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Gion
祇園

4.6/5
852 Reviews
Ranked No. 9 in Kyoto Can't Miss Attractions
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Recommended sightseeing time: 2 hours
Address: Gion Town, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City
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Phone: +81-75-5312288

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Gion is Kyoto's geisha district, with hostesses dressed in colorful kimonos often found on the wooden Tatsumi Bridge, or among the upscale Japanese restaurants and boutiques on Hanamikoji Street. Gion Corner features traditional Kyomai dancing, while Kennin-ji Temple is famous for its Zen gardens and Yasaka Shrine holds seasonal festivals in its lantern-lit courtyard. Evening entertainment ranges from serene sake bars to bustling pub-style izakayas.

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Situated in the scenic area of Higashiyama, Gion is a traditional entertainment district in Kyoto. Nowadays, it is a well-known attraction in Kyoto, and a must-see place for many tourists wishing to spot a geisha. During the day, the traditional Japanese restaurants and teahouses of this area serve as a place of relaxation, and visitors may often encounter geishas passing by. However, the evening is when this place really comes to life. You can expect to meet geisha and maiko here, or you could head to Gion Corner to watch a traditional art performance.
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