Tatsumi Bridge
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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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Anita S
Singapore, Singapore57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
This is a place to go if you missed early blooming cherry blossom. We love the canal and the buildings are beautiful.
Written 6 May 2019
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore7,428 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
This is another favourite walk from the river/canal, and up the tree-lined alleys along the small canals. The alley is lined with old houses, ryokans and restaurants. Round the corner, there are small cafes like an-main, before you see the rather jarring sight of bars and karoakes towards the main street.

You can often see rickshaws with passengers touring the alleys, with the pullers giving a brief rundown of the place’s history.
Written 18 May 2023
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SurfingWild
Bandung, Indonesia8,425 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
This small stone bridge can be found at the juncture of Shinbashi Dori and Gion Shirakawa close to the Gion Shin Bridge. The bridge is quite beautiful and affords nice views along the small river of cherry trees, willow trees and the many dark wood faced restaurants and bars set along the edge of the river.

The bridge and the nearby area is very traditional in the old Kyoto style and you will often see tourists dressed in Kimonos and makeup posing for photographs here.
Written 13 January 2019
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Warner L
Pasadena, CA660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
Such a small bridge that spans a small canal that connects parts of Gion for completing the whole feeling of being in the (as we call it) Geisha District. It is a very photographic bridge when not crowded.
Written 20 April 2018
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Jacqueline V
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We got there in the evening as the lanterns were all illuminated and the Gion was quiet and we fell in love with the beauty around us.
Written 27 August 2023
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Juhi K
Sydney, Australia413 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We went on Christmas day at night. The bridge is gorgeous and has some lighting. It had moderate traffic for a small bridge. Its near shops and bars. Easy walk from Sanjo area.
Written 25 December 2019
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Chris L
Mountain View, CA198 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The vermillion posts, the stone streets, the lanterns, and the people dressed in kimono make this a good shot of Gion.
Written 20 October 2019
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David H
Union City, CA9,013 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is an old stone bridge which links the Gion cross Shira river to the street. Both Night & Day cherry blossoms were so pretty. The reflections of Shira River water made the view even more uniquely pretty, remarkable and memorable. Strongly recommended anyone visited Gion to stop by here to enjoy the natural beauty anytime, day and night.
Written 7 April 2019
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Coellum
Manila, Philippines1,232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
This bridge is included in recommended walks within Kyoto. I was surprised to see how short it is. When we were there, cherry blossoms added to the charm of the area. It was rather crowded because every tourist in the vicinity wanted their picture taken on it.
Written 14 May 2018
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saul g
Tel Aviv, Israel1,223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Together with the tiny shrine adjecent , the known little bridge is a perfect place for photo ops with (rented) Kimono wearing young ladys and couples , coming to this corner for a prayer and photographing themeselves . There's always something going on here . Afterwards , you can relax with a good cup of coffee in "ZEF" the smallest esspresso bar (that I know) , just meters away from the bridge , on Shirakawa-Minami Dori .
Enjoy .
Written 24 November 2017
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