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The Gion district is Kyoto’s most famous geisha district located on the eastern part of the city, between Yasaka Shrine and the Kamo river. Because it is well known for the geisha and maiko, tourists from all over the world visit in hopes of seeing a geisha. The area is also known for its numerous teahouses, restaurants that serve traditional Japanese food/sweets, and traditional merchant houses called machiya. Many of the streets that run through the district have been able to preserve many of the machiya from back in the day, giving the area a very traditional atmosphere and makes for a great stroll especially during the evening or night time. In July, the Gion Festival, Japan’s most famous festival, is held, bring both domestic and international visitors alike to see the annual festivities and traditional parade.
Take a step inside pre-modern Japan and see what it was like to walk around Kyoto during that time period by joining one of our Cherry Blossom tours.
Popular night spot to experience traditional Japanese arts
Most famous festival in Japan; festival of Yasaka Shrine
Entertain at the most exclusive and important gatherings in Japan
Kimono Show and Demonstrations.