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Gion

Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0001, Japan
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Ranked #20 of 382 Attractions in Kyoto
Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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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.
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Shanghai, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

The Gion area is full of shops and attractions that you can spend a good amount of time in. There are also many good restaurants if you try to go into the smaller valleys, away from the main streets. Highly recommended.

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Champery, Switzerland
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Nice place to walk and discover the ancient Kyoto: little wooden houses, bars, restaurants and, if you are lucky, a "true" geisha going to work !

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

The Gion district is the place to go when visiting Kyoto. This is the place to see women in traditional kimono's and might glimpse a geisha. Lots of shops and several nice restaurants.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Gion is probably what large Japanese cities looked like a couple hundred years ago, with its narrow streets with lots of shops and restaurants. The idea is to wander around aimlessly and try to get lost, at least a little... You will probably find some nice surprises.

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London, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Loved Gion, well, loved Kyoto really! It's like taking a step back in time to old Japan. The people are polite and gentle, there is lots to see and lots to eat! Great place! Will definitely visit again!

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

There are many shops in the Gion. As to geishas, we did not see any, but there is a possibility that YOUR wish comes true. The old tea houses were interesting and picturesque with the canal running by. Recommended.

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Werchter, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Walk around in gion.menjoy the houses and the restaurants. Totally different from the big cities as tokyo and osaka. Eat by sitting on the tatami in the restaurants. Enjoy the view when the gheisa s pass. Y :-)

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

If you're looking for a place to stay in Kyoto, make Gion as your home base. It's lovely to walk around at night and you're near most of the famous temples and attractions. Bus stops are also everywhere, you can hop on and off anytime you'd want. I really have nothing bad to say about Kyoto. Everything is just perfect---... More

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Melbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Depends why you want to visit the Gion, but I think it over rated. The streets are quite heavy with vehicular traffic, the restaurants are expensive, not, I would have thought, for the average tourist. Also, not a lot of Maiko to be seen, but that depends on the time you visit. There are better examples of the old geisha... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Gion is a must-see area of Kyoto, filled with traditional architecture and restaurants. There are several quaint canals, and many nice stores. If you go in the evening you might catch a glimpse if a geisha.

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