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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  • At the beginning of the light, from the 23 Sakamoto, they stepped into the landscape of the Cho-house style, dimly lit, there is also an unforeseen expectation that there is a chance that there will be no hope of being able to take on the true face of the business and the very low level of the pavilion, where the store and the guest interact with each other. It's always tempting to be on the road to a service store with an artistic outfit, but keep the millions, and don't bother them.
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  • Because there is a storefront to rent a kimono, a little 綴 of the evening light, and a street full of people in a kimono, it is a Japanese mistake. As there are so many crowds on the main streets, it is more surprising to suggest a diamond in a small alley.
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  • On their way to the Yasaka Shrine from kawaramachi is characteristic of Kyoto streets. Kennin-ji Temple is located at the end. There were a lot of foreigners.
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  • The most popular area of Gion is Hanami-kojiStreet from Shijo Avenue to Kenninji Temple. A nice (and expensive) place to dine, the street and its side alleys are lined with preserved machiya houses many of which now function as restaurants, serving Kyoto style kaiseki ryori (Japanese haute cuisine) and other types of local and international meals.
  • Couldn't figure out what was the best time to visit here. Shops are closed all the time. Friend recommended us to come earlier because when he came at 8pm shops were closed. We came at 2:30 in the afternoon. The shops were closed as well. We also rented bikes, but hanami-koji is pretty crowded and the police were directing people to where they should be going.
  • Extremely high quality food for equally high prices. We had the private room instead of the chef cooking infront of you. The staff was very friendly and the experience was worth the price.
  • Better to go there in the evening. You can see many people waiting for geisha.
  • 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.

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