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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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  • Whilst the buildings are historic in their appearances, there are more foreigners than Japanese in Gion....  more »
  • This is a nice district that was lined with cherry blossoms and nice restaurants. You should take a stroll to see all that it has to offer  more »
  • We were here on Nov 2016. From Kiyomizudera temple to Gion you only need 10min by taking bus so I suggest travelers can go to these 2 places in one day. From Gion walking street walked around 10 min, ...  more »