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GionKyoto

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.


Popular places to visit 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 things to do in Gion

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

P2,339
Per adult
Lonely Planet Experiences: Kyoto Evening Tour With A Local
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Kyoto Evening Tour With A Local

P5,263
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84% of travellers recommend
Geisha(maiko) Tea Ceremony & Show inGeisha Experience Gion M
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Geisha(maiko) Tea Ceremony & Show inGeisha Experience Gion M

P5,847
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Nighttime Local Eats and Streets in Old Kyoto
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Nighttime Local Eats and Streets in Old Kyoto

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Kyoto Night Foodie Tour
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Kyoto Night Foodie Tour

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Kyoto Underground Tour
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Kyoto Underground Tour

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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
The price is P2,287 per night

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 ...

4/5Very Good! (863 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
Hotel ALZA KYOTO
Hotel ALZA KYOTO
4 out of 5
3-33, Benzaitencho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is P5,641 per night

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! (84 reviews)

"Wonderful boutique hotel in a great location with comfortable large rooms. Lots of little touches to the room made our stay very relaxing. Fantastic in room breakfast and service oriented staff"…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Hotel ALZA KYOTO
Kyoto Granbell Hotel
Kyoto Granbell Hotel
3 out of 5
27 Yamatocho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto

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! (534 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
Luxury hotel SOWAKA
Luxury hotel SOWAKA
4 out of 5
480 Kiyoi-cho, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is P16,866 per night

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. Gion-shijo ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (31 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
HOTEL THE CELESTINE KYOTO GION
HOTEL THE CELESTINE KYOTO GION
4 out of 5
The price is P7,865 per night

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (444 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

HOTEL THE CELESTINE KYOTO GION
Roanne Higashiyama
Roanne Higashiyama
3 out of 5

Located in Gion, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Kawaramachi, Nishiki Market and Kiyomizu Temple. Kyoto Tower and Kyoto University are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Explorando Kyoto.

"Local de excelente localização. Perto a pé, da maioria das atrações de kyoto. Proprietário muito gentil e prestativo faz de tudo para atender os hospedes. Local de facil acesso às atrações noturnas. E facilidade de compras, lojas , Mercados kombinis etc. Em resumo gostamos muito e recomendamos."…"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2020

Roanne Higashiyama

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