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#9 of 1,109 things to do in Kyoto
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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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+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.

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Reminiscence of old Kyoto

We walked from Kiyomizudera temple to here which takes about 15-20 mins stroll. A nice ambiance place, reminding you of old Kyoto & of course, looking out for Geisha/Maikos to... read more

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We walked from Kiyomizudera temple to here which takes about 15-20 mins stroll. A nice ambiance place, reminding you of old Kyoto & of course, looking out for Geisha/Maikos to take pictures. But the restaurants & shops here are quite expensive so do walk further down till you see nice rows of shops selling great food. I would recommend Konchikichin... More 

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We had a drink in one of the bars overlooking the waterway, very nice. A little pricey though. The street goes on and on and it's all about food and bars. We didn't go to one of the gehisha shows but were fortunate to have two of them wonder by us.

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Great atmosphere, good shopping and must see in Kyoto. Plan at least couple of hours there and a dinner near the river. We haven't spotted geisha but it is still very nice place to visit that gives you an understanding of traditional old Kyoto streets.

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I had been really looking forward to Gion but found it decidedly uninteresting, day or night. Lacked character that we found in other parts of Japan like Kamakura

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent more time here than walking around the numouros temple in Kyoto give you a real feel of Japan and if you do this on a Sunday a lot of the locals dress in traditional kimonos . Lovely small streets with numouros traditional shops

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This location is gud for shopping . One of the streets has traditional Japanese restaurant. Food will be served by geisha. If you happen to see a geisha on the streets don't disturb them.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

They have plenty of interesting shops on the main street (Shijo Street), but take the same alleys and you can have some really interesting encounters - saw a stork-like bird guiding a house, spotted two geishas, wispy willow trees I highly recommend a visit to this place - a must see in Kyoto. Also, please don't go crazy just because... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Take the time to walk through the streets of Gion and meet with locals. You will find typicall households, kids playing in the streets, small shops, artisans, restaurants and you might meet with a Geisha at a corner of a street!

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Walking there makes me feel like I'm transport to old Japan. I see the geisha rushing to wherever they need to go to. Dress in their best. No one dare to stop them for a photo opportunity. The shop houses are like those we see in old movies. It makes one feel like time had stood still. Nothing had change.... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Gion is basically an area with narrow streets with a lot of shops and restaurants. They have a lot of variety of goods offered in various cost ranges. Its a must if you want to shop something for yourself or for others. Just even walking around will make you aware of what different amazing things are offered here.

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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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