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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
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed April 9, 2008

Gion is a quaint little section of Kyoto within walking distance from Clearwater temple. In the day, there is a little bazaar selling all sorts of Japanese munchies such as sotong, hot dog, okinomiyaki, beefstew, takoyaki, etc. During the Cherry Blossom season, there are many...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

What is it with all these gentlemen's clubs / girls bars etc? It's kind of surprising (at least to me) to see that this area is really packed with thesse kind of bars. It might even be difficult to find a "classical" bar there...

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Reviewed today via mobile

This place have a lot of shop, restaurant and cafe. You can find branded product here and many good food

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Good area to shop, dine & take beautiful pictures. Enjoyed our dinner overseeing the river. A bit disappointed we did not spot any geisha though there are so many people wearing the kimonos on the street.

Thank JorinGoh
Reviewed 2 days ago

We walked around after dinner and saw at least 7 geisha/maiko. They walked really fast. Out of respect, I recommend staying further away, watching with your eyes and not cameras. They were beautifully dressed and walked with grace. Unless you plan on going eating there,...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a delight to wander around Gion. I highly recommend wandering in the early evening as the lights upon the old streets and houses make for a very romantic setting. Restaurant wise there is everything from the ultra expensive to the cheap and cheerful depending...More

Thank NorthWardTownsville
Reviewed 4 days ago

Too crowded. In any case, it's still very much worth going because the sights are really pretty, but be prepared. This is a good place to end at in a Higashiyama itinerary. Try to visit around 4 pm and locate the preserved streets, they're especially...More

Thank kiloechoren
Reviewed 4 days ago

While in Kyoto it is hard to avoid Gion District. Even I spent much time looking for the geiko or maiko on or off the job. They seem to blend when not working but can't missed when heading for an engagement.

Thank Warner L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited here at half 6, I thought it would be too late however we saw 5 geisha on their way to appointments. I loved seeing them in full costume however there were lots of people shouting and chasing them with cameras in their faces....More

Thank 848sarahl
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is an atmospheric area to stroll through at night with lots of bars and restaurants. We saw geisha on a number of occasions walking along Hanamikoji Dori, which was really special. We preferred this area to Pontocho, which was very crowded.

Thank Wombling_Free_7548
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I won’t tell you the best time to see Geisha here as there are already enough tourists. There are times during the year when the geisha perform for the public and we just missed the show yesterday. Good to plan ahead and always have your...More

Thank richardgG1237GW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a must see for most tourists in Kyoto. Spanned a few streets but the main street was the busiest - lots of tourists. Turn into the smaller streets to get a good view of the teahouses. Did not manage to see any geishas...More

Thank LSiJie
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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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October 14, 2018|
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Response from Alison S | Reviewed this property |
You certainly won't feel out of place. There are a huge number of hire places for kimono and yukata. Quite a number of young Japanese were dressed in yukata durign August.
April 3, 2018|
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Response from Autumn_Russell | Reviewed this property |
From my experience, most stores around Japan are open until 10pm every day of the week. Restaurants & food places will often stay open until about 11..
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 ?