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“Enchanting at night”
Review of Gion

Gion
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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto
Ranked #12 of 1,313 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 June 29, 2013

We arrived in the Gion on a rainy evening. After dinner, we the rain had stopped and we walked through the winding cobblestoned streets from Yasaka Pagoda to Yasaka Shrine.The lane ways were lit by lanterns hanging from the small wooden houses and the light made the cobblestones glisten. It was summer and I carried a gardenia I picked from a nearby bush and the heady perfume trailed behind us. We were completely alone in the streets but there was absolutely no sense of danger. There was complete silence except for our footsteps. It truly was like walking through an enchanted dream.
The next day, we returned, and it was completely different. The laneways were full of tourists and souvenir shops, everyone making their way to the Shrine and stopping for photos and trinkets. This was lots of fun too but didn't capture the magic of the night before.
Whatever you do, make sure you explore the Gion after 9pm. It's completely enchanting!

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

I really like the show that they do every night
gives you the view of the culture of Kyoto, the Geikos' the Maiko's, you get to see the japanese tea ceremony, I think the Gion corner is a real great cultural adventure, when you are walking in the streets of old japanese style houses and the river going by it makes it really special

2  Thank onvacationwithkids
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Beautiful traditional area that feels very Zen to walk around in and as Geisha sightings are rare, you can play spot the geisha! We saw two, and my gosh do they walk fast!
Don't miss out the back of the Gion area where it's over a canal - simply beautiful at night.

Thank Lulula17
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Quaint old Kyoto. A must go when you are in Kyoto and if you are lucky (as I was), you will be able to catch a glimpse of the beautiful geiko or young maiko!

Thank eatreadandtravel
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Most of the roads in the Gion area are lined with restored buildings, it was like a walk back in time. The best time to explore Gion on foot would be in the late afternoon where you'll come across geisha and maiko in full attire. The theatre show and tea ceremony experience at Gion Corner is worth the money, IMO. Good insight into Japanese culture.

Thank TADoc
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