Hanamikoji Street, Kyoto

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Stroll along Hanamikoji Street, Gion's geisha and maiko district, to find traditional teahouses (ochaya), wooden merchant houses, shops and high-end restaurants. The north side of the 1.4 km (0.9 mi) long street features modern pubs and bars, while the southern part is more traditional. Sneak into small side alleys to admire deep, narrow living spaces (machiya), with shops in the front that now serve as dining places. If you are lucky enough to encounter a geisha on her way to work, act with respect--admire her authentic beauty or take a photo with a subtle approach. Plan to see Hanamikoji Street and other attractions that appeal to you using our Kyoto travel planner.
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  • On both sides are restaurants, some shops also provide performance, if you walk in this small road after 5 o'clock in the afternoon, fortunately you can also see Japanese geisha, Encounter Ah! or directly choose a performance of the store to eat while watching, the time is tight so too late to enjoy. The words of interest recommend to feel
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  • This is a famous street in Kyoto where you can marvel at the beautiful preserved architecture, famous tea houses, and try to spot some real geisha. The fact that some of the establishments are still f...  more »
  • Feel as if all is the appearance of the restaurant, people or a lot of, on the opposite side of the eight-Osaka sacred stove, may have to go a little deeper to realize the taste of Kyoto. I personally do not recommend or like this place very much.
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  • Great nightly place if you are into Geisha hunting. Try to be there between 5:30 and 7pm. Watch out for not too patient drivers.
  • Picturesque street with cherry trees lined up on both sides of the street. Couples taking wedding pictures everywhere. True classic Kyoto.
  • Lovely picturesque street with an almost seedy undercurrent. Tourist flock here for geisha hunting.
  • Atmospheric place to visit at night. I can't afford to eat here though.
  • Nothing much to see except at night I guess

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