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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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The most famous neighborhood in Kyoto is also known as the Geisha district....

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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Great beautiful quarter

This quarter is a very traditional one were you could have luck to spot a Geisha. Close to it there are nice bars and Restaurants. Just take time to get around.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This quarter is a very traditional one were you could have luck to spot a Geisha. Close to it there are nice bars and Restaurants. Just take time to get around.

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Totnes, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gion was probably our least favourite area we visited in Kyoto. Get off the beaten track and there are beautiful, quiet, authentic and atmospheric places. Gion isn't it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Of course we hoped to see a Geisha but with the amount of tourists walking around its no surprise we didn't. The area has lovely paved road and so many little streets all with closed up rooms. Interesting to visit

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As too tired after just exploring Fushimi Inari , coming here, no ideas what to expect here. Just saw lot of ppl wearing kimono. Lots of nice souvenirs shop. Lots of tourists too here. We didn't visit the shrine here, just walk around n shop little souvenirs and bought ice cream again. Every where we saw ice cream. Like it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Gion on a bike was fun, we went fairly early so it wasn't crowded. It's just a little tricky to find bike parking, be aware and don't get towed. There's a Main Street in Gion that sells some street food and souvenir. Definitely more touristy than I expected but y miss it for that reason.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We pushed through on going to Gion even though it is raining that time. And fortunately, right when we enter the street, I have spotted a Geisha. I wanted to take a picture of her but I was not in luck because I didn't take my phone out since it was raining quite hard. Also, my mother attempted on asking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved Gion! We felt we were in Japan because of this area, the traditional houses, shops, the many temples and shrines around. It's so calm and beautiful and there's a nice path you can walk day or night to help you see all of it. This is Japan ❤️💝

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are lots of lovely places to explore around Gion (say Gee-on). Arrive in the afternoon and see an evening Geisha show - it might be a bit touristy but you'll love it! Follow that with dinner. Be careful where you select for dinner - some really good restaurants but with a price tag attached. We had an excellent meal... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Japan is renown for a rich history which has been well maintained, Gion is an excellent example of this. Along the old streets lined with wooden buildings you may be lucky enough to see Geiko (The Kyoto word for Geisha) walking between their bookings. Old stores with traditional sweets, food and items are great to visit. Even at night Gion... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my favorite spot in Kyoto.. Really loved the place, will take you back in time, traditional houses and Japanese architecture ... Culture overload... The restos in the area are an added attraction to the area

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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.