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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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  • It follows North-South through the middle of Gion. Especially from the Shijo-Dori heads to kennin-ji Temple to the South is the old pavement is lined on both sides, apparently Gion is feels nice and helpful. I would go here if you want to feel the atmosphere of Gion.
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  • Other streets which should be must-see like Ishibe Alley and Gion area. A return to the past, seem to be sets of a film.
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  • There are many traditional timber houses on both sides of the street including a few high class tea houses. Normally you can find lots of tourists around but occasionally you can get hold of some good...  more »