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Hanamikoji Street

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Address: Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
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Typical Kyoto Machiya (Traditional Wooden Houses)

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Jolene08
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank YSL88
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 

Thank mabei0123
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.

Thank jackmoore93
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.

Thank Spoonermomma1
Singapore, Singapore
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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

Thank Lovewinter2013
Singapore, Singapore
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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.

Thank mrdom
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

To me this is the high end Kyoto style food dining and each person can easily rack up 5000-6000 for dinner. Most are set meal ranging from omakase to shabu shabu we had an awesome time at juni something 5 years ago and unfortunately when we went there today it was closed early really bummer but we will try back... More 

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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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