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Gion

Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 90-5430-7311
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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.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“real geisha” (91 reviews)
“geisha walking” (54 reviews)
“geisha spotting” (36 reviews)
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Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 90-5430-7311
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"real geisha"
in 91 reviews
"geisha walking"
in 54 reviews
"geisha spotting"
in 36 reviews
"narrow streets"
in 94 reviews
"interesting area"
in 41 reviews
"the main street"
in 105 reviews
"traditional japan"
in 40 reviews
"yasaka shrine"
in 78 reviews
"walk around"
in 86 reviews
"lots of shops"
in 41 reviews
"walking tour"
in 49 reviews
"tea house"
in 45 reviews
"nice walk"
in 38 reviews
"tea ceremony"
in 51 reviews
"kyoto station"
in 40 reviews
"maiko"
in 422 reviews
"district"
in 208 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A really different reality from Tokyo: it did seem being in this area to see the old Japan to stay in a Ryocan in Gion for a night can also be e very nice experience.

Thank Paolo P
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A very touristic place because every turist is 'crouching' to take a pic of geishas. The wooden houses and restaurants are beautiful too. Besides, it's near many shops and shrines.

Thank DOLPHINAAR
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We never actually ate dinner here but walked through daily and every evening from our hotel, lots of the restaurants were closed until 5pm, it was always a great walk for people watching and we saw (tourists) in kimmonos every time we walked through.

Thank Andrew B
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice to walk around this nice heritage town. Plenty of food and small shops to wander and visit. The small streets, greens with parks and temples makes the place wonderfully quaint and peaceful. Even in Summer this place is nice to walk and enjoy the...More

Thank William C
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We didn't have any plans and purpose but just walked around this area given we had serval hours. We were like in another century, A must visit in Kyoto.

Thank TerenceT
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We didn’t see any Geisha, but this area is extremely interesting with its wooden buildings and somewhat secretive narrow entrances. Huge amount of very exclusive tiny restaurants some only seating only small numbers at the bar. Others with private rooms. Most of the prices were...More

Thank Wayne N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went during the day. Lots of vehicular traffic, with police directing pedestrians to the sides of the street. No geishas in sight. Try the night.

Thank Monty S
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited the Gion district and learned a lot about the Geiko traditions. Fascinating and impressive what they go through to become a professional Geiko

Thank Alyce F
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love walking around this place! Beautiful buildings! We manage to see geishas after dinner! Our waiting around and walking around was worth it.

Thank geraldine v
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The place takes you back in time and you are amazed of its beauty at every step of the way. Simply amazing... Not to be missed.

Thank Ariana Briena G
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Gion
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
...More
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Fionadancepants
3 April 2018|
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Response from Amarys R | Reviewed this property |
It depends. Some are open until 9:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. But people are out late no matter what. Street lights are bright.
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Fionadancepants
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 ?
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Suneri M
12 March 2018|
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Response from Likes2travel_13 | Reviewed this property |
We went to the 7-8 story of a shopping mall near Gion. Look for department stores. All have a restaurant or buffets or even tens of different independent ramen or bakeries. I didn’t see a buffet, but food is good and... More
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