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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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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.

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Gion is just beautiful to walk around and explore with the gorgeous old buildings and bridges. We walked around for hours taking in the beauty of it all. Clean, safe with... read more

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Livingstone, Zambia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Gion is just beautiful to walk around and explore with the gorgeous old buildings and bridges. We walked around for hours taking in the beauty of it all. Clean, safe with interesting eating establishments and shops with all sorts of Japanese artworks too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Get lost on this neighborhood. Lots of small shops, restaurants and local people just walking around.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My first impression here is a shopping district with lots of shops selling different things and foods and the with lamps hanging at both side of the street.All these are along the main road and you will see more tourists moving up and down and also you will see ladies in Kimono. These ladies wearing Kimono are not all Japanese... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 

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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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.

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Makati, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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

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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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