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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.
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We went when they had lanterns on many of the streets. I am not sure how often they do that but it made the streets even more beautiful. The architecture is amazing and with the glow of the lanterns it really had an amazing effect....More
I was in a lot of places around the world. and I've never been in place similar to Gion.
It's the kind of place that takes your breath away, a magical place full of culture, heritage, history, architecture, and very spiritual.
You can spend a...More
I recommend reading Memoirs of a Geisha before visiting to get the full atmosphere. I had discovered a guided walk map on the internet which took us down a very narrow alley, and round a very od area of Gion where reputedly at night you...More
We had a tour with Duncan Flett of the Gion area and it was incredible. We saw so many Maikos (apprentice geisha) and Geikos (professional geisha). Their silk dresses, makeup and hair are all perfectly done. Learned so much from Duncan on this tour.
Gion is a wonderful place, but its also a case of the tourist making the place more 'Authentic' than it really is. haha.
Beautiful kimono everywhere and you would be forgiven for thinking you have fallen through a time warp. NO. Look closely and you...More
Kyoto is such a lovely and varied city with so much to see and do that the four days we were there was not long enough. The Gion disctrict is surely a must see on any tourist itinerary which is why it is so busy...More
Gion is an intersting area in Kyoto, traditionally the Geisha district (or Geiko in Local Kyoto). From their height of over 3000 Geisha in Kyoto there is now apparently less than 100. You may be suprised to see Women in Kimono everywhere, but there is...More
Gion is a pretty walk - to be sure - but it's really not much more than a tourist area replete with craft stores and food vendors.
The odds of you seeing an actual geisha are about zero. The odds of seeing any of the...More
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.