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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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  • Beautiful district typical, ideal for walking and if you are lucky find a geiko or Maiko... we were lucky to see one.
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  • I really enjoyed walking in the Gion area. Japan has a very rich culture and history. The ladies dressed in kimono is a sight that shows how the japanese love their culture. It was fun mingling with t...  more »
  • We have spent a few nights just exploring this area and it’s so much fun. There are tons of shops and street performers. There are great food spots on every corner. Highly recommend an evening here.  more »
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