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Gion

Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0001, Japan
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Ranked #17 of 372 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is why people come to Kyoto. Gion is full of culture, Geishas, tea houses and quite little streets full of cute shops. We stayed at a machine in Gion and really liked it. A very quiet area, at night when the tourists depart, too!

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johannesburg
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Its a bit of a tourist trap, but nevertheless worth the effort to get there. Very quaint neighbourhood. Lots of restaurants

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Seattle
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I spent a day once wandering the hillsides in Kyoto ending up in the Gion, as I made way back to the hotel. There were many little businesses, bars, restaurants, tea rooms all very reminiscent of old Kyoto. It is an area for someone with an appreciation for Japanese customs and nuance rather than an outright touristy experience.

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Milan, Italy
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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It is the most typical and suggestive area in Kyoto, with peculiar houses and tea rooms. Furthermore there you can find many restaurants and places where to eat and drink and it is the perfect place for a walk! We had the amazing chance to see 4 geisha/maiko (even one on a taxi) during the first afternoon we passed there... More

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

wish I'd been staying in a more central location as I had to leave a bit earlier every evening. it was so nice to wander through the brightly lit streets and see all the interesting restaurants and theatres. the bridges over the river were lovely and lanterns were glowing along the riverbank. something to amuse everyone and shops open till... More

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Sydney
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

it was an unusual place to visit - we've enjoyed wandering around. However have found most of the places that were open for lunch were ridiculously expensive and it was very touristy.

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Taichung, Taiwan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

It's tourist place with lots souvenir stores!! You need to in alley to see typical Japanese style houses! At night it's also a nice place to hang out. There are many restaurant offering nice food and also many private club looked fancy from outside. It's pity we didn't have enough time to walk around the allies seeing different view at... More

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Utsunomiya, Japan
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It is an interesting place that should be included in your tour of Kyoto. It is one of the oldest places for training the entertainers who later became known as Geishas in Tokyo

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Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Caught a bus from Kyoto station which dropped us off right in Gion. The small little buildings and restaurants were really nice. We ate a one with a Japanese sign so can't tell you the name but they had all sorts of different skewers that they would bbq. Once it got dark though you noticed a lot of men in... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We loved wandering through this neighborhood at night. It is close to the river, and the street is hopping from 9 pm until midnight or later. Lots of tourists and locals alike absorbing the energetic vibe of this neighborhood. It's a perfect spot to have drinks or desert and observe Geishas dressed up in full costume.

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