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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
P5,484
per night
16 Dec - 17 Dec

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
P2,324
per night
23 Dec - 24 Dec

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! (755 reviews)

"Convenient location that is a close to temples, train and subway station (5.mins away), few restaurants nearby, and convenience stores that are sonclose to the hotel. They have a restaurant for breakfast only. Highly recommend this hotel for affordability and convenience!"…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2019

APA Hotel Kyoto Gion EXCELLENT
TSUKIMI HOTEL
TSUKIMI HOTEL
2.5 out of 5
21 Tsukimicho, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto
P1,938
per night
2 Jan - 3 Jan

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! (53 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 ALZA KYOTO
Hotel ALZA KYOTO
4 out of 5
3-33, Benzaitencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
P8,365
per night
12 Dec - 13 Dec

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! (61 reviews)

"This is a pretty good hotel in Gion. One thing to note about it is that there is a pretty busy street between the hotel and the river. Subway also runs under this street so sometimes you can hear it very faintly. None of this is visible in photos or description, understandably. I found that my river ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2019

Hotel ALZA KYOTO
Luxury hotel SOWAKA
Luxury hotel SOWAKA
4 out of 5
480 Kiyoi-cho, Kyoto, Kyoto
P15,314
per night
13 Dec - 14 Dec

Located in Gion, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Kodaiji Temple and Maruyama Park. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 15 minutes. Kyoto ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)

"That was such an enjoyable stay at Sowaka. The only thing needs to be improved is the food. I started my breakfast with a cup of instant coffee. It’s a little below the standard of luxury."…"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Luxury hotel SOWAKA
Gion Hatanaka
Gion Hatanaka
4 out of 5
P16,155
per night
20 Dec - 21 Dec

Located in Gion, this ryokan is within a 10-minute walk of Yasaka Shrine, Gion Corner and Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre. Kawaramachi and Pontocho are also within 15 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (210 reviews)

"A beautiful experience of Japanese culture. Our room attendant (Kumon) was exceptional. we were taken care of beyond our expectation!!"…"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2019

Gion Hatanaka

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

P698

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

P9,861

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.

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

P4,977

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.

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

P1,395

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture by learning the steps to a traditional tea ceremony called the Way of Tea. During the hands-on experience, make a powered green tea known as matcha with help from an instructor in an ancient tea ceremony room.

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

P4,361

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 Tea Ceremony & Kiyomizu-dera Temple Walking Tour
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Kyoto Tea Ceremony & Kiyomizu-dera Temple Walking Tour

P4,163

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Pass By: Yasaka Shrine, 625 Giommachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073 Kyoto Prefecture Meet up at Yasaka Shrine Pass By: Yasaka Koshin-Do, 390 Kinencho, Higashiyama-ku across from Hokan-ji Pagoda, Kyoto 605-0828 Kyoto Prefecture Take some pictures at photogenic spot Pass By: Kiyomizu-dera Temple, 1-294 Kiyomizu, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0862 Kyoto Prefecture Go to one of the most famous temples in Japan.

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Sannenzaka Ninenzaka

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Charming craft shops, ceremonious teahouses and tiny cafés spill out from the traditional wooden façades of this historic pair of lanes below Kiyomizu-dera Temple.