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Gion, Kyoto

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Step back in time into Gion, a neighborhood in Kyoto that dates back to the Middle Ages. At the foot of the Yasaka shrine, locals developed this area to provide services to shrine visitors. Today, the neighborhood remains characterized by its wooden "machiya" merchant houses and cascading willow trees. Walk along the scenic Shirakawa canal and stop at a high-end restaurant, or visit an "ochaya" (tea house), where geishas, known locally as geikos, serve and perform for visitors. By using our Kyoto tour itinerary planning site, you can arrange your visit to Gion and other attractions in Kyoto.
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  • Narrow streets which you don’t really know they are there, but is a wonderful surprise when you fall upon it, where traditional Japan meets modern Japan. A place where young people proudly wear and...  more »
  • I visited in the late afternoon hoping to see a Geisha and found the Kennin Ji Temple which I thoroughly recommend. I had resigned myself to not seeing any Geishas and was enjoying the old wooden...  more »
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