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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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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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Great shopping & food shops

There are a lot of food shops along the inner streets of Gion, on the main street is shopping and more food places. Here is the best place to walk around in your kimono and have... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Was looking forward to seeing this iconic place but was disappointed. Full of shops (overpriced) and nothing more. The only place I liked was on the back streets. If you have time, you can go see it.

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Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are a lot of food shops along the inner streets of Gion, on the main street is shopping and more food places. Here is the best place to walk around in your kimono and have that old school Geisha era feeling.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the finest way to discover Kyoto is to take a walk from Yasaka jinja to Kiyomizu dera through Gion. You'll find something great in each corner, Souvenir shops are plenty. You may see some Maikos.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Gion is a nice break from the usual business of the inner cities. This area provides great historical attractions, souvenir shops and small eateries. There are also awesome bars (karaoke as well). These aren't obvious from street view, just watch for the signs on buildings. You can walk pretty much everywhere, we also hired bikes for a day which was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The bricked streets are lined with old wooden houses to give a traditional feel to the neighbourhood. All the buildings seem to be in use as restaurants, hotels or shops. We were there at night and it looked like if the red lanterns are lit the the shop is open. Nice place to wander but the restaurants here looked a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Gion is where old Japan can be savoured, albeit it, in a modern sort of way. Young women dressed up as maiko for the day, couples in traditional wedding costumes being photographed, bars, temples, cobbled stone streets. It's definitely worth the experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were only able to make it to Gion at night, however the darkness did not take away from the magic that exists within the streets, buildings and walls. Gion is nothing like it used to be (and the term Red-Light District should be taken loosely here, as Gion was never like the modern-day RLDs), however one can see and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely amazing place, which gives a great insight into old Japan. I'd definitely recommend this above more temples (which start to look pretty similar after a while)...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I really wanted to see Geisha, just a glimpse would have been suffice, but I'm convinced they seldom roam freely around this district, why would they with 'zillions' of tourists out there trying to spot them as well! Aside from this it is a beautiful well preserved area that must be seen in Kyoto. Just wander around (try hard not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We took a local bus in the early evening and found a nice spot for dinner. As the evening went on we saw more and more geisha walking around , amazing, very secretive. Some beautiful old buildings. A must do

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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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