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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.

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APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
3 out of 5
555, Minamigawa, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥4,545 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Gion, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Gion Corner, Kiyomizu Temple, and Heian Shrine. Sanjusangendo Temple and Kyoto Tower are also within 3 mi ...

4/5Very Good! (894 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
4 out of 5
3-33, Benzaitencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥20,000 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (93 reviews)
Location, location, location!

"Fabulous hotel!! Location is absolutely perfect and the staff was so friendly and helpful. After arriving we asked the receptionist for a recommendation for dinner and she was able to secure us a reservation at the top restaurant in Kyoto. The room was spotless and the welcome drink when we arrived ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 7, 2020

Kyoto Granbell Hotel
Kyoto Granbell Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 Yamatocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥12,444 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (543 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
4 out of 5
572 Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥15,000 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in Gion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kenninji Temple, Kawaramachi, and Gion Corner. Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizu Temple are also within 15 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (454 reviews)

"Every single employee was kind and greeted us when we walked by. They were all EXTREMELY helpful. The breakfast was large and delicious we had both the traditional Japanese and american breakfast. Check in and checkout process was a breeze. We were very sad to leave this hotel and wish we had stayed ..."…"

Reviewed on May 3, 2020

Luxury hotel SOWAKA
Luxury hotel SOWAKA
4 out of 5
480 Kiyoi-cho, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥34,650 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Gion, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Kodaiji Temple, Maruyama Park, and Kawaramachi. Nishiki Market and Kiyomizu Temple are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Very enjoyable stay

"Very enjoyable stay. The staff were all very welcoming and helpful. Lovely room and great food. Good area to walk around, visit the temples and shrines, and get a real sense of old Japan."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

Luxury hotel SOWAKA
Miyagawacho Hanakanzashi- Hostel
Miyagawacho Hanakanzashi- Hostel
1 out of 5
Shinmiyakawacho, Nishigomoncho, 462, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥1,773 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Gion, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Kawaramachi and Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre. Nishiki Market and Pontocho are also within 15 minutes. Kiyomizu-gojo ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)

"For the price I can't really complain, great location and clean bed, roof over my head for the night."…"

Reviewed on Apr 17, 2020

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