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Gion

Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 90-5430-7311
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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto
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Nighttime Local Eats and Streets in Old Kyoto
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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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“real geisha” (91 reviews)
“geisha walking” (52 reviews)
“geisha spotting” (38 reviews)
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Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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"real geisha"
in 91 reviews
"geisha walking"
in 52 reviews
"geisha spotting"
in 38 reviews
"interesting area"
in 40 reviews
"narrow streets"
in 93 reviews
"walk around"
in 87 reviews
"the main street"
in 105 reviews
"traditional japan"
in 41 reviews
"yasaka shrine"
in 79 reviews
"lots of shops"
in 41 reviews
"walking tour"
in 49 reviews
"tea house"
in 45 reviews
"nice walk"
in 37 reviews
"tea ceremony"
in 54 reviews
"cherry blossoms"
in 36 reviews
"kyoto station"
in 41 reviews
"maiko"
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Reviewed yesterday

Best it's to visit Gion in the evening , you will see red lights, it's less tourist as well , take your time , go back and forward just walk around and discover the area

Thank icecube67
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Reviewed yesterday

So as you'd expect, really crowded with tourists. Consider coming early in the morning, if it's a quiet stroll amidst old buildings you want, keeping in mind the stores open later. With a bit of exploring you'll find quieter sections even once the tourist crowds...More

Thank wzhkevin
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great introduction to Old Kyoto with amazing array of restaurants, shopping and sight seeing sights and Temples. The best shopping for nick nacks, souvenirs and even traditional Japanese art and products . Came across an excellent noodle 🍜 place and had a wonderful lunch. A...More

Thank Godzilla5
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Were here looking at GPS but somehow going wrong direction and walk pass 2 subway station and follow sign to climb up the slope. Quite fun carrying my little young daughter walking around the shop along Gion area where they sell lot of souvenirs like...More

Thank Shiang T
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Many classy reataurants to be found here, and some quaint bars. It is a bit expensive and exclusive. On the water side, restautants have decks overlooking the river. A very pleasant place to have drinks and dinner. Watch out for cover charges in bars and...More

Thank Shindo123
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very crowded cramped streets. Most items in classic shops, although nice, seemed to be more expensive than other places we visited. Do visit if you have the time.

Thank Anil N
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I didn’t think there was much to see here and it seemed like a place that people visit just because people say to visit it. There’s even a Starbucks at the end of the road. Luckily you’ll be in the area anyway seeing other things...More

Thank Sergeant_N
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This little street has its Japanese tradition looking houses and signs. Around sunset, you will have a chance to see geishas dropping off at certain restaurants and get a glimpse of them. They dress up beautifully.

Thank JT3689NJ
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to stay in this district and I would so stay here again. Beautiful scenery and the houses and streets were lovely

Thank Lucinda J
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Walking in Gion is like stepping back in time, and it was beautiful especially at night. There is a good row of shops with souvenirs and sweets, and a good range of restaurants, from fairly affordable to really expensive. It's a nice way to just...More

Thank SPuen
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Gion
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
...More
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Fionadancepants
April 3, 2018|
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Response from Areyes279 | Reviewed this property |
It depends. Some are open until 9:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. But people are out late no matter what. Street lights are bright.
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Fionadancepants
April 3, 2018|
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Response from MoDiToO | Reviewed this property |
In general they stay pretty late. May I know what kind of store are looking for to try to answer more specifically ?
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Suneri M
March 12, 2018|
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Response from KampongPotato | Reviewed this property |
I don't recalled walking past any restaurants that serves buffet style meals while I was there. The restaurants I passed by deals with ala-carte orders (and really expensive too).
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