Gion the most famous entertainment district in the center of Kyoto located around Shijo Avenue between Yasaka Shrine in the east and the Kamo River in the west. It is filled with shops, restaurants, and geisha/maiko entertain. 

This place attracts tourists with its high concentration of traditional wooden stalls. The stalls were built with narrow facades only five to six meters wide, but extend up to twenty meters in from the street.


The most popular area is Hanami-koji Street from Shijo Avenue to Kenninji Temple. The streets is a fine place to eat, shop, and sightseeing.

Kenninji Temple

Hanami-Koji Street

If you spot a Geisha or Maiko during your visit, please be respectful.
There are a few complaints about tourists behaving rudely towards them. Please ask for permission to take pictures with them.
* The services of geiko are pretty expensive. Basically, it required an introduction from existing customer if you wish to visit one. However, recently some travel agencies have started to offer lunch or dinner with maiko services to tourist.
A cultural show is held every day at Gion Corner at the end of Hanami-koji for tourists, the show introduction traditional Japanese arts

Gion by Night

Gion district is a completely different world at night. In the more modern areas of Gion the bars and restaurants come alive as dusk falls, and in the preserved streets the lanterns are lit on the teahouses and maiko, or apprentice geisha, can be seen hurrying to their appointments.



1. Take bus number 100 or 206 from Kyoto Station and get off at Gion_bus Stop (20 minutes, 230 yen).

2. Otherwise, take a train and get off at Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Line or Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Line.



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