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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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Tiny alleys, big reward

Ramen shops, local hand-crafts and a view of ancient Japan. There are many buildings which look quite old & ladies dressed in traditional Geisha clothing are everywhere.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Ramen shops, local hand-crafts and a view of ancient Japan. There are many buildings which look quite old & ladies dressed in traditional Geisha clothing are everywhere.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Go there to see a Geisha and if you're very lucky you might catch a glimpse of one in a tinted glass car driven to an appointment. Just walk the small streets to see the old Kyoto with small tea houses with red lanterns in front which seem to be converting to restaurants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Young Japanese couples in kimonos coming to get pictures of themselves with real japan in background. A lot antique shops and restaurants.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As soon as we arrived I felt we were transported back into the past in Japan. We arrived at night so the large bustles of tourists had moved on. However, the restaurants were open and the locals and the lights looked great. This place was entirely different to every other part I saw in Japan. It was beautiful and so... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I went for a walk at Gion park and Yasaka shrine at around 8pm and it was amazing. I wouldn't recommend buying anything there though. Check the menu and the prices before going in, some shops are expensive for no reason. However you can find some great cheap diners around Gion. I used Google maps and TripAdvisor to find those.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is part of Kyoto where you can feel real spirit of the old town. Old houses, nice streets and everything packed with tradition. Must visit! Just walk down the streets and look around and will feel the Japanese spirit of living.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great for a stroll but like many places in Kyoto is very busy, even though it wasn't quite peak season. I'm glad we visited but if I were to return to Kyoto I possibly would miss it off my itinerary.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sure, its got Edo-era buildings in its streets thats nice. Sure there's a bunch of souvenir shops on the main street (which dont have the old buildings). But apart from that, not much. Restaurants in the most popular Edo-era section are overpriced (please avoid unless you're an ignorant tourist who dont know better). Most of the stuff you can buy... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Once you have found Gion it is a nice area. There are old houses and no doubt there is some fabulous restaurants. However it was not the highlight of our 8 day stay in Kyoto. It is all too easy to stray into the bright lights of the main street near the river and have to fight off the crowds.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came here with our Kyoto free walking tour guide. It is simply surreal to see Gion. It a must see area and you should visit here during the day and in the evening. Try joining the free tour and you will learn more about Gion and Japan culture.

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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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