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Gion, Kyoto

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Step back in time into Gion, a neighborhood in Kyoto that dates back to the Middle Ages. At the foot of the Yasaka shrine, locals developed this area to provide services to shrine visitors. Today, the neighborhood remains characterized by its wooden "machiya" merchant houses and cascading willow trees. Walk along the scenic Shirakawa canal and stop at a high-end restaurant, or visit an "ochaya" (tea house), where geishas, known locally as geikos, serve and perform for visitors. For Gion and beyond, use our Kyoto vacation trip planner to get the most from your Kyoto vacation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Visited the area during the afternoon and most shops and restaurants were closed and we assume it's more for evening entertainment and dining. Neat architecture and experience to help you imagine old ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    a very traditional japanisse district , good restaurants , shops caffes etc. the geisha show at gion , is not very well organized , there is a long line , you may not be able to get in after a long wa...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Traditional neighborhood, lets imagine the feel of the city decades ago. Strolling calmly and discreet attention, we got to see both a maiko is a geisha. Towards dusk came a crowd of tourists, from a certain time for the most committed to finding somewhere to eat.
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