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Gion

Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0001, Japan
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Ranked #18 of 368 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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Bangkok, Thailand
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76 reviews 76 reviews
10 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We looked but didn't find. Beautiful Tea Houses but no Geisha. Everything seems to be happening behind closed doors.

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Orlando, Florida
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We didn't spend a whole lot of time there, but truly enjoyed the shopping and window gazing of the many varied shops and restaurants that abound! Definitely visit Takashiyama Department Store just to check out the fabulous pastries and sweets while also enjoying the unbelievable produce and seafood areas!

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Kuala Lumpur
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

If you are into culture and olden lifestyle, this is a must! You could spend 1-3 hours just roaming around the street and sometimes walk up to the shrines/temples nearby.

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St. George, Utah
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52 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

You can sight see, shop, eat, and look for geishas. The area is very clean and safe. Take time to walk up and down the streets. I saw one maiko coming out of a store and heading to a teahouse (I followed her and took photos) about 8pm.

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Jakarta
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

You have to come here when you're in Kyoto. Make sure you know the way to reach the place, cause apparently there's another "Gion" in Kyoto.

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North Hollywood
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Gion is a fun to walk around. Mostly restaurants and tea houses. The Geisha do not normally walk around. On occassion you may catch a glimpse or if there is a wedding or event. The tea houses are private so unless arrangements have been made, it is difficult to go to one. But, You can get a made up and... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were lucky to be in Kyoto during Gion Mayuri festival in July. Spent one evening roaming the streets of Gion. Main road was shut down to pedestrian traffic only. Watching huge crowds on street felt like it was as spectacular as watching Times Square crowds on New Years Eve. People everywhere.Many Japanese sporting yukatas and getas. Caught glimpse of... More

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Elwood, Australia
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Beautiful old town area filled with temples and shrines. Could easily fill in a day wandering through the streets.

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oregon
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We saw it on a very hot day but it is transformed at night. We were too tired to return. Lots of tourists in kimonos but we were fortunate to see an authentic geisha, an aspiring geisha and a wedding! Lots of great places to eat.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Great little neighborhood to explore. Lots of shrines, shops & tourists dressed as Geisha's. We had an unexpected good lunch at Kyoyasaka.

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