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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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+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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a walk in the ancient streets of Gion

Kyoto in the morning is amazing Kyoto in the afternoon is amazing Kyoto in the evening is amazing Gion is a place where to go when you arrive in town from far Europe Gion... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Kyoto in the morning is amazing Kyoto in the afternoon is amazing Kyoto in the evening is amazing Gion is a place where to go when you arrive in town from far Europe Gion turns your head Couples jn traditional kimonos Temples sushi bar Udon bar Noodles bar Amazing walk

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Golden Shrine Kyoto It was raining on that day. I picked the wrong day to visit because it was also Japanese student visit to the Shrine. It was crowded with people. Luckily HK people queued up for taking pictures, and messy and noisy crowds were not there. It is a MUST see scenery. The Golden Shrine shines even if it... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The whole place is packed with amazing sceneries, temples, gardens, trees, geishas. Everything is simply amazing. I walked there back and forth not willing to leave. there is nothing more authentic to me. especially if you get to make the custom tea ceremony. It is a must see in Kyoto.

Thank MohammedAhassan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We wandered around here one night after dinner. It was pretty quiet in the evening, and we happened to stumble across a pair of geisha's as they went from one restaurant to another with their 'sponsor' which was fascinating to see.

Thank sean e
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

By day this is a nice historic area of Kyoto, but at night it takes on a whole new and vibrant atmosphere that is worth exploring. Easy to get lost in the back streets, but at no time did I feel threatened or at risk - worth taking the unknown turn to find a new place to eat or drink.

Thank Luke B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place has many wonderful restaurants so it is a great place to visit; however, walking the streets of Gion, is an adventure in itself. beautiful, quiet, you can feel the history and if you are lucky as we were, you will get to see geisha (be respectful, no pictures!)

Thank Kasia Z
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This was our first night out in Kyoto, we had a great time strolling the tiny backstreets in search of new discoveries.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Honestly, for me this old part of Kyoto was a bit disappointing. Reading about it I was expecting a visit to an old traditional Japanese town and although they small alleys do have old houses the main street of Gion is very ordinary, full of restaurants and shops catering to visitors and tourists. We enjoyed our walk in the small... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the old part of town with a great number of fine shops, restaurants, bars, theaters, shrines and historical places to visit. Fun for the whole family. Here you can walk, cycle or run by the river, or have dinner from 500 to over 20000 yen per person. It's all here. The area is served by buses, taxies and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed Gion, is a must to get the feel of Kyoto, we found good food and great sight seen. Really nice walk. We run into a local newlyweds that where taking pictures of them and it was interesting to see her dress and how they are so respectful to everyone.

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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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