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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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  • A must see if you have not been to Kyoto. The preserved buildings are charming and takes you back to days gone by. I could imagine what it was like. But I find the area is very commercialised and.....  more »
  • A step back in time. We went later in the afternoon when the shops were closed before dinner service. It was quiet and perfect for a stroll. Can imagine how busy it would get but I enjoyed the quiet.....  more »
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