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Gion

Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0001, Japan
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Ranked #16 of 340 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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Brisbane
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Gion is a musty. You can spend a day there looking at every shop if you wish. There are temples and canals nearby for a nice walk and picture talking.

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Daegu, South Korea
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Gion is a great place to spend a couple of hours strolling around. Gion itself stretches for a fair while but the highlights are the areas around Pontocho street and Pontocho street itself. Lots of high end restaurants as well as small boutique stores, cafes and souvenir shops. This is where you'll most likely see a Geisha or two, so... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This Gion district area is like no other you must go and check it out. The Gion area leads to all sorts of different areas.

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New York City, New York
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Lots of bars and restaurants. Perhaps more interesting at night than during day. Nice cherry blossom viewing

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Nanaimo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We loved walking around the Gion at night. Saw many geisha (and maiko) over the course of our several visits to the Gion. We did not go into any of the restaurants or bars but just had a wander looking at the great buildings, beautiful lanterns set out throughout the district and checking out the clubs and doormen outside of... More

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Go for a walk and try and spot as many Geishas as possible, being on a budget trip I didn't buy anything or spend much money. I was more interested in walking around and seeing the sights. There is a lot to do in the area, eating, drinking and shopping, some of the confectionery shops also put out free samples... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Don't bother to come here during the day. Its just a street. At night it comes to life as restaurants open but they are all super expensive. It is super rare to see a geisha girl outside. They have shops outside but nothing notable to buy. If you want to see a geisha then this is the place to come,... More

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Went there at around 5pm with my mate. They said that Geisha people walk around between 5-6pm coz theyre off to their work. It was amazing coz theyre really traditional. Overall it was a good walk around at Gion. Temples,Geisha and ancient houses :) Truly a must see!

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

This is a place to watch geishas at night, when the shows are produced and the streets are lit with red lanterns. It's ok but I would not spend a lot of time here unless you are interested in seeing a geisha perform.

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West of Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

As title says, it's a rare occasion if you see a geisha girl anymore. Seems to be a relatively busy area with some nice little stores.

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