha it is best to be there around 5.30 in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We strolled through the area during the day - still a huge amount of people, plus a lot dressing up as geisha. We dined at a small restaurant on Hanami dori and enjoyed thinking of the history and what may have been. Pricey lunch but worth the experience. We continued walking towards the river and saw the restaurants with their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

One of the most places in kyoto. Gion is good placd for strolling in evening. The old Japanese shops, geisha, and some dangerously expensive restaurants are its main attraction. You can walk for hours and enjoy the view of old Japanese market.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Visit Gion at night to indulge in the local lifestyle. Lots of nice local eateries especially along the river. Very happening part of Kyoto.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

After our visit to Yasaku Shrine, we walked five minutes to Gion which is just across the junction. It is a very touristic area, many shops and restaurants. The best attraction is Hanami Lane (Hanamikoji). It is a lane with many alleys with beautiful old shops, restaurants and cafes. There is a very ancient temple Kennin-ji in one of the... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This area of Kyoto is definitely not to be missed. It is a taste of old Japan, with it's little wooden shops and restaurants and if you're lucky, like I was, you may catch a glimpse of the Geiko's (Kyoto Geishas) with their clients. I visited both in the day and at night and it is worth seeing at both... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I have been there a few times now and Gion always strikes me as one of this dual places - touristy on the surface but super cool and potentially dangerous beneath it. Some of Gions restaurants and bars are clearly off limits if you are not invited or on the need-to-know list. You can kind of guess that from the... More 

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