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GionKyoto

Experience a traditional tea ceremony or a night of cultural entertainment within the historic wooden teahouses of this well-preserved Kyoto district.

Gion is a historic district in Kyoto, known for its geisha culture, wooden teahouses, shops and restaurants. Situated between the beautiful Yasaka Shrine and the Kamo River, Gion is characterized by its historic teahouses, many of which have been transformed into boutique shops and fine-dining restaurants. Explore this district by day to shop for local items like candy, pickles and handmade souvenirs, or by night for a chance to catch a glimpse of the elusive geisha experience.

Begin your exploration of Gion in Hanamikoji Street, a strip with side alleys filled with preserved teahouses and traditional wooden façades. Shirakawa is another interesting area alongside the canal of the same name. This quiet canal-side district is near Shijo Avenue and has a selection of upscale restaurants and bars that look out onto the canal’s willow trees.

A good way to experience some of Gion’s cultural attractions is to see a show at Gion Corner. These foreigner-friendly shows demonstrate a selection of traditional Japanese arts, including tea ceremonies, puppet theater, flower arranging, dance performances and comedy plays.

Visitors with Japanese connections or a ticket with a tour company may be able to spend an evening in a traditional teahouse with entertainment lead by a geisha. Geishas, or Japanese hostesses, traditionally provide the evening’s drinks and performances of music and dance.

Gion is also the home of the Yasaka Shrine and its Gion Matsuri Festival, a popular festival that takes place every July at the famous Shinto shrine and other sites on the opposite banks of the Kamo River.

Reach Gion by bus from Kyoto Station within 20 minutes. You can also catch a train to Gion Shijo Station or Kawaramachi Station. Spend a day or two exploring Gion and its surrounding districts of Kiyomizudera and Higashiyama. A leisurely 30-minute walking route connects these areas via historic alleys and the Yasaka Shrine.

Top Hotels in Gion

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
3 out of 5
555, Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥4,132 per night

Located in Gion, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gion Corner, Kiyomizu Temple, and Sanjusangendo Temple. Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (854 reviews)
Great location - would stay again for location

"This is our second APA hotel that we've stayed at so far. Nothing that really caught my attention honestly other than the amazing location. I'd stay at this hotel again especially for the location. Literally, the Yasaka shrine is less than a block away. One tiny thing was that it felt a little dusty ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2020

APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
Gion Hatanaka
Gion Hatanaka
4 out of 5
505 Yasaka Shrine Minamimonmae, Gion, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥34,545 per night

Located in Gion, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre, and Pontocho. Kawaramachi and Kiyomizu Temple are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (228 reviews)

"if you want to try living like the japanese this is the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Gion Hatanaka
Shikinean Gion Shirakawa
Shikinean Gion Shirakawa
3 out of 5
248-8, Nakanocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥35,455 per night

Located in Gion, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Yasaka Shrine, Pontocho, and Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (35 reviews)
a beutiful 3 rooms/3 stories hotel

"super location, sit right by the magical Shirakawa river. There is no services/reception counter at Shikinean hotel, everything is automatic, you receive the main door pass code before check in, also entry code for 3 different bedrooms. all went neat and easy. 3 rooms on each floor are of different ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2020

Shikinean Gion Shirakawa
Hotel ALZA KYOTO
Hotel ALZA KYOTO
4 out of 5
3-33, Benzaitencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥11,990 per night

Located in Gion, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gion Tatsumi Bridge and Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre. Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art and Samurai ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (74 reviews)

"Wonderful boutique hotel in a great location with comfortable large rooms. Lots of little touches to the room made our stay very relaxing. Fantastic in room breakfast and service oriented staff"…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Hotel ALZA KYOTO
Kyoto Granbell Hotel
Kyoto Granbell Hotel
3 out of 5
27 Yamatocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥13,336 per night

Located in Gion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yasaka Shrine and Nishiki Market. Kodaiji Temple and Hokanji Temple are also within 15 minutes. Gion-shijo ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (527 reviews)

"Fantastic location. Friendly, helpful staff. Only downside is size of room - ok for me on my own but lack of wardrobe and/or size of room would have been an issue if I'd stayed longer/been travelling with my partner. Would however, stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Kyoto Granbell Hotel
Hotel Sou Kyoto Gion
Hotel Sou Kyoto Gion
3 out of 5
525-2 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥2,924 per night

Located in Gion, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Yasaka Shrine, Hanamikoji Dori, and Gion Corner. Kiyomizu Temple and Sanjusangendo Temple ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"It's clean, people are friendly and helpful. We were glad to be staying here. Thanks"…"

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2019

Hotel Sou Kyoto Gion

Popular places to visit in Gion

Yasaka Shrine
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Yasaka Shrine

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Observe traditional Shinto architecture, pretty lanterns and sacred rituals at this historic shrine, home of the annual Gion Festival and Kyoto’s favorite cherry blossom park.

Gion Corner
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Gion Corner

4.5/5(266 reviews)

Enjoy a show at Gion Corner, a theater with a story to tell in Kyoto. Amble around this culturally rich area's picturesque gardens or experience its fascinating museums.

Maruyama Park
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Maruyama Park

5/5(2 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Maruyama Park, a lovely green space in Kyoto. Discover the fascinating museums and temples in this culturally rich area.

Kenninji Temple
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Kenninji Temple

5/5(4 reviews)

Visit this Zen Buddhism temple for a slice of history, art and tranquility. It is said that the temple is the oldest of its kind in Kyoto.

Gion Shirakawa Area
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Gion Shirakawa Area

You can enjoy some culture when you stop by Gion Shirakawa Area in Kyoto. While in this culturally rich area, find time to visit its temples.

Ishibe Alley
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Ishibe Alley

Imagine life as it was during the Taisho Period as you explore this preserved Kyoto alley, complete with traditional teahouses, inns and kimono-clad hostesses.

Top things to do in Gion

Nighttime Local Eats and Streets in Old Kyoto
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Nighttime Local Eats and Streets in Old Kyoto

98% of travellers recommend
¥13,800
Per adult
Kyoto Bar Hopping Nightlife Tour in Pontocho
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Kyoto Bar Hopping Nightlife Tour in Pontocho

100% of travellers recommend
¥7,800
Per adult
Kyoto Night Foodie Tour
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Kyoto Night Foodie Tour

¥12,000
Per adult
Kyoto Kimono Photography Tour in Gion
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Kyoto Kimono Photography Tour in Gion

¥8,000
Per adult
Kyoto Tea Ceremony & Kiyomizu-dera Temple Walking Tour
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Kyoto Tea Ceremony & Kiyomizu-dera Temple Walking Tour

¥8,900
Per adult
Private Photo Tour in Kyoto!
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Private Photo Tour in Kyoto!

¥6,600
Per adult

Other neighborhoods in Kyoto

Sannenzaka Ninenzaka which includes street scenes and a small town or village as well as a large group of people

Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

5/5Exceptional!(17 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the gardens and monuments in Sannenzaka Ninenzaka. You might want to make time for a stop at Sannenzaka Museum or Hokanji Temple.

Sannenzaka Ninenzaka
Shoren-in Temple which includes a temple or place of worship and signage

Higashiyama

4.5/5Wonderful!(29 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Kiyomizu Temple and take some time to enjoy the abundant dining options during your time in Higashiyama. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at Tofukuji Station or Higashiyama Station.

Higashiyama
Nishiki Market featuring markets and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Karasuma

Visitors to Karasuma love its popular shops, and you can check out Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi. If you want to see more in the area, you can get around town on the metro at Karasuma Oike Station.

Karasuma
Kyoto International Manga Museum featuring a city

Karasumaoike

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Karasumaoike for its colorful gardens, but many stay to explore sights like Kyoto International Manga Museum and Rokakkudo Temple. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Karasuma Oike Station.

Karasumaoike
Nishiki Market featuring markets and street scenes as well as a large group of people

Shijo

Unique features of Shijo include the coffeehouses and spas. Make a stop by Nishiki Market or Kawaramachi while you're exploring the area.

Shijo
Nijo Castle showing a park and a pond

Central Kyoto

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,806 area reviews)

Central Kyoto is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Nijō Castle and Nishiki Market. See more of Kyoto by jumping on the metro at Nijojo-mae Station or Karasuma Oike Station.

Central Kyoto