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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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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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Was delightful walking around here of a day and of an evening. Just getting lost in the maze of backstreets and making discoveries of places to eat and shop. Definitely head... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Siem Reap, Kyoto
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

We didn't enjoy Gion at all. First, if you end up on the wrong side of Shijo it full of bars and karaokes which is completely uninteresting. The south side of Shijo is better but it is so confusing to know where you can go...and SO, SO expensive. I prefer Pontocho for a casual night out Kyoto-style.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Was delightful walking around here of a day and of an evening. Just getting lost in the maze of backstreets and making discoveries of places to eat and shop. Definitely head towards Higashiyama to the east as that has a great feel to it too

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This is a must visit place. here yo can witness the ancient side of Kyoto, and if you're lucky enough, you could bump into a Geisha !!

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

First of all take the gion night walk. It is really worth while. You will learn a lot about geisha customs and culture. After the night walk you can explore on your own. If you want to see the dance performance be sure to bring your passport. They will not let you in without it. When in the gion district... More 

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calgary
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

The district of Gion is more pleasant to visit during evening hours when all the lights enhance the place. It is a very well frequented place by tourists and locals. You can browse shops or stop at the Starbuck's for a libation. We ventured in the secondary alleys that recreate the atmosphere of an older restaurant and shopping area.

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Daegu, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Nice and traditional but many people, both locals and tourists alike. Nice to walk through but everything starts to shut down around 5pm and when the sun starts to set. You can walk the streets and alleys which have restaurants and tea houses. About an hour is enough time to spend walking around and taking pictures.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

You can't really visit Kyoto and not head over to Gion. But that's also what every other tourist thinks/reads. Walked down to Gion on a Saturday evening and there were throngs of people walking down the main street. Shops/restaurants are overpriced and there were queues building outside some at 4.30 (restaurants mostly open at 5.30/6). We were lucky to see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful town. If you walk around where some of the old Geisha houses are it's absolutely beautiful. You may even get lucky and see a real Geisha, although there are a lot of fake ones walking around. Also some beautiful art to buy and great food!

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited Gion to experience this famous area and hopefully see some Geisha girls. Well we weren't disappointed but timing and location is important. Gion Corner is the location where most tourist wait to see the Geishas but for a more personaI experience I suggest wandering some of the small back streets behind Gion Corner and the... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Pretty little streets that are equivalent to listed buildings, so the place has a very authentic feel to it, and saw one or two geishas there. Also a very interesting little kind of art gallery, showing displays of kimono materials, set in glass- it is small, but free, and interesting. The lady here is friendly and helpful, speaking excellent English.... More 

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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.