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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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  • Walking through Gion is a must if you go to Kyoto. Many restaurants are in these alleyways but the signs are quite discreet.  more »
  • The most interesting thing in this quarter-see the real cosplayed a Geisha, but we are not led. The rest is just historical buildings with restaurants inside.
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  • We had two wings lucky to see geishas in the evening after sunset. They are creatures of incredible sophistication in bearing and in the way they move and walk. On their way to one of the few houses from the still remained in kyoto
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