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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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The most famous neighborhood in Kyoto is also known as the Geisha district....

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.

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I really fell in love with this place. It's absolutely beautiful! I love how the shops have their own individuality and how all their shops have a minimalist artistic influence... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Out of all the places I've been to in Japan, Gion disappointed me the most. Yes there's traditional elements, mainly in the form of high priced traditional style izakaya's & omakase/kaiseki restaurants where $200- $400 pp for dinner & drinks is easily done. But you can quite easily do a Doutor Vs Starbucks, Mos Burger Vs Macca's comparison Vlog (as... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not a lot to see and do here, although there was a glass shop that had some very impressive merchandise. We visited again at night hoping to see a little more action. The street lights were pretty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I really fell in love with this place. It's absolutely beautiful! I love how the shops have their own individuality and how all their shops have a minimalist artistic influence. Maybe because it's near a modern arts museum that's why all the shops there makes you feel like you're in one huge museum! It's definitely a must go in Kyoto!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Gion is a unique area of Kyoto. Lots of hidden alleyways and unique architecture. The location of the still thriving Geisha business. There is an opportunity to see Geisha's but mainly at night. I didn't catch any when I was there but I did see where they live. Their boarding houses do have small wooden placards. Don't miss the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Was looking forward to seeing this iconic place but was disappointed. Full of shops (overpriced) and nothing more. The only place I liked was on the back streets. If you have time, you can go see it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

There are a lot of food shops along the inner streets of Gion, on the main street is shopping and more food places. Here is the best place to walk around in your kimono and have that old school Geisha era feeling.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the finest way to discover Kyoto is to take a walk from Yasaka jinja to Kiyomizu dera through Gion. You'll find something great in each corner, Souvenir shops are plenty. You may see some Maikos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Gion is a nice break from the usual business of the inner cities. This area provides great historical attractions, souvenir shops and small eateries. There are also awesome bars (karaoke as well). These aren't obvious from street view, just watch for the signs on buildings. You can walk pretty much everywhere, we also hired bikes for a day which was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The bricked streets are lined with old wooden houses to give a traditional feel to the neighbourhood. All the buildings seem to be in use as restaurants, hotels or shops. We were there at night and it looked like if the red lanterns are lit the the shop is open. Nice place to wander but the restaurants here looked a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Gion is where old Japan can be savoured, albeit it, in a modern sort of way. Young women dressed up as maiko for the day, couples in traditional wedding costumes being photographed, bars, temples, cobbled stone streets. It's definitely worth the experience.

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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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