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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  • August 13, 2017
    We came here on a Monday night, and we're very lucky to see a geisha. There were not many tourists here, but there were quite a few Japanese businessmen going to those machiyas and tea houses. There w...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    This is a great street with all kinds of shops and restaurants leading up to Kennin-Ji temple. Instead of asphalt, the road is made of large stone bricks, signaling a shift in tone from the busy main ...  more »
  • July 28, 2017
     Is the atmosphere of Gion in Kyoto remained. Can't enjoy the town was crawling with tourists may taste lined okiya and a restaurant is regrettable.
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  • April 21, 2017
    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.
  • April 10, 2017
    Picturesque street with cherry trees lined up on both sides of the street. Couples taking wedding pictures everywhere. True classic Kyoto.
  • April 9, 2017
    Lovely picturesque street with an almost seedy undercurrent. Tourist flock here for geisha hunting.
  • May 11, 2017
    Atmospheric place to visit at night. I can't afford to eat here though.
  • December 13, 2016
    Nothing much to see except at night I guess

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