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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.

Top Hotels in Gion

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kyoto Granbell Hotel
Kyoto Granbell Hotel
3 out of 5
27 Yamatocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
CA $125
per night
Dec 16 - Dec 17

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. Kyoto ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (440 reviews)

"In room amemities were good with own bathtub and even Apple TV."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 19, 2019

Kyoto Granbell Hotel
APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
3 out of 5
CA $55
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

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 2 mi ...

3.9/5Very Good! (759 reviews)

"The location which is near to many places of interests. Public transports easily accessible."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019

APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
TSUKIMI HOTEL
TSUKIMI HOTEL
2.5 out of 5
21 Tsukimicho, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto
CA $50
per night
Jan 3 - Jan 4

Located in Gion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yasaka Shrine and Hanamikoji Dori. Pontocho and Kiyomizu Temple are also within 15 minutes. Higashiyama ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (54 reviews)

"Tsukimi Hotel is a very modern-looking hotel with great amenities and a friendly staff. The pod area was exceptionally quiet given how many people were sleeping there in any given night, and the showers/bathrooms were always very clean. My only gripe was that there weren't locks available to secure ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2019

TSUKIMI HOTEL
HOTEL THE CELESTINE KYOTO GION
HOTEL THE CELESTINE KYOTO GION
4 out of 5
CA $249
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7

Located in Gion, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kenninji Temple, Gion Corner and Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre. Kawaramachi and Kiyomizu Temple are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (367 reviews)

"The location of the hotel is ideal if you want a quieter area and which is close to the famous Temples near GION. The room is adequately furnished and comfortable making a quiet rest every night a dream. Amenities are limited but the spa is a nice touch especially to soothe the aching muscles after ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2019

HOTEL THE CELESTINE KYOTO GION
Hotel ALZA KYOTO
Hotel ALZA KYOTO
4 out of 5
3-33, Benzaitencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
CA $227
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

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! (62 reviews)

"A modern, very well designed hotel at a great Kyoto location. Close to trains, restaurants, shopping. Very helpful and pleasant staff that assisted with many requests. Good in room breakfast. We highly recommend Alza."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019

Hotel ALZA KYOTO
IMANO KYOTO KIYOMIZU HOSTEL
IMANO KYOTO KIYOMIZU HOSTEL
2 out of 5
CA $38
per night
Dec 22 - Dec 23

Located in Gion, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Kiyomizu Temple, Gion Corner and Sanjusangendo Temple. Kyoto Tower and Heian Shrine are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (118 reviews)

"Very close to a bus stop, everything was new and clean. The air conditioning was a little bit difficult to control & the room was quite small as expected in Japan"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 20, 2019

IMANO KYOTO KIYOMIZU HOSTEL

Popular things to do in Gion

Yasaka Shrine
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Yasaka Shrine

4/5(11 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.

Kenninji Temple
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Kenninji Temple

5/5(1 review)

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.

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 activities in Gion

Gion Evening Highlights Tour with National Licensed Guide
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Gion Evening Highlights Tour with National Licensed Guide

CA $18

With a National Licensed and Experienced English speaking guide, this short trip is a fantastic and great value way of experiencing Gion district! We are here to help you discover new things, places and experiences in Gion.

Gion night Food Tour - 10 course Kaiseki Experience in Kyoto
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Gion night Food Tour - 10 course Kaiseki Experience in Kyoto

CA $257

Our Kyoto Night Food Tour through Gion and Shirakawa is a celebration of Japanese traditional culture and Kaiseki cuisine. A multi-course, multi-flavored Japanese dinnerthat flawlessly mixes global and local flavors to produce some of the most delicious dishes on the planet.

Small-Group Lanes & Lanterns Walking Tour
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Small-Group Lanes & Lanterns Walking Tour

CA $114

Kyoto's magical atmosphere twinkles to life as the sun goes down, when bright neon lights glow alongside paper lanterns. Set out with a guide to experience the city by night, scoping out age-old shrines, admiring modern art and long-standing structures, and sampling some of the city's best street food.

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

CA $130

You and no more than five others will explore the local foods and entertainment districts of Kyoto on a not-so-standard, all-inclusive walking and eating nighttime tour! You'll mingle with locals, eat regional specialties at two different standing bar/restaurants, and be given a visual feast of a primer on the various nightlife scenes in Kyoto, from geiko (a.

Kyoto Night Foodie Tour
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Kyoto Night Foodie Tour

CA $136

We'll walk around the Gion area and head to the first izakaya. On the streets, we'll see many old Kyoto-style buildings with machiya architecture, as well as tea houses. At the first location, we'll enjoy Kyoto vegetables or meats with simple seasoning in order to taste the ingredient's pure flavors.

Japanese tea ceremony GION MAIKYA in Kyoto, (casual clothes)
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Japanese tea ceremony GION MAIKYA in Kyoto, (casual clothes)

CA $41

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: TEA CEREMONY MUSEUM & EXPERIENCE GION MAIKOYA, 3F, 576, 祇園町南側 東山区 京都市 京都府 605-0074, Japan TEA CEREMONY MUSEUM & EXPERIENCE GION MAIKOYA Duration: 40 minutes

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Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

Known for Temple, Culture, Flower

5/5(6 reviews)

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