We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor


Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Phone Number: +81 90-5430-7311

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.

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Gion Walking Tour by Night
More Info
and up
Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto
More Info
and up
Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour including Traditional Japanese Snacks and Drinks

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 4,283 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 1087
  • 856
    Very good
  • 296
  • 45
  • 12
A great place for shopping

Tons of little shops with all kinds of interesting things from trinkets made in Japan to food and beverages of all sorts. Definitely worth a visit while you are doing your... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed today
Hong Kong, China
Add Photo Write a Review

4,283 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 2,296: English reviews
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
94 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Tons of little shops with all kinds of interesting things from trinkets made in Japan to food and beverages of all sorts. Definitely worth a visit while you are doing your walking tours around the temples.

Thank Eud
Athens, Greece
Level Contributor
255 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had higher expectations for this neighborhood that everybody has talked about. But, as I visited Kanazawa and Takayama before getting to Kyoto, Gion looked very touristy and definitely lacking the serene atmosphere of the previous two places. Not to mention taxis dropping off passengers, local cars with loud music (first time we saw this in Japan) and definitely not... More 

Thank SophiaK
Santa Clara, California
Level Contributor
269 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

lots of nice looking restaurants and shops. We were there specifically at 515pm to see if we could see any Geishas, and we did! They usually have some paparazzi hanging around waiting for them, so it is easy to find a good spot to wait for them also. They walk fast, and do not pose for pictures.

Thank Kelsey1976
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was such an amazing experience. We saw a real geisha hurrying from one place to another and went to a geisha show which was epic too. You have to come here end experience it.

Thank Istvan B
Makati, Philippines
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Gion is a very interesting place which shows Japan of many years ago. The small alleys and houses are not found in many places in Japan nowadays. This place is worth exploring.

Thank 719cristina
Lexington, Kentucky
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I would love to thank all the staff at AYA and a special thanks to Saki the make up artist and Yuki the Photographer I had a maiko makeover which is one of the best experiences of my life Anyone reading this post and thinking of having a make over will not be disappointed Thanks again Christine

Thank Christine M
Macau, China
Level Contributor
109 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This area reminds of me so much of a Miyazaki movie! like the Spirited Away movie! Old part of Japan, lots of people wearing and renting kimonos, definitely a connection to the old Japan.

Thank BelindaCarvalho
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
358 reviews
222 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This pretty area is fairly centrally located, so it's worth strolling through whenever you happen to be nearby - it's very pretty and has different vibes at different times of day. The restaurants in the famous area by the canal are very expensive, but there are lots of cheap and surprisingly good restaurants nearby. Unfortunately I didn't see any geisha,... More 

Thank empress_cherry
London, England, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
97 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't come to Kyoto and forget to go for a walk around the Gion district. The main draw for many is trying to spot a Geiko and we certainly saw a few whilst on a recent visit. In addition, the area is full of character and history with things to spot and interesting craft shops down many of the narrow... More 

Thank Ian E
Grosseto, Italy
Level Contributor
176 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This district is simply wonderful. Low, original wooden houses with many good restaurant. Walking in narrow ways you will have the sensation to live like people was used to live here in the past. It's not rare to see girls dressed like geisha. Unmissable.

Thank Ciopman

Travellers who viewed Gion also viewed

Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture

Been to Gion? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Gion and other visitors
15 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (15)

Questions? Get answers from Gion staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Gion

Neighbourhood Profile
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.
Explore this neighbourhood