GionKyoto

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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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
P3,127
per night
22 Oct - 23 Oct

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! (733 reviews)

"Starbucks attached to the hotel. Had a great price for an amazing experience! Wonderful staff."…"

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
Kyoto Granbell Hotel
Kyoto Granbell Hotel
3 out of 5
27 Yamatocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
P7,740
per night
31 Oct - 1 Nov

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! (426 reviews)

"Best hotel I ever stay in Kyoto and good location . Good price . I love everything here. Onsen is very modern and good look."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Kyoto Granbell Hotel
TSUKIMI HOTEL
TSUKIMI HOTEL
2.5 out of 5
21 Tsukimicho, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto
P2,131
per night
22 Oct - 23 Oct

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (43 reviews)
Great capsule hotel

"For a capsule hotel, this one is excellent. Very clean and comfortable bed. Do NOT rely on the map linked to hotels.com, however. It sent me on a 90 min. goose chase exactly when I was most exhausted from travel."…"

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2019

TSUKIMI HOTEL
Hotel ALZA KYOTO
Hotel ALZA KYOTO
4 out of 5
3-33, Benzaitencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
P11,730
per night
10 Nov - 11 Nov

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! (50 reviews)

"The room was big and very comfort. We did not like the breakfast. The location is very good."…"

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2019

Hotel ALZA KYOTO
Gion Hatanaka
Gion Hatanaka
4 out of 5
P19,779
per night
19 Oct - 20 Oct

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

4.6/5Exceptional! (200 reviews)

"What a fantastic place to stay. The location, history, and staff combine to make it the perfect place to stay in Kyoto"…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2019

Gion Hatanaka
Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE
Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE
4 out of 5
502 Washio-cho, Shimogawara, Gion, Kyoto, Kyoto
P8,470
per night
15 Nov - 16 Nov

Located in Gion, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Yasaka Shrine and Gion Corner. Kiyomizu Temple and Heian Shrine are also within 1 mi (2 km). Higashiyama ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (133 reviews)

"The staff were so lovely, they held our bags all day because we were leaving late and they even gave us a little parting gift when we checked out."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Kyoto Ryokan SAKANOUE

Popular things to do in Gion

Yasaka Shrine
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Yasaka Shrine

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

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

P724

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

P10,229

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

P4,524

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.

Kyoto Night Foodie Tour
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Kyoto Night Foodie Tour

P5,807

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.

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

P5,178

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 Casual Evening Pontocho Food Tour with a Local guide
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Kyoto Casual Evening Pontocho Food Tour with a Local guide

P7,985

Enjoy a walking tour of Pontocho and Gion Shirakawa, two of Kyoto’s most charming and historic areas.Travel back in time to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes in this rustic neighborhood. Discover tea houses, restaurants, and charming sights to see around every corner.

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