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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.
Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 90-5430-7311
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Reviewed yesterday

Chose to do a Gion night walk with my husband. Had a terrific time. Very econmical and open to just showing up at the preassigned meeting point. Two separate guides were available so that the group that arrived could be divided in two (about 10-12...More

Thank psicokitty
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Well, this is a Japanese tradition involving a non sexual evening with “business companions”- difficult for us to even comprehend. One can stand in the street and see the famous tea houses. Maybe see a client arrive or depart. Other than that, .....meh.

Thank breggie
Reviewed 3 days ago

While this primarily an evening district, a walk through Gion by day is also worthwhile. There is a feel of older times as you walk down the streets of traditional houses. Polite policemen direct the traffic efficiently so that you an walk safely. There are...More

Thank Jackie W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A beautiful and fascinating neighborhood to walk through. I recommend booking a tour or doing your research beforehand so you can appreciate the history of this area. Please be respectful of the people working - particularly the maiko and geiko. We started our morning here...More

Thank madlikemercury
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Narrow beautiful streets full of restaurants and bars. You can find lots of locals and good restaurants. If lucky early in the evening you can find geisha in the streets

Thank Pejman S
Reviewed 4 days ago

It's a nice area although a bit crowded. There are all these "ancient" buildings" which basically cater to the (japanese) tourists. It's still a top sight in Kyoto.

Thank makr80
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited as daughters had booked in for a maiko experience (which was excellent). Gave us time to wander around the Gion with its shrines and buddha trail. A lot of the old buildings seem to havs been modernised or their facades have ...bit it didnt...More

Thank Jayne F
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a guide walk us through the district explaining the history of the area and of the geisha. It was extremely hot and humid so the shade of the small streets helped. We where luckily enough to spot a maiko ( geisha apprentice) ....More

Thank gallaghera416
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely traditional area, we really enjoyed a good hour wandering around. Would recommend everyone to visit this area if you are staying in Kyoto.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a hot day with a lot of people. We weren't really sure what to expect but it is the sort of area you could spend a while in if you do the back streets. It is great that the area has been preserved....More

Thank Alison S
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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
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April 3, 2018|
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Response from Amarys R | 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.
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 ?
March 12, 2018|
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Response from Likes2travel_13 | Reviewed this property |
We went to the 7-8 story of a shopping mall near Gion. Look for department stores. All have a restaurant or buffets or even tens of different independent ramen or bakeries. I didn’t see a buffet, but food is good and... More