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Gion

Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #19 of 399 Attractions in Kyoto
4.5 of 5 stars 1,533 Reviews
Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: The most famous neighborhood in Kyoto is also known as the Geisha...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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 glimpse of a geisha in full dress including white makeup.
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Very traditional side of Japan, all Kyoto is very nice but Gion is the heart, little streets and wood houses bring you back to 19th century. Geishas will try to escape from your camera but you can see many ladies in beautyful Kimomos shopping around if you choose Chinese New Year time to visit Kyoto you can see very interesting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This was by far our favorite area of the city. The streets are so great to wander and explore that we ended up back here 2 of our 3 nights in Kyoto. It is a must see. I'd recommend looking for a good walking tour of the area. There is so much going on in this area that you would... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Tours leave every evening and highly recommended, you will see a geiko and meiko,and learn about the culture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Must visit.. Many shops and restaurants.. Occasionally you get a glimpse of the Geisha... it's an experience. They usually are out ard 5pm.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Gion is one of the districts in Kyoto that you should never missed to visit. A very nice place to view. If you have got the time, can even try out wearing the kimonos and have a feel of walking around town in the kimono. Great pic for memories....loving it every single second :)

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We walked around Gion but felt it did not have the great vibe that Pontocho did. We did not see any Geishas either and felt the restaurants were more pricey than those in Pontocho. Worth it only if you have time to spare. The Gion Minamiza Kabuki theatre is beautiful and you must see that.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

I hate to be a drag, but the travel books are right: Gion by day isn't very exciting, and by night, it's not so amazing, either. While there are still geisha and meiko to be seen sometimes, most often you'll see tourists dressed as meiko. The lights at night are nice, but not so stunning, and there's not a lot.... More 

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Tianjin, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

We only saw a few Geisha's, but whats awesome about this area is the old architecture and those visiting this area. There were a lot of women dressed in kimonos and with the backdrop it was a lovely experience. This isn't full of touristy shops, but there are a lot of people walking around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Much of Japan is grey suburbia so it is nice to hunt out traditional areas. Gion is great and beautiful too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The place where you suppose to see the real geisha but I had no luck on that as I arrived late and did not manage to catch a single one. The street is like an old street where is it nice to walk and get your stomach fixed. My 1st try of Naitou(a fragmented beans), raw chicken and raw egg... More 

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