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“Fun to see” 4 of 5 stars
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Gion
Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Ranked #13 of 543 things to do in Kyoto
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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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“Fun to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Fun to see, especially after having read, "Memories of a Geisha". We saw an apprentice and the geisha's umbrellas drying after the night's rain storm. Not much else was open in the morning.

Visited October 2012
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“Gion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Interesting and surprisingly clean and picturesque. Wonderful seeing authentic ladies in kimona. Even the public phone booths were created to match the local ethnic architecture.

Visited December 2011
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“Pretty Lights”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

We wandered round this part of the city at night and found it all very pretty with the narrow streets and lit lights. Didn't spot any geisha though and the restaurants were a little on the expensive side.

Visited October 2012
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“Geisha Walking Tour”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

Meet outside Kita-Za Theatre Mon/Wed/Fri at 6pm (1,000 yen pp). Was looking forward to this and although interesting and took us around areas of Gion we hadn't yet been, thought it could've been so much more for the 1hour and 40 minutes.

Visited October 2012
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“2 out of 2 for Geisha/Maiko spottings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Gion is great for a stroll around, especially in the afternoon. It's nice to get yourself lost in some of the winding back alley's and wonder what's going on behind the curtains attached to doorways. We've been in 2010 and 2012 and spotted a Geisha the first time and Maiko the 2nd time. Both times we weren't looking, just strolling about and they happened to just be going about their business. Please remember to be respectful! A fast prime makes all the difference in the dark back alleyways - F/1.4

Visited October 2012
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