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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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

We did a private tour and the lady took us to the right spots to see geiko and maiko and filled our heads with lots of interesting facts!

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Pointed in the direction of Gion by the guide books, off we went in search of geishas happy to be photographed, old-fashioned tea houses and beautiful cobbled streets. What we actually found was that locals don't like you entering their restaurants, geishas are few and far between and don't like to be photographed and tourists are left wandering around aimlessly.... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

One of the main reasons to visit this area of kyoto is the opportunity to glimpse a Geisha. It is thought that there are fewer than 100 true Geisha left in Japan and we were lucky enough to see three on there way to work. The best time to visit is in the early evening as they head out to... More

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Milan, Italy
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We probably visit at the wrong time (soon after lunch) but we didn't seeing anything special that worth the visit! Some traditional wooden houses (but we found even better ones in the temples' area), disoriented tourists and any possible business completely closed.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We went around Gion just to get a feel of the place and the old tea houses and possibly eat at one of the restaurants there. We found the prices exorbitant and too touristy so ended up eating some place else. We also checked out a theater at the Gion Corner to possibly watch a Maiko show but also decided... More

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california
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

This popular neighborhood is famous for its pubs and restaurants, and it really comes alive at night. That is when the Geishas are supposed to be seen in these streets hopping from one performing gig to the next. Unfortunately, we did not see any as all the Geishas were either doing a big show or attending their big practice session... More

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Candelaria, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Welcome to the geisha distric. This district is more beautiful and attractive at night so don't miss the walk and you'll have the opportunity to maybe see some of the real maikos and geishas that live here. And go for a complete experience and visit some of the sushi restaurants at the rear streets were the geishas go with their... More

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Las Pinas, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Gion offers an interesting side of Kyoto. It's best visited at dusk to get a glimpse of geishas "reporting for work". Geishas are like ghosts in the night - you see them for a few seconds, then they're gone. The area is crowded with tourists. Restaurants are quite pricey, and many of them are full. Gion seems to be very... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This district in the day is very quiet, but do visit in the evening, it has a great atmosphere. Look out for the Geisha girls too.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

This little section of the city of Kyoto is what I have always wanted to experience. It is the quintessential Japan of my dreams. Little alleys, lanterns, cherry blossoms and tatami mats. Every corner there is the excitement of possibly seeing a Maiko or Geisha. There are expensive antique shops, stunning paper and silk stores and everything in between. I... More

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