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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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  • A quaint neighborhood, to see, with all the wooden structures and a chance to see some real Geisha. Suggest that you get lost in the streets to enjoy fully this neighbourhood classic.
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  • Traditional neighborhood, with wooden houses and quiet streets. Preferable to visit by day and by night. Don't expect to find truth Geisha... but if many curious tourists. Very close to the alley in Pontocho, ideal for dinner after the walk.
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  • Was for the temple town of Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, Gion and Gion was named. It is developed from North and South of Shijo Street until I go and Yasaka Shrine Kyoto's leading entertainment. It is famous for the Geisha. Gion is the South seat, Gion Kobu kaburenjo Gion Kaikan. Currently remain teahouse, restaurant, bar, is reminiscent of the old days are over. Is endured to the door of houses was tasteful and elegant, but from North of Shinbashi Dori along the Shirakawa district and designated as national important traditional building group preservation area and tuck Street in the southern region is provided in the landscape conservation, landscape district of Kyoto. It seems there are street is the traditional protection and utilization.
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