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Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 90-5430-7311
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USD 9.05*
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Gion Walking Tour by Night
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Kimono and Yukata Experience in Kyoto
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Small-group Kyoto Walking Tour including Traditional Japanese Snacks and Drinks
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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.
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“tea houses” (147 reviews)
“geisha spotting” (37 reviews)
“real geisha” (81 reviews)
Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
+81 90-5430-7311
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Found it interesting to see a preserved street from the Edo period but beyond that, didn't think much of it, in and out in 5 minutes.

Thank Daniel G
Reviewed 3 days ago

The Gion neighbourhood was a beautiful place to visit and walk through. It is worthy of a visit both in the daytime and after dark. The canal and river setting, the old low-rise buildings, and narrow streets really to recall an earlier era in Japan....More

Thank ottawa-resident
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lots of interesting streets with shops and restaurants galore. This is the former geisha area. Easy to get around too. Easy to get lost as well.

Thank Lawrence2300
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Gion is the cutest place - full of traditional buildings and old Japanese culture. You'll see many people in traditional kimono here - and if you're lucky you might see a Geisha too! There are many places to eat here. Gion also has a large...More

Thank Lisa C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Gion is a classic traditional Japanese town with beautiful temples gardens ponds and people it is so peaceful and tranquil

Thank Amanda63_12
Reviewed 5 days ago

They said this is the best place to find a true, working geisha. Could have been a perfect short journey in Kyoto if we did discover one. Our tired legs (including our 79-year old mother) couldn't endure another long walk and patiently wait. Better luck...More

Thank ECLadines
Reviewed 6 days ago

Charming street with lots of unique shops....food, ice cream, clothing and ceramics....and gift items. I enjoyed looking at the interesting craftsman ship of the various things. A pleasant way to spend the afternoon.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even after visiting several old structured villages or places in central Japan, I am still impressed with the atmosphere in Gion. The structure of the old houses are interesting to look at. Just strolling around the area is an enjoyment even it was crowded. The...More

Thank Ed_Mississauga
Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe we didn't explore too much, or we might have missed what had to be visited. But, by what we had seen, GION Kyoto is nothing much to rave about. Not too much around, and really much to crow about. True, there were lasses in...More

Thank Henry L
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very traditional part of Kyoto but sadly becoming very touristy with paparazzi type tourists chasing after Geikos & Maikos taking photos of them in a very intrusive way despite the signs telling you not to. Wander down the quieter back streets & visit the...More

Thank IslandMichele007
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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Robby Y
2 July 2017|
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Response from Tatjana K | Reviewed this property |
In front of Kyoto Station’s north exit there is Kyoto City Bus service number 100 from bus stop D1, or Kyoto City Bus service number 206 from bus stop D2. Both are very regular and make several departures each hour. The... More
Robby Y
2 July 2017|
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Response from Ayako I | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you can ride bus but if you are not good enough Japanese speaker, I recommend to use Taxi. Because bus does not have English announce. Some of special taxi drivers have multi lingual skill. You can get the kind of... More
22 June 2017|
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Response from saidahj | Reviewed this property |
For ryokan we paid around 250$ per night I guess. Was awesome. If ur on budget than check hotels. Ryokans are more expensive.