Japan, Kyoto Guide (B): Walking Around Gion

Walking Around Gion
Kyoto most famous district, located between Yasaka Shrine and the Kamo River. Walk around Gion and wander with traditional shops, restaurants and teahouses, where Geisha and their apprentices, named Maiko, entertain the visitors and clients with traditional music and performances, whilst enjoying japanese haute cousine. Head to the main street Hanami-koji and enjoy the streets of Gion.

Hanami – koji, main street of Gion. 

How to get there

By bus, number 100 or 206 and drop off at Gion. By train, Keihan line and stop at Gion Shijo station, or Hankyu line, stop at Kawaramachi station. From any of the options is just a short walk to Gion. There are many other places to visit, don’t forget to check out what to see on a day in Kyoto.

Yasaka Shrine, Gion district shrine in Kyoto.

The reason behind the large number of tourists visiting Gion is due, in fact, for the chance to see a geisha or maiko on the streets. Fun fact, I’ve seen maiko in many different places in Kyoto, but never in Gion. Disturbed on their way to a teahouse or just by walking, geisha and maiko are approached and annoyed by paparazzi tourists. Try to be respectful if you spot a geisha, as they have to deal already with dozens of tourists on a normal basis, even making it difficult for everyone around. Sometimes the flow of tourists is so large, even the police shows up during peak hours to help and prevent from tourists to approach them.

Hanami – koji, main street of Gion. Police ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Walking Around Gion
Guide Location: Japan » Kyoto
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Yasaka shrine   Hanami-koji   Gion Shijo station   Kawaramachi station  
Author: Josep Bautista
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