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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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the home of the geiko

Gion is an old part of town and is fun to visit, especially in late afternoon and the evening. Go and stroll the streets, have dinner in an Isykaya ( small local restaurant0 and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gion is an old part of town and is fun to visit, especially in late afternoon and the evening. Go and stroll the streets, have dinner in an Isykaya ( small local restaurant0 and taste traditional food served with cold wine, saki or beer. If you are lucky, you may see some of the geiko as they travel to their... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went on a winter's evening so no cherry blossoms and nice empty streets. Very atmospheric, especially as the sun set. Gave a feel for what the whole of Japan must once have been like. Very photographic and enjoyable to explore.

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gion is an old traditional japanese district with small food restaraunts and small shops. Just walk arround and discover.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited around sunset on my first day in Japan. Very magical around this time. The place lights up with stores and restaurants. Yasaka Temple and Pagoda are within this district and make for a splendid night out. I would love to have spent more time here; 4 hours wasn't nearly enough. Also, for those interested, lots of people walking around... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to Gion for a walk. Good cultural experience. The place looks a lot like old time Japan. It's beautiful, well worth your time and experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Gion is a wonderful neighborhood great for walking and shopping. There are many good restaurants. A must see in Kyoto.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

At the time of visiting (November 2016) Gion was overrun with thousands of tourists: I know I was part of the 'problem' but it just felt like a funfair.. I did not get anything out of it, maybe it is different out of season...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited this street in Gion as part of a Private English Tour that we booked through Tripadvisor in December 2016. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to tell us all we needed to know about Kyoto and this area of Gion.

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This area of Kyoto has so many nooks and crannies you just keep finding more down winding streets. It can be busy but you can also escape the tourist throngs. The houses, shops and lane ways are fascinating if you are interested in architecture and design. Temples dot in hillside and views down across the city to the snow capped... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Kyoto in the morning is amazing Kyoto in the afternoon is amazing Kyoto in the evening is amazing Gion is a place where to go when you arrive in town from far Europe Gion turns your head Couples jn traditional kimonos Temples sushi bar Udon bar Noodles bar Amazing walk

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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.
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