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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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  • The Gion district is rightly touted. Though very busy. But traditional. also many (as Maika) dressed ladies and many traditional clothing, boys and girls in Kimonos. Beautiful temples. Though hilly. If there are also riksas. Many souvenierswinkeltjes.
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  • Already in the year 15 year blossom want tourists to come ago the season? Event. Long wanted to come, but enjoyed the Gion neighborhood than you think. Good to go, but there were a lot of people because it was lit up on Fox, Saturday and Sunday.
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  • Cameras dont do justice here. the whole of Gion showcases the traditional structures remade in the modern time. Even new structures made to look classic are a nice sight to see. Take the night walk an...  more »