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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.
Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We took a stroll through the Gion district with found it enthralling, full of surprises down its little and quaint streets. We saw many traditional styled shops, homes, restaurants and peppered with a number of shrines. We hadn’t planned a particular route and chose to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank pingynielsen
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This neighborhood area is filled with quaint shops and restaurants. It is quite overwhelming as there is so much to see at every turn. The Starbucks in this area looks like a traditional Japanese house. Quite interesting.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

One could wak,and walk,and walk and each path you would take you discover something new,something pretty.There is history,there are nice shops,good restaurants.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank gdi2011
Reviewed 4 days ago

When went it was starting to get dark. There were no street lights and most of the eateries were not yet opened. Cant even see the buildings properly. We caught a glimpse of 2 ladies rushing from one of the houses to a waiting taxi....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Christine L
Reviewed 5 days ago

Maiko and geiko are the Japanese terms for Geishas (Japanese don't really use this word as often as westerners do). Beware that this place is full of tourists trying to catch a glimpse of the women on their way to or from the teahouses, and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Matan K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a fabulous location. Close to everything ...including general store. Did the kimono experience which was fun. Lovely peaceful atmosphere with English speaking people everywhere. Felt very safe walking around on my own, as family were staying about a 15 minute walk away.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Missronnie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very historic and character istic neighborhood with many temples, hostoric sites and small shops. Many tourists walking along some dressed in kimonos. Some streets are pedestrian only. It takes a stroll of several hours to get the full feel of this place. Take your time.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MountaineerLu
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gion with its colourful buildings and occupants conveys a timelessness where history and culture meet. An excellent place to walk and watch plus the many bars and restaurants are worth visiting at night

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kumaotoshi
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a walk through the streets, but not wanting to be rude, didn't take photos of the Geisha ladies who were out walking. I understand this is quite nice at night with good restaurants, but we did not go back.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mousecook
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Didn’t see any geishas but was a pleasant walk about the area. Typical tourist areas lined with small gift shops, restaurants, pharmacies, etc.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pattng
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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
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14 October 2018|
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Response from Alison S | Reviewed this property |
You certainly won't feel out of place. There are a huge number of hire places for kimono and yukata. Quite a number of young Japanese were dressed in yukata durign August.
3 April 2018|
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Response from Autumn_Russell | Reviewed this property |
From my experience, most stores around Japan are open until 10pm every day of the week. Restaurants & food places will often stay open until about 11..
3 April 2018|
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Response from MoDiToO | Reviewed this property |
In general they stay pretty late. May I know what kind of store are looking for to try to answer more specifically ?