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The most famous neighborhood in Kyoto is also known as the Geisha district. It is here, among the teahouses and private clubs that you can catch a glimpse of a geisha in full dress including white makeup.
Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0001, Kyoto Prefecture
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All reviews real geisha geisha spotting geisha walking interesting area narrow streets the main street traditional japan yasaka shrine walk around lots of shops tea house walking tour nice walk tea ceremony kyoto station maiko district
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Just a short distance from the Gion Shiju station with pleasant walking at duck with the bountiful lanterns. As luck would have it, saw 2 geishas and was awestruck. After the visit to Gion though had to catch the local bus back to Kyoto Station....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank If L
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went when they had lanterns on many of the streets. I am not sure how often they do that but it made the streets even more beautiful. The architecture is amazing and with the glow of the lanterns it really had an amazing effect....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Denise S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We managed to see a geiko on her way through the streets! Also lovely to just wonder around. Lovely wooden houses lining the streets to get lost in

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank timtamalam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in a lot of places around the world. and I've never been in place similar to Gion. It's the kind of place that takes your breath away, a magical place full of culture, heritage, history, architecture, and very spiritual. You can spend a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ndakwar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Go after 7pm and hang around, you might be lucky enough to see a geisha Lots of great authentic old town atmospheric stuff to see just off a very lively area

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank clareb135
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recommend reading Memoirs of a Geisha before visiting to get the full atmosphere. I had discovered a guided walk map on the internet which took us down a very narrow alley, and round a very od area of Gion where reputedly at night you...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Chrissie E
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a tour with Duncan Flett of the Gion area and it was incredible. We saw so many Maikos (apprentice geisha) and Geikos (professional geisha). Their silk dresses, makeup and hair are all perfectly done. Learned so much from Duncan on this tour.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank texascajun1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gion is a wonderful place, but its also a case of the tourist making the place more 'Authentic' than it really is. haha. Beautiful kimono everywhere and you would be forgiven for thinking you have fallen through a time warp. NO. Look closely and you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Robyn N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kyoto is such a lovely and varied city with so much to see and do that the four days we were there was not long enough. The Gion disctrict is surely a must see on any tourist itinerary which is why it is so busy...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank RobertJE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gion is an intersting area in Kyoto, traditionally the Geisha district (or Geiko in Local Kyoto). From their height of over 3000 Geisha in Kyoto there is now apparently less than 100. You may be suprised to see Women in Kimono everywhere, but there is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko"
in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and
entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners,
Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with
gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the
streets on their way to and from work, where they fan
dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion
lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets
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14 October 2018|
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Response from Alison S | Reviewed this property |
You certainly won't feel out of place. There are a huge number of hire places for kimono and yukata. Quite a number of young Japanese were dressed in yukata durign August.
3 April 2018|
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Response from Autumn_Russell | Reviewed this property |
From my experience, most stores around Japan are open until 10pm every day of the week. Restaurants & food places will often stay open until about 11..
3 April 2018|
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Response from MoDiToO | Reviewed this property |
In general they stay pretty late. May I know what kind of store are looking for to try to answer more specifically ?