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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.
Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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All reviews real geisha geisha walking geisha spotting interesting area narrow streets the main street traditional japan yasaka shrine walk around lots of shops walking tour tea house nice walk tea ceremony kyoto station maiko district
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Reviewed today

Well worth the visit. I enjoyed hiking the back alleyways and admiring the old tea houses. I just love old Japan, and here you will find it.

Thank Tropicsunset
Reviewed today via mobile

small side alleys, shops, department stores, wooden houses, high rise, temples, shrines, .. you got it all within walking distance. take some time to wonder around, day and night.

Thank bwoe
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

It was very interesting to wander these streets and see the many old tea houses and boarding houses of the maiko You can recognize the tea house by its metal plate in the corner on the front of the house and the boarding house has...More

Thank SGC60
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A wonderful way to enjoy a city with a 3 year old and an 18 month old. You will be delighted by both the cultural immersion and the Autumn foliage.

Thank LeesaSoulodre
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't be fooled into thinking you will see either Maiko or Geico wandering around these alleyways. You will be really lucky if you do see either. In the area many of the girls wear kimonos (the hire of these is big business) so it's often...More

2  Thank foxylady23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gion is filled with Japanese culture and it’s so lovely to see many people dresses in Kimono walking along the streets. The shops are pretty. Gion is a gorgeous place.

1  Thank greenerie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely setting but is inundated with tourists. Makes it difficult to walk and take in the setting. Signs have been erected telling people not to grab/touch the geisha...kinda says it all.

Thank suzannej622
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved exploring the beautiful alleys of Gion. Seeing the Geico and Maiko was like seeing unicorns. Magical.

Thank Jeff H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

lovely part of Old Kyoto, very traditional and intact since Kyoto was not bombed in WWII Abounds with small restaurants, and Geishas on their way to work in the evening(6:00 on) can be spotted in the streets. They do not want to be confronted and...More

Thank ali l
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place have a lot of shop, restaurant and cafe. You can find branded product here and many good food

Thank peteraD2850FA
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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
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15 October 2018|
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Response from Alison S | Reviewed this property |
You certainly won't feel out of place. There are a huge number of hire places for kimono and yukata. Quite a number of young Japanese were dressed in yukata durign August.
3 April 2018|
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Response from Autumn_Russell | Reviewed this property |
From my experience, most stores around Japan are open until 10pm every day of the week. Restaurants & food places will often stay open until about 11..
3 April 2018|
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Response from MoDiToO | Reviewed this property |
In general they stay pretty late. May I know what kind of store are looking for to try to answer more specifically ?