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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. By using our Kyoto tour itinerary planning site, you can arrange your visit to Gion and other attractions in Kyoto.
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  • Gion is very pretty and culturally and historically significant. It does get crowded with tourists all day and that included us. It can make it difficult to enjoy some things but it is certainly an...  more »
  • I have visited this district both during the day and evening and trying to catch a glimpse of a geisha is next to impossible. Putting that aside, this is one of Kyoto's most famous neighborhoods...  more »
  • Take the Guided Walking Tour from the bridge - Free but you tip him/her at the end. Interesting to hear the truth about Geishas - the Costs, Adoption, Rules, Training, Strictures etc etc - and to...  more »

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