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“A glimpse of olden Japan” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Gion
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Gion Walking Tour by Night
Ranked #10 of 1,010 things to do in Kyoto
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Owner description: 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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“A glimpse of olden Japan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

If you are into culture and olden lifestyle, this is a must! You could spend 1-3 hours just roaming around the street and sometimes walk up to the shrines/temples nearby.

Visited December 2013
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“Wonderful area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

You can sight see, shop, eat, and look for geishas. The area is very clean and safe. Take time to walk up and down the streets. I saw one maiko coming out of a store and heading to a teahouse (I followed her and took photos) about 8pm.

Visited July 2014
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“Must come here when you're in Kyoto”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

You have to come here when you're in Kyoto.
Make sure you know the way to reach the place, cause apparently there's another "Gion" in Kyoto.

Visited April 2014
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North Hollywood
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“Gion - Visit if you have a couple of hours free”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Gion is a fun to walk around. Mostly restaurants and tea houses. The Geisha do not normally walk around. On occassion you may catch a glimpse or if there is a wedding or event. The tea houses are private so unless arrangements have been made, it is difficult to go to one.
But, You can get a made up and rent a kimono and become a geisha for a few hours at one of the specialty stores, you may see more of this than actual geishas, just so you know if you are going specifically to see a authentic geisha or maiko. The area has some great restaurants several on the pricey side but the walk is nice with authentic store fronts from a era gone by. and if you walk at dusk, the lit lanterns are lovely.

Visited June 2014
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“Gion at night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

We were lucky to be in Kyoto during Gion Mayuri festival in July. Spent one evening roaming the streets of Gion. Main road was shut down to pedestrian traffic only. Watching huge crowds on street felt like it was as spectacular as watching Times Square crowds on New Years Eve. People everywhere.Many Japanese sporting yukatas and getas. Caught glimpse of 3 geisha crossing street. We headed to Potoncho for dinner. After looking at all the menus posted on the street, we settled on restaurant overlooking the Kamogawa River. Had an excellent Kaiseki dinner for under $30 per person.Glad we wandered into Gion for the evening.

Visited July 2014
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