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Address: Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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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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Spent more time here than walking around the numouros temple in Kyoto give you a real feel of Japan and if you do this on a Sunday a lot of the locals dress in traditional kimonos... read more

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Spent more time here than walking around the numouros temple in Kyoto give you a real feel of Japan and if you do this on a Sunday a lot of the locals dress in traditional kimonos . Lovely small streets with numouros traditional shops

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This location is gud for shopping . One of the streets has traditional Japanese restaurant. Food will be served by geisha. If you happen to see a geisha on the streets don't disturb them.

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They have plenty of interesting shops on the main street (Shijo Street), but take the same alleys and you can have some really interesting encounters - saw a stork-like bird guiding a house, spotted two geishas, wispy willow trees I highly recommend a visit to this place - a must see in Kyoto. Also, please don't go crazy just because... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Take the time to walk through the streets of Gion and meet with locals. You will find typicall households, kids playing in the streets, small shops, artisans, restaurants and you might meet with a Geisha at a corner of a street!

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Walking there makes me feel like I'm transport to old Japan. I see the geisha rushing to wherever they need to go to. Dress in their best. No one dare to stop them for a photo opportunity. The shop houses are like those we see in old movies. It makes one feel like time had stood still. Nothing had change.... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Gion is basically an area with narrow streets with a lot of shops and restaurants. They have a lot of variety of goods offered in various cost ranges. Its a must if you want to shop something for yourself or for others. Just even walking around will make you aware of what different amazing things are offered here.

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was lucky to have stayed at a hostel in the Gion region. These quaint and peaceful streets seemed to resonate with traditional Japanese vibes. The style of the buildings were very nice to look at. There were several shops and restaurants, although they were more on the expensive side so I didn't try them out. It is just across... More 

Thank Conrad F
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Lovely area with lots to do, whether your priorities are to shop, eat or to simply absorb the culture. Very crowded, but less so when you avoid shijo avenue and head down the very pretty little alleys. Huge selection of small restaurants and bars. Lots of kimono clad locals and tourists. Very interesting.

Thank Sarah C
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The narrow streets and quaint buildings remind you of old world Japan. Japanese young women walk around the streets in their rented kimonos which lends more authenticity. Loved it

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I went to see all the traditional dressing and houses in japan, I think I went too early because only saw a couple of girls in their kimonos and most places were, had no luck seeing geishas, try going in the late afternoon, but a very nice place, there are places that the girls can be dressed as geishas and... More 

Thank Fredy R

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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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