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I was booked into Pension Gion on very short notice as I failed to plan ahead for accomodation, and most places are fully booked in cherry blossom season. My room was pretty standard; Japanese style bed, average size, everything clean and working.
The receptionist/owner does...More
It was more like an apartment than a hotel. It was about 12000 yen/nite for a twin room but the room was extremely small, even by Japanese standards. Once we put down our suitcases, we literally didn’t have extra room to walk. The room’s nice...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.