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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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  • It is another world when entering one alley. It is a place with a very atmosphere. Unfortunately, it is also difficult to walk with so many tourists (Japanese and foreigners).
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  • The magic of this place has been lost. There is hordes of group tours so there is a lot of pushing, meandering, selfies, and just a throng of people. Also, you are no longer allowed to take photograph...  more »
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