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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.
Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 90-5430-7311
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank Sue M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

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

Thank HeidelbergSummer
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Gion’s backstreets of Kyoto - small alleys of traditional Japanese houses as well as temples and shrines as well as people Geiko spotting! Crowded with tourists all the time!

Thank glennharrold
Reviewed 3 days ago

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

Thank FYL003
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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. Overall...More

Thank Alex L
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank I H
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank psicokitty
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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.

Thank breggie
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Jackie W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Thank madlikemercury
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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
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April 3, 2018|
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Response from Amarys R | Reviewed this property |
It depends. Some are open until 9:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. But people are out late no matter what. Street lights are bright.
April 3, 2018|
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Response from MoDiToO | Reviewed this property |
In general they stay pretty late. May I know what kind of store are looking for to try to answer more specifically ?
March 12, 2018|
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Response from Likes2travel_13 | Reviewed this property |
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