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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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  • Gion is one of those places that you'll feel like you are in feudal japan, unfortunately is filled with tourists just looking around trying to find Geichas and Maikos. If you want to find these cultur...  more »
  • Aiming at kennin-ji Temple from the blossom Street, go down to the South. Many foreigners like Harajuku, but go into the alley one enjoyed the streets of Gion. On the kennin-ji Temple after a little way many security guards, horse racing and betting Department WINS building was. What was disappointing, said here. But a 10-town feel is Kyoto. But was stopped by Gion, a fantastic.
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  • Go in the daytime and you might be able to see a real meiko or geiko (apprentice geisha or full geisha). You will know by the hairstyle and beauty and simplicity of the kimono--although you may not kn...  more »