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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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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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The Geisha area of Kyoto

Visited on a very rainy early evening. Many umbrellas and pedestrians. Would suggest a 5 pm or so visit. There might be the odd Meiko (geisha in training) around. We saw one!

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited on a very rainy early evening. Many umbrellas and pedestrians. Would suggest a 5 pm or so visit. There might be the odd Meiko (geisha in training) around. We saw one!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The place gets packed because it's a must-see, but I loved how lively it gets especially at night. Some stores may still be closed in the morning so better to visit late in the afternoon. There are a lot of shops selling souvenirs and a few restaurants. A lot of stores also offer rental of geisha costumes, so you might... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the place of mystery, literature, stories...but also a very unique visual treat of a peaceful stream, tiny buildings, hedges, painted bridges, temple-like walkways. If you have a chance to experience any of its special activities, so much better.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Gion is the epitome of a very busy and trendy area. Tons of people always are about, whether at the nearby shrine/ temple, or in the quaint narrow side streets. Make sure you head over to Gion Corner for an evening of traditional Japanese entertainment. There are at least six different segments that show the various kinds of entertainment. Worth... More 

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Shanghai, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very pretty at night time and lots of restaurants. Busy with people. Saw one geisha on one of the streets off the main street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place, busy district, and many tourist ready to take a snapshot of a geisha. Get there around 17.00 and prepare your cameras. Its the only place you can see a geisha in kyoto if lucky. But you can see a lot of places around and eat cheap food. Highly recommended to use the bus with the day pass you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A visit to Kyoto is incomplete without a visit to Gion – Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. There are numerous restaurants ( a bit expensive ), shops and tea houses where geishas entertain. The main and most popular street is the Hanami-koji street from Shijo Avenue to Kenninji Temple which is lined with wooden machiya houses that have restaurants in... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Gion district has lots of traditional buildings. On the main street they have lots of shops selling various souvenirs and Japanese food. Along the smaller streets are many restaurants and tea houses. Unfortunately I was there during rain and in the morning so not much was open and it was too wet to walk. I am sure it will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we stayed in Gion, in a small two storey machiya for 4 nights;a wonderful experience. Meant we were able to wander around at night and during the day - you need to do both. Lots of shops on the main street selling everything while the narrow side streets and lanes are full of small bars and restaurants. The area is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Small streets made of small old buildings where you walk in the evening and cross the paths of beautiful geishas and gorgeous hostesses. Beyond very expensive and selective restaurants you can find small ones that will serve you excellent Japanese dishes and sake

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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.