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Gion, Kyoto

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#2 of 7 in Neighborhoods in Kyoto
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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  • Take the Guided Walking Tour from the bridge - Free but you tip him/her at the end. Interesting to hear the truth about Geishas - the Costs, Adoption, Rules, Training, Strictures etc etc - and to...  more »
  • Beautiful & traditional suburb Just walking around is so exotic I personally like the little shallow creek in Gion  more »
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