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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.
Gion has a rich history that I'm not going to go into. But the area is worth checking out, maybe you will glimpse a geisha. If you have read the book Memories of a Geisha you can connect the location to the scenery on the book!
The exhibit of Yoyoi Kusama's art is spectacular. I had never heard of her, but it was recommended by a Japanese friend. The old house, the garden, the pumpkins, the mirror room, and Fuji prints were all great. And there is a wonderful museum cafe for lunch or a pumpkin treat.
I have not been to many temples yet so maybe less jaded than others. I did purchase the audio guide (I don’t speak Japanese) and downloaded the app to go with it. I think that was money well spent. I appreciated the things I saw much more and got more of the Buddhist context that I would have totally missed...
"Worst service experience while in japan (by far)"
reviewed 30 June 2018 by SFKingBoss
Very rude staff. More worried about making sure each person has a separate order (1 order per seat and 1 order per person to use toilet) than anything else. There are far friendlier options which also offer better prices.
This is a local place--not a tourist place--lovely husband and wife operate this tiny restaurant well situated in Gion--very personal--like being in their home--they work hard and deserve high accolades
We went in on a whim and thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were very knowledgeable, communicative (spoke good English) and helpful when it came to the extensive sake menu. It was the first time I tried sake, I tried 4 types and I didn't like any of it but that was just down to personal taste and I appreciated the...
It's true. The hotel is lovely and the service is exceptional indeed (even for the allready high japanese standards). Location and rooms are also great. Would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Kyoto.
We stayed here on our last night in Kyoto to get a “real” ryokan experience. Shiraume it’s on a canal in the Gale District, play famous street where Japanese couples go every day to get wedding photos taken in full kimono. The ryokan itself is a world apart once you step inside the front door. It is expensive, but both...
A lovely hotel for a taste of traditional Japan..tatami mats, slippers, futons and tea ceremonies. The food is exceptional and is served in your room by a kimono-clad member of staff. An immersive experience.
Great location in the heart of Gion...men only place...great facilities...rooftop Jacuzzi and salt spa....3 further pools and sauna inside in communal bathing area...excellent breakfast included..staff very friendly...first time in capsule hotel...beds really comfortable...no problems with noisy guests pop in the earplugs and off you go...great value
Great location, slightly-larger-than-average-for-Japan size room, ok breakfast, good deal for the money, and simply AMAZING staff. Worth the stay for how helpful and friendly the staff were alone. We asked for help getting reservations at a restaurant, and in less than an hour, the staff member helping us got us a seat, and also provided us with printouts of directions...