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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. Put Hanamikoji Street into our Kyoto trip generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Kyoto.
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Kyoto spoils visitors for choice when it comes to good accommodations, offering everything from traditional ryokans to luxury Western-style hotels. In a city used to receiving foreign travelers, you'll find that most establishments know exactly what to offer tourists and how to help newcomers to the area. To avoid paying premium prices during the cherry blossom season, consider staying in Osaka, located just a 30-minute train ride away. If you must stay in Kyoto itself, keep in mind that centrally located hotels charge more than those in the outer neighborhoods.
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  • The street and adjacent alleys are really delightful at any time of the day but they become more interesting at dusk, when beautiful paper lanters light up Hanamikoji and gorgeous geikos and maikos wi...  more »
  • If you are lucky, you may actually see maiko or geisha walking to the tea houses along this street, depicted in Memoirs of a Geisha. Be sure to consider the twice nightly traditional Japanese arts sho...  more »
  • The Hanamikoji Street is almost the gateway leading to the Gion area. Ample number of historic wood made buildings are still in use for shops, residence restaurants as such. The streets are paved by d...  more »
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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