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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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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Gion is where you go in Kyoto to experience the old Japan. Girls can rent kimono and get the hair and make up for a fee, and wear them for the day. Some girls opt to use a geisha... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Vantaa, Finland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 NEW

Filled with shops and very crowded streets with a lot of other tourists. Not any authentic feeling left anymore Some shops are worth visiting like local ceramic shops.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Gion is where you go in Kyoto to experience the old Japan. Girls can rent kimono and get the hair and make up for a fee, and wear them for the day. Some girls opt to use a geisha make up (or are they really maiko? not really sure). You can stroll along the road, look at the old buildings,... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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46 reviews 46 reviews
27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The Gion district is very crowded with lots of young tourists dressed as geishas taking selfies but real geishas are spotted darting into traditional restaurants, some with male guards in kimonos ushering them into the courtyards. This lifestyle and traditions are so unique you feel like you have stepped way back in time to another world. Check the side alleys... More 

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Nice in terms of buildings but not a great deal else to see. Maybe because we went during the daytime? Didn't really register much on our Kyoto trip to be honest, there were plenty of other things I remember being more noteworthy.

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manila
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

there is a mix of old and new japan, where Geisha roam the streets along old houses, and just a stone throw away are clubs and shops, also dining in a quiet restaurant overlooking the river is quite an experience

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Well worth spending an evening here, many nice restaurants and bars in a street of ancient/refurbished shops/houses

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Gion is the shopping district. Major stores and name brands are represented here. There is also a large market of mainly clothing but also running cross wise is a food market. Best time to visit to see the food market is early afternoon to mid afternoon. Eay to reach by subway or the tourist bus route from Kyoto Station. A... More 

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PA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This place didn't seem authentic to me, it's as if they built it just for tourists. The restaurants and shops are there to rip tourists and foreigners off, though I did buy myself some snacks and goodies (oops). I saw tourists dressed up as Geishas, but not true Geishas themselves. Overall, Gion was just OK and you won't spend all... More 

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Auckland
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Sadly I had to be somewhere by a certain time, so didn't get the chance to continue exploring the old streets for as long as I would have liked to. This is where you are certain Memoires of a Geisha (the movie) are set, and it is certain representative of a Japan mostly non~existent any much elsewhere. Another of Kyoto's... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a busy shopping and entertainment area and flocks of people enjoy the shops and the river views. Traffic is very heavy here and the stores are too many. Every nook and cranny in Japan has a restaurant. You can also walk the Geisha district here. which is awesome.

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