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Gion

Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0001, Japan
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Ranked #17 of 373 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
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54 reviews 54 reviews
28 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

From food to sights to shopping, it really has it all. Found a long arcade, that really didn't look like much from the outside, which was full of great little shops. We found a second hand store selling kimonos which were very cheap.

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El Paso, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Okay so we went to this wanting to see a real Geisha but the problem is geishas are rarely seen outside of the house. So because I am a book lover and read a book (which I won't name) I wanted to go here. First off, there isn't a whole lot to see. There is a theatre that has shows... More

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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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143 reviews 143 reviews
37 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Gion should be high on the list of any trip to Kyoto and it is especially impressive in the late afternoon and evening. When the lantern lights of all the shops and restaurants come on at dusk, the area takes on a magical air. Be sure to walk down Shinbashi (street?) along the water and take in one of the... More

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Newcastle
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179 reviews 179 reviews
82 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Very pretty area, and nice / atmospheric at night as well as by day - good for photo opportunities. There isn't much in the way of tourist shops or cheaper restaurants - almost all the buildings in the area are *very* pricey traditional Japanese restaurants.

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Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This is the old part of Kyoto, full of lovely old streets, classy shops for souvenirs and, if you're lucky, Geishas. Great to wander, go see the local shrine.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The stores along the street are all unique and special. I went there in the evening - the weather is cool and chill while the street lamps make the ambiance very "Japanese". My only regret is that I did not buy what I saw in the shop. I thought I could see it again somewhere but it turns out products... More

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Creve Coeur, Missouri
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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Just walking the area is a trip to times gone...Plenty of restaurants, good food, and the Gion shoiw is a must..excellent really.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Gion is nothing kind of a tourist trap, even more so than other popular destinations in Japan. It was kind of horrifying to see the swarm of tourists blocking streets and waiting to see a Maiko (that's right, not even Geisha, but Maiko). Once they get w whiff of the Maiko walking between appointments to cars, they follow them, blocking... More

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Switzerland
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139 reviews 139 reviews
39 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A must see, a bit touristy but still lots of locals are there too. In the traditional Asian way lots of shopping and a few temples to visit. Good food. But the best is when you see trainee Geisha's walking around and you can take pictures...

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Very good place for walks, meetings with geishas, visits to shows, restaurants and nightlife. Whiff of old Kyoto in tune with the present. I recommend not to be missed!

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