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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” (92 reviews)
“geisha walking” (53 reviews)
“geisha spotting” (38 reviews)
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Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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"real geisha"
in 92 reviews
"geisha walking"
in 53 reviews
"geisha spotting"
in 38 reviews
"interesting area"
in 41 reviews
"narrow streets"
in 93 reviews
"the main street"
in 107 reviews
"traditional japan"
in 41 reviews
"yasaka shrine"
in 79 reviews
"walk around"
in 89 reviews
"lots of shops"
in 41 reviews
"walking tour"
in 49 reviews
"tea house"
in 45 reviews
"nice walk"
in 38 reviews
"cherry blossoms"
in 36 reviews
"tea ceremony"
in 54 reviews
"kyoto station"
in 42 reviews
"maiko"
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Reviewed today

Firstly, if you're gonna go here go in the evening, it's the best time you can get that really 'japanese feeling'. Very nice for an evening stroll. There's some traditional restaurants etc. here, but there's not actually much to look at/do except for the streets...More

Thank Amblin K
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Reviewed yesterday

a place where one can see a real old style Japanese living and enjoy the food day and night. Expect waiting time for 30- 45 minutes in some reataurants.

Thank kaungwynn
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Was lucky enough to see the beautiful and proud maikos. If you are as well, please be respectful. No staring or pictures.

Thank Olga G
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Very close to modern shopping streets and suddently you are 150 years ago, surrended by traditional wooden houses. We try to see any geisha without success. Anyway there are many beautiful narrow streets to visit. We recommand it

Thank Pascal J
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Very interesting district, especially when it’s getting dark! Nice place for a stroll, but beware of the cars: the main street at first gives an impression of being pedestrian but actually it’s not)

Thank CatherineBulg
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The old and ancient quarter of Gion has many small winding streets ,old houses and home to the Mystifying Geisha-geiko ladies of art/music/leisure , if you are able to see the true Geisha walking around mainly after dusk you are lucky and they try not...More

Thank mickknap
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Gion is charming and historic and filled with restaurants and bars .The area around the Shirakawa canal is particularly picturesque . The streets lit with lanterns are beautiful and atmospheric but I observed some tourists behaving a little like crazed paparazzi , lining narrow streets...More

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gion is an area of Kyoto dating to the 1400s, offering an authentic Japanese experience for tourists. As you navigate the stone streets and crowded passageways, the shrines and temples along the way are the main draw. But between these structures are hundreds of teahouses,...More

Thank WilliamWillieWilson
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Before we left on our trip I knew that I would love Kyoto, and that Gion was where I wanted to start. You will walk through Gion to the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, but be sure to stop and taste some local sweets and enjoy the shops....More

1  Thank TerLem
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of my favourite things to do in Japan was to stroll through the streets. The Gion area is simply charming and the perfect place to explore slowly. We enjoyed looking at the small shops and entering the museums. If you're lucky, you might spot...More

Thank Ila17alhmd
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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 Areyes279 | 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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