Gion, Kyoto Prefecture
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- Gion, Kyoto PrefectureMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Mar 04, 2014
If you are lucky might see one of the last remaining Geisha. The Gion district in Kyoto is one of the last places to still have real Geisha. I was fortunate enough to see one of these mysterious women leaving a residence and entering a a vehicle but only for a brief moment. Out of respect you are not supposed to snap pictures of them so you'll have to go to the Gion district to see if you can catch a glimpse of one for yourself.
- Gion, Kyoto PrefectureMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Mar 02, 2014
Gion district is famous for its traditional wooden houses, restaurants, shops and teahouses where geishas entertain. You can actually spot geisha or maiko (geisha in training) on the streets here, especially in the evening hours. There are lots of tourists here, but they only add to the scenic atmosphere of this area.
- Gion, Kyoto PrefectureMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory Buffs+ 1Jan 11, 2014
Gion is known as the district for sighting geishas, or geiko as they are called in Kyoto. But it is much more than that. The area has a more traditional feel and offers a lot of good restaurants.
- Gion, Kyoto PrefectureMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 06, 2013
Kyoto's pleasure quarter may have lost some of its glamour due to encroaching modernity but this is a great area to visit at night -- the maiko (geisha in training) still roam the back streets and the old architecture, tea houses, and lanterns make the area incredibly quaint.
- Gion, Kyoto PrefectureMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 21, 2013
Old Kyoto, with all the fine dining, charm, and geisha-spotting that comes with it. Gion is most atmospheric at night, when the lights are out, and you're also more likely to catch a glimpse of the city's most famous sub-population at that time. A must do for an evening in Kyoto.Recommended for:Local Culture
- Gion, Kyoto Prefecture
- Gion, Kyoto PrefectureMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBackpackers+ 1First to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Most everything worth seeing at night in Kyoto is in Gion. Great atmosphere with a number of streets offering a variety of options... don't fall in love with one area too quickly and forget to explore the rest! A great area of Kyoto.
- Gion, Kyoto PrefectureMember ofArt & Design LoversMar 14, 2013
The old section of Kyoto is not to be missed. The streets are narrow and quaint and you will sometimes see geisha, or more likely maiko (geisha-in-training), heading off to work as the sun goes down. Because Kyoto wasn't bombed as much during the war, it retains more of the old sections than most cities in Japan.