An unspoiled historical alley lined with tasteful, traditional wooden houses that invokes a feeling of Good ol’ Kyoto — Ninenzaka slope is perfect for a culture walk in Japan. Located in Gion district, this charming stone-paved pedestrian road is also an approach to the famous Kiyomizu-dera Temple.
These gentle, narrow sloping road is surrounded with Japanese traditional wooden storefronts, shops, and teahouses. One of the most interesting stores here is the world’s first tatami-style Starbucks that’s located inside a 100-year old traditional Japanese townhouse along the historic Ninenzaka street. You can see that every effort has been taken to retain much of the original structure.
If you’re into traditional Japanese culture, there are also some shops that offer tea ceremony experience and even a Geisha makeover! 🇯🇵
Get teleported to another century in Gion area. The famous Geisha area in Kyoto which still runs the same for centuries! During the day, hundreds of people dress the Kimono for pictures and makes you feel you jumped in time. Is very touristic but still very lovely to explore.
João Miguel Silva
Even without a Ryokan reservation, a walk around Gion - especially at night - will transport you to another world. If in Kyoto do not miss this place for extra ordinary experience. Central to main attractions you can get immersed in this area. Full of private houses some converted to small restaurants. Also the training of Maiko’s who lead a private life in the various dormitories
Would recommend both walking through the small streets during the day and evening. Gion was part of the visit we had with Kyōto bike tour again recommended for all the additional information . If you want to really understand the beauty and history then go on one of the many guided tours ( not expensive.) It will tie in the buildings with the history of Gion. You can also just wonder around taking pictures too! So many places lit up that makes it a great day or night place to visit .... and felt totally safe.
Kyoto is always the most temperament with the temperament of the kimono.
While in the flowery area of Kyoto, wearing a kimono, walking in the alley, it is very comfortable to take pictures.
A lot of old-fashioned Kyomachiya on both sides, here is the place where the Memoirs of Geisha happened! Therefore, to this day, there are many shops in the two markets, which are still tea houses, and there will be geisha performing here.
At the end of the flower-seeing path, there is also a temple with a history of Kyoto, Jianren Temple. One of the national treasures of the
Jianren Temple is the most famous figure of the god of the gods. For the photo, the view of the courtyard is the best.
However, Jianren Temple has not allowed commercial photography to enter now, but ordinary photo taking is still awkward!
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.