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Gion is a fascinating district or "area" in Kyoto that has been known throughout the ages as the "Entertainment District". The area is in "front" of Yasaka Shrine and was built up to accommodate the many travelers that visited the shrine. Gion is also known as the "Geisha District" most famous of the Geisha areas in Japan. The Geisha in Gion consider themselves to be the "top of the top" entertainers. However, the area has changed a bit from its Geisha "Glory Days"... although if you have a decent amount money put aside for "entertainment" you can experience a wonderful evening will a Geisha. Traditionally Gion is filled with Tea Houses, clubs, bars, betting, pachinko and other "nightlife". Much of the area is "persevered" from future development and looks exactly the same as it did when it was first built. Spend a day and even a night wandering the streets, eating lunch or dinner and don't forget to bring your camera although be polite and try to take shots without people in them (to respect the areas privacy).

 

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Closest Train Station: Gion-Shijo

Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto. 605-0001

Just start walking east from Gion Shijo station and wander about. One of the most famous streets is "Hanamikoji Street".

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Hours & Fees

This is an "area" in Kyoto so every establishment has its own operating hours. Best to visit between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. if you want to catch the "normal" stores open but the place is very lively late into the early morning also.

(Hours & Fees may fluctuate. Please confirm before planning your visit. )

 

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Hanamikoji Street in Gion Kyoto [663highland|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gion#/media/File:150124_Gion_Kyoto_Japan01s3.jpg|Attribution 2.5 Generic]

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Gion District at night in Kyoto [David Offf|https://www.flickr.com/photos/67162482@N07/6122839290|Attribution 2.0 Generic]

Gion District at night in Kyoto copyright David Offf (License)

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Mid-Day in Gion Kyoto [Andreas Tack|https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gion.jpg|Wikipedia Public Domain]

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