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.
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