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Hanamikoji Street

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Address: Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Traditional walking street in Kyoto

There are many traditional timber houses on both sides of the street including a few high class tea houses. Normally you can find lots of tourists around but occasionally you can... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are many traditional timber houses on both sides of the street including a few high class tea houses. Normally you can find lots of tourists around but occasionally you can get hold of some good photo opportunity with a few ladies in geisha walking leisurely along the tree-lined street. We have been to this place before and opined that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

An attractive street located in the heart of Kyoto. The traditional wooden houses along the street makes it extremely charming. By the way we took part of our pre-wedding photos there! This street can be really crowded at any time of the day as it is the tourist season now. Anyway, there is a newly opened Hermes store there and... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Hanamikoji street attracts tourists with its high concentration of traditional wooden merchant houses. It was crowded with tourist when we were there in the evening. However, we were still able to immersed ourselves in the atmosphere. We were lucky to see two Geisha along the street.

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Tsukuba, Japan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This street is now famous even among foreign visitors as the old Geisha street and many people come here to take photo with the Geisha girls. I see some people chase the poor girls down the street like paparazzi, but please don't do that. If you want to see Geisha, there are places like Gion Corner and Gion Kobu Kaburenjo... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

This is one of those areas which must be walked around early in the morning and really late at night as all the other times it is too crowded with tourists. Get your camera ready because you will no doubt get some great pictures of traditional Gion here.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Caught the 206 bus to Gion from Kyoto Station. Go left as you get off the bus and turn right at the next main road Shijo Dori. You can't miss it there is a huge shrine opposite. Walk down this street and you will come across a street on the left hand side Hanamikoji-Dori street. Lots of old style Japanese... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

Pretty street back in time. So clean! No geisha though. Just a peaceful walk in the Gion district. I would walk through to zen temple and gardens Kennin-ji Temple. So pretty.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016

Nice interesting place, lots of things to see, a nice place to take good photographs and had a good beef meal for dinner

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

This is supposed to be the old geisha street but I didn't see any geishas. The entire street is overcrowded with lots of tourists. Some of the building were really nice and if you go into the small alleys then its much quieter.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

It's the old geisha street. I didn't see any but I did see lots of beautiful old buildings amidst the tourists and cars. A lot of restaurants, mostly high end. The Gion area generally is nice for a walk.

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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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