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Gion

Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0001, Japan
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Ranked #18 of 371 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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Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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Ottawa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Gion was so neat to wallk through. It had old architecture and led to a lot of cool temples. I could have walked around there for days, but we only had one to spend there.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

You'll be able to see the homes from the samurai era. Though many are converted to restaurants, very quaint and artsy. You might luck out and see Geishas walking in the neighborhood. Ask your hotel concierge about attending a tea ceremony.

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Forfar, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We decided to explore Gion with a guided tour and went on an evening walk. Our guide was knowledgeable and took us into lots of interesting corners, explaining how to recognise a geisha house by the name plates outside and the like. e even stalked Gion Corner and saw a young maiko leaving the theatre. My teenage son even enjoyed... More

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Camberley, Surrey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

While in Kyoto, Gion is worth visiting. However, be warned! It is very touristy and very overpriced. I would recommend visiting the early hours to avoid the hordes of tourists. Although it is the Geisha neighborhood, the place seems a little artificial. Very pretty houses though

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Durham, United Kingdom
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60 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We happened across Gion almost by chance, just as Kyoto entered into a March evening. The restaurants looked lovely in the dark, lit charmingly by hanging lanterns and large, unusually shaped street lights. Unfortunately, the restaurants looked too expensive for a casual meal, which we happened to be looking for. We should plan ahead to eat here! We did, however,... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A lovely walk in the evening around the shops, bridges and traditional streets of Gion. You can just imagine the Geishas, although it is hard to see one!

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Far Eastern District, Russia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I walked along the streets of Gion in late December at night and was fascinated by little restaurants on both sides of the river. The privacy of those made the area very mysterious.

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nyc
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25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This area is picture perfect of what you would imagine Japan to look like. Its ancient style architecture is so charming. The shops are interesting and mostly carry their local products that as a tourist is looking for. Here, you will also find ladies in kimonos walking which add to the flavor of being in Japan. Lots of restaurants, and... More

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