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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 part of downtown Kyoto

Located just within walking distance of Kyoto downtown Gion is charming. It has great ancient architecture. Old charming shophouses lining the streets. There are shrines in Gion... read more

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Gion is a famous old district of Kyoto which has timber facades, bamboo blinds over the windows and geishas in kimonos walking the streets. It has a lovely setting along the banks of a river, with the backdrop of misty hills. Some streams also run down through the district and they are surprisingly clear and crisp; they even have the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Located just within walking distance of Kyoto downtown Gion is charming. It has great ancient architecture. Old charming shophouses lining the streets. There are shrines in Gion and lost of locals and tourists dress up in traditional costumes when they visit Gion. A great place to visit when you are downtown

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were near this district, within walking distance. Very interesting and with loads of landmarks to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved the place the environment and the tea house. You can see lots of Geishas. It is amazing !!! Very easy to get there. Lots of shops are around the area and a beautiful temple. But my fav was the geisha district. The book memories of a Geisha set in this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lively tourist filled area with shops and restaurants. You can see the tradition all housing and visit the theatre. If you are lucky you might spot a geisha.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We walked around Gion a few times during our trip, during the day and the evening, and it was nice and all, but we weren't over the moon for it or anything. It's definitely old-style Kyoto, which is fun to see, and we didn't see any Geishas but didn't expect to either. It was a nice walk for a night,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We purposely stayed at this location for the novelty of the Geishas, people have the option to dress up as Geisha and Samurai, lots of stores rents them to people, you can also buy them if you wish. I did not rent them, it was too hot for me and for sure they did not have my size, 14. Wooden... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a unique area of Kyoto, with many upscale restaurants and some stores. Easy and pleasant to walk around it. The most interesting aspect of it is the large concentration of tea houses were Geikos and Maikos work entertaining the clients can be seen. There is also a small museum where we attended a 10 min show by a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent hours wandering around this area. So much to see and do. We were lucky enough to sight some of the Geishas that train in the area. Definitely a must see area if you have the time. Very busy bus ride back to Kyoto Station.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you go to Kyoto, this is one area not to miss. The Geishas train here, and if you're lucky, you'll get to see some. You'll be walking a lot, so wear comfortable shoes. We had a delicious pancake dinner (not the American type) in a traditional restaurant where you sit on the floor. Very nice, indeed!

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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.