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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto
Ranked #12 of 1,317 things to do in Kyoto
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed May 6, 2013

One simply cannot visit Kyoto without spending time walking around the Gion. It is steeped in history and beauty.

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"real geisha"
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"geisha spotting"
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"geisha walking"
in 47 reviews
"narrow streets"
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"interesting area"
in 36 reviews
"traditional houses"
in 48 reviews
"the main street"
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"yasaka shrine"
in 77 reviews
"walk around"
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"lots of shops"
in 35 reviews
"walking tour"
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"tea house"
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"nice walk"
in 37 reviews
"japanese culture"
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"tea ceremony"
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"kyoto station"
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Traditional and very good food. The streets smell wonderful when dinner starts happening. The beautiful river flows right through the town, and the geisha come out at night.

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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Gion is the heart of the Geisha world. In this important area a friend I were lucky enough to be invited to attend dinner at the ultra-historic tea house called Ichiriki Achaya. There we ate the most phenomenal food and were entertained by Maiko, Geiko, and Geisha of a range of personalities. I was impressed. One who was accomplished, older, and spoke a lot of English, Eriko, unfortunately went too far in her drinking games and seemed to be drunk and was horrendously and personally rude to one of us at the end of the evening. That provided a special and strange insight to the mysterious world of the Geisha.
Another night we returned to watch the Miyako-Dori -- a play of eye popping visuals, in an apparently totally woman-run production. The cast was huge - scores of women in the most fabulous kimono, dancing, acting, playing music, singing. The sets were astonishing. Tho a bit of research will show this production is the creation of some powerful male tea house owners in centuries back, and it may still be run by men to this day, you would hardly suspect it when watching the show. It is a conspicuously all- woman production. It was thrilling.

Thank Anne B
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

A time traveling experience awakens the sense of self and history in Kyoto's Gion city.

Fine restaurants serving traditional style Japanese cuisine and sweets, geisha houses and a beautiful river runs through this fairy tale place.

At once romantic, always excellent to explore and discover refreshing experiences creating a magical link to the past, traditional Japanese style.

Many of the Gion city restaurants were once Geisha houses with very unique architecture. Some of the oldest restaurants have lower sliding doors which were slid-open, revealing the Geisha's legs.

Still, nature offers sublime beauty. Exotic birds, smells of heavenly foods, beautiful Geishas walking from house to restaurants in the company of Japanese business men.

Honoring, at once, a centuries old traditional of hospitality, beauty and, always, showcasing amazing conversational skills with utmost class.

Gion is a must.

Nearby main street offers many souvenir opportunities including the marinated, salty Saura flowers which make for excellent rice flavoring.

Thank vladebay
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Very pleasant neighbourhood where in the evening around 7.00 PM tourists try to take some quick snaps of geisha ´s going to their respective saloons. Walk from there to Pontocho for dinner in one of the multiple restaurants along the river.

Thank carlemil
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