Gion

Related Articles:
Category:
Japanese script: 祇園
Area: Kyoto
Address: [map]
Access: 282 m from Gion-Shijō Station Keihan Main Line (KH39)
0.5 km from Kawaramachi Station Hankyu Kyoto Main Line (HK86)
0.6 km from Sanjō Keihan Station Tōzai Line (T11)

Kyoto’s Geisha District, Gion is a popular spot for all who visit the city thanks to it’s traditional feel and cherry blossom in Spring. Located between Yasaka Shrine and the Kamo river, around Shijo-dori. The narrow-fronted houses were once (and some still are) machiya and ochaya although many are now cafes and shops. The canal-side area of Shirakawa is especially pretty in the early evening and during Spring and is generally quiter than Hanami-koji street which is the most popular spot (between Shijo avenue to Kenninji Temple).

Pro tip: Book a guided night walk in Gion.

While you’ll no doubt see plenty of kimono-clad women in the area, not many will be Geisha (or Geiko, as they are known in Kyoto) as this is the go-to location for people having maiko-vers (sorry/not sorry). If you have cash to splash, you can head to some of the teahouses (ochaya) to be entertained by Maiko and Geiko over dinner, otherwise, check out where else you can see them in Kyoto.