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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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  • Goon is one of my favorite places. It was very authentic experience... It has beautiful little shops with great selection of gift items, at the same time you can taste local Japanese street food...  more »
  • Very impressed with the area, many small alleys, lots of bars and restaurants. Great atmosphere with the old Japanese Traditional buildings. People were friendly and polite too:-)  more »
  • We expected such great things from this historic Kyoto district, but the main street was ALL about shopping, side streets were too "new" looking and people who actually LIVE here are deeply resentful....  more »

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