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“...so crowded ”
Review of Gion

Ranked #41 of 1,390 things to do in Kyoto
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

After many visits to Kyoto we were awfully surprised by the overcrowded streets and alleys of Gion this time.
It seems to collapse under thousands of tourists. Behaviour of tourists has worsened so people keep on barging and pushing...seems to be the opposite of what one would expect in a typical Japanese surrounding.

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Reiseriek
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Gion is the old part of Kyoto and very picturesque indeed in spite of the many tourists/travellers. Therer are lots of little alley ways and small shops where one can browse and often they are frequented by Japanese, such as the small specialsit shop only selling purses and clutches and bags of all shapes and sizes. id one is fortunate one might espy a Geisha or Maiko ( apprentice Geisha) The Kitano Tenmangu shrine in Gion is popular with school children and students who come here to pray for good exam results. For this reason there are many statues of cows dotted around the shrine grounds which are regarded as being exceptionally wise animals. All in all it is well worth allowing oneself a few hours to soak up the atmosphere here

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Hitchcock2
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Nice streets with many small Japanese style houses. Also a lot of restaurants, some very expensive! A easy place to go around with a baby trolley. However it is crowded with people ( but it is not in Japan ?)

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank milinip
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

I visited Gion many times during my stay in Kyoto. Everywhere you look there is something beautiful to see. It is the best place to soak up the atmosphere of old Kyoto. Important places to see include the following. The shops on Shijo Dori. The canal and wooden buildings on Shinbashi Dori. Yasaka Shrine. The lovely buildings and occasional maiko on Hanamikoji Dori (and all the tourists). The long walk up to Kiyomizudera along Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka. And then there are all of the temples, shops, bars and entertainments.

One evening I walked along Hanamikoji Dori and it was crowded with tourists from all over the world. Any sighting of maiko or geisha led to an undignified scramble to take photos. Then, as dusk fell, the tourists dispersed and the lanterns were lit. Gion transformed as totally as the theme park in Spirited Away.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Dave_Cowley_Road
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Gion, like Dotombori in Osaka, is a n area full of restaurants. In the daytime, some of the side streets looked as though they would be enchanting by night. However, the red lanterns and other lighting were very subdued so the effect was a little disappointing.
The restaurants seemed of better quality than those in Dotombori and the one we chose, while requiring a 15 minute wait, was pleasant, had nice food and plenty of atmosphere.

This is definitely the area to go to in Kyoto for a wide variety of dining options.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Brianturkey
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