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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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  • The Gion district is an icon of Kyoto and as such is very busy but just take the side streets to plunge into atmosphere of another era. Tourists go to "hunt" of geishas, but (at most) they come across a timid Maiko (Geisha aspirant) and exchange the girls in kimonos for Geishas.
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  • I’ve been to Gion three times. I loved Gion. I’ve been to Tea Ceremony and watched the Traditional Geisha Dance. This time just walked through Gion with lots of shops and eating places. Last time my f...  more »
  • It wasn’t until I walked through the Gion district that I felt like I was experiencing traditional Japan, and a glimpse of what it would’ve been like 100, even 200 years ago. Don’t limit your visit to...  more »
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