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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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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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Nice stroll

Great for a stroll but like many places in Kyoto is very busy, even though it wasn't quite peak season. I'm glad we visited but if I were to return to Kyoto I possibly would miss... read more

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Caerleon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great for a stroll but like many places in Kyoto is very busy, even though it wasn't quite peak season. I'm glad we visited but if I were to return to Kyoto I possibly would miss it off my itinerary.

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Sure, its got Edo-era buildings in its streets thats nice. Sure there's a bunch of souvenir shops on the main street (which dont have the old buildings). But apart from that, not much. Restaurants in the most popular Edo-era section are overpriced (please avoid unless you're an ignorant tourist who dont know better). Most of the stuff you can buy... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Once you have found Gion it is a nice area. There are old houses and no doubt there is some fabulous restaurants. However it was not the highlight of our 8 day stay in Kyoto. It is all too easy to stray into the bright lights of the main street near the river and have to fight off the crowds.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We came here with our Kyoto free walking tour guide. It is simply surreal to see Gion. It a must see area and you should visit here during the day and in the evening. Try joining the free tour and you will learn more about Gion and Japan culture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

if you whant to know more about the hisrory of JAPAN this is a good place. still alive even aftef 1000 years, great,dont forget to visit it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A lovely neighborhood. You can have the feeling of old Japan. We visited in the evening and it was great. Charming and soft illumination in the streets. Here you can have the possibility of seeing a Geisha (not easy).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had planned to join a walking tour group but got there too late and missed the start. We did listen in for a few minutes when we ran into the tour group a little later - it was rather long-winded, boring and difficult to understand, so we did our own wandering. This area is all about trying to catch... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Though it is very touristic, it has a nice ambience, and the small you could see gaishas walking around. Very nice restaurant and coffee shops in the area. You could also cross the bridge and there are a lot of bars and restaurants.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Came here a little later at night and most of the places had closed. However there were plenty of traditional buildings and the lighting really gave a feel of classical Kyoto. Recommend coming here before dark.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A trip to Kyoto without be the same without visiting Gion and seeing its old tea-houses, restaurants and walk along Shirakawa river and see the colourful lights in the evening. It is also embarrassing to see how tourists chasing geishas who walk on Gion streets like amateur paparazzi in order to get photo opportunity.

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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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