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Gion, Kyoto
(4.1/5 based on 4,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Some lovely old streets and buildings as well as bars and restaurants in this area. I spotted several Geisha on the two occasions I went into Gion. 
  • Gion is surrounded by the aura of its stars: the Geisha. In its main street you will see those scenes typical of Japanese movies: several restaurants with their sliding doors of wood and that air of mystery. If you are in the late afternoon/early evening can be lucky enough to see some maiko/Geisha coming in for their presentations. Where has concentrated is where tourist has maiko/Geisha around.
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  • Area very cool from the center of Kyoto. The truth is that I seemed a little Puerto Banus of prices and roll of oldie with pasta the street ppal of them shops. That if the Fund a temple very cool. The streets more classics with the old architecture very cool and petadas most of expensive restaurants. Oblgiada visit the center of Kyoto, that all endando can be.
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