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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
+81 90-5430-7311
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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 via mobile

The area full with old house and atmosphere of late back Kyoto. Peoples like wearing kimono or yukata and walking in the town especially this area. Nice location where you can find and touch the feelings of old japanese houses and buildings. Many shops, restaurants,...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

Nice area to walk around especially in the evening. Lots of local restaurants in this area. It’s definitely much busier street during the day.

Thank brucewaynemanor
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Gion area has many streets to walk around. You can also find some nice cafes and shops. I found it to be more quiet that the temples and gardens we visited ib Kyoto. The most special part for me was seeing real geishas! The thing...More

Thank SummerDaysPh
Reviewed 3 days ago

walked through here on the way to our Cookery class ( highly recommended). Lots of traditional old houses and also known as the Geisha area - many genuine Geisha going about their business as well as tourists dressed like Geisha.

Thank Malcolm A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We walked through this area with a guide as part of a half day guided tour. Real Maiko residences were pointed out to us, they have black and brass tea house plaques and also wooden name plates of the individuals residing there. As was the...More

Thank Jacqueline D
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We had a guide that took us for a tour of the Gion neighbourhood in Kyoto. The streets are narrow with restaurants and tea houses and is the area to go to see the Meiko and geisha quickly exit their tea houses to attend banquets...More

Thank Anthony C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Under the cherry trees in April, or even in October (when less in bloom!) it'll always be a delight! Walking the small roads in the morning, with not much people around, strolling in the afternoon, in search of a nice place to grab a bite,...More

Thank Madeleine L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The place to go to get a great impression of what japan may have looked like a couple hundred years ago. Super lovely.

Thank Britta S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gion is located around Shijo Avenue starting from the Kamo River in the west and walking until Yasaka Shrine at the eastern end. The street can be a bit crowded and touristy. However, if you walk away from the main street on either side you'll...More

Thank davegras
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful ancient district where you can take your time to wander aimlessly. It has a lot of shops, and fine-dining restaurants. You can catch a glimpse of Geisha here. Very very touristy site. Grab your camera and off you go !

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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 Allan L | Reviewed this property |
There are certainly a lot of tourists wearing kimonos. I don't think it is necessary for you to feel self conscious at all about wearing one
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 ?