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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.
Gion corner is famous for it's Geisha's / Geiko's and so attracts a sea of people, both local and foreign - every day. The busiest and best time to visit is between 17:30 and 18:30 as this is when the geisha will be en route...More
We walked this area around 5-6 on a Japanese holiday weekend, so it was packed with tourists, including lots and lots of locals. It was fun to see the local women in thier traditional kimonos and the men in thier traditional garb(not sure what to...More
A tourist trap. Tourists dressed up in traditional Japanese clothings taking selfies and photos in front of Japanese structures. No real Geisha in sight. All restaurants are expansive. The alleys are quieter but also nothing to see. Stop by if you have time but not...More
A must see area of Kyoto.
There are lots of back streets containing old style Japanese houses and streets. It’s really quaint, full of shrines and you also see Geishas walking the streets or in the cafes, buses etc, going about there normal lives.
The traditional area of Gion is famed for it's Geisha Girls and at night it has a slight edgey feel to it, but is nonetheless fascinating for it. In the evening you have more focus on the people that the architecture, Through the day the...More
Chose to do a Gion night walk with my husband. Had a terrific time. Very econmical and open to just showing up at the preassigned meeting point. Two separate guides were available so that the group that arrived could be divided in two (about 10-12...More
Well, this is a Japanese tradition involving a non sexual evening with “business companions”- difficult for us to even comprehend. One can stand in the street and see the famous tea houses. Maybe see a client arrive or depart. Other than that, .....meh.
While this primarily an evening district, a walk through Gion by day is also worthwhile. There is a feel of older times as you walk down the streets of traditional houses. Polite policemen direct the traffic efficiently so that you an walk safely. There are...More
A beautiful and fascinating neighborhood to walk through. I recommend booking a tour or doing your research beforehand so you can appreciate the history of this area. Please be respectful of the people working - particularly the maiko and geiko. We started our morning here...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.
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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
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 reasonable!