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“Lots of beauty”
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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto
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Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour including Traditional Japanese Snacks and Drinks
Ranked #9 of 1,119 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.
Sydney, Australia
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Lots of beauty”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

Gion itself isn't amazing; it's the people that fill it. There are always people around, bustling to and fro. Schoolkids wandering around after school, waiting for some cheap Karaage; Tourists trying to get a photo of anything and everything; Yasaka Shrine goers dressing in kimono and agreeing to have their photo taken for those aforementioned tourists; burly men standing out the front of what I assume are special 'massage parlours', making naughty hand gestures and saying 'big breasts' in Japanese; a myriad of nice restaurants to choose from. It draws all sorts of people into it. It is lively, it can be seedy, it is still beautiful. So much to do and see. Definitely worth a trip, definitely worth multiple trips.

Visited October 2013
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Ballarat, Australia
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“Attractive part of old Kyoto”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

The Stone Paved Streets, although generally busy with tourists, are worth a few hours of time to investigate the small shops, teahouses & souvenir stores.

Visited October 2013
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“much ado about...”
Reviewed October 28, 2013

Had we not gone, we would have regretted it. We went at night on a weekend. Women and girls line the street corners. Bouncers at every turn beckoning patrons to establishments. Yes, geishas were on the street but the attention to them seems so voyeuristic.
On the positive side, go to the famously unpretentious okonomiyaki eatery: Issen Yosoyoken (sp) in Higashiyama. Delicious. Cheap 'n Cheerful.

Visited October 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

It's a nice part of Kyoto with old houses and the area where the Geisha & Maiko live. We attended a show at Gion Corner, which is quite fun. You get to see some of Japans cultural history in only an hour. You'll see a tea cermony, some music and there was a Maiko who did 2 dances. They sell special tickets for foreigners, so we only payed 2500 Yen instead of 3100 Yen per person.

Visited October 2013
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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“Soak it in!”
Reviewed October 26, 2013 via mobile

Great area full of little restaurants and bars built in a style reminiscent to japan in the old days. Many little alleys and small streets with lots of little shops thats fun to just wander. You can see geishas (not just girls in kimonos) walking around in the day but the real beauty of Gion is at night when all the lights go on - its something really special.

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