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Gion which includes cycling, street scenes and night scenes

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 ¥4,298 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in Gion, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yasaka Shrine and Gion Corner. Kiyomizu Temple and Heian Shrine are also within 1 mi (2 km). Gion-shijo ...
4/5Very Good! (912 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

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Kyoto Granbell Hotel
Kyoto Granbell Hotel
3.5 out of 5
27 Yamatocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥7,392 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 19
Located in Gion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nishiki Market and Yasaka Shrine. Kodaiji Temple and Hokanji Temple are also within 15 minutes. Gion-shijo ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (545 reviews)
"The room was bright, clean and extremely well maintained. The public bath is amazing due to its modern design, cleanliness and thorough maintenance. The staff was fantastic and accommodating with all my requests. Everything was smooth. A little gem this place. I will certainly return. Thank you for ..."

Reviewed on Apr 11, 2021

Kyoto Granbell Hotel
Gion Hatanaka
Gion Hatanaka
4 out of 5
505 Yasaka Shrine Minamimonmae, Gion, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
Located in Gion, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Yasaka Shrine, Kawaramachi, and Gion Corner. Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre and Pontocho are also within 10 ...
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
4 out of 5
572 Komatsucho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥13,750 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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! (466 reviews)
"Great location, nice breakfast buffet and onsen. Would recommend to stay when visiting Kyoto."

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2021

Luxury hotel SOWAKA
Luxury hotel SOWAKA
4 out of 5
480 Kiyoi-cho, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is ¥38,473 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
Located in Gion, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Kodaiji Temple, Maruyama Park, and Kawaramachi. Nishiki Market and Kiyomizu Temple are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (33 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
4 out of 5
3-33, Benzaitencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
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The price is ¥15,000 per night from Jul 4 to Jul 4
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! (96 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

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