Gion 祇園

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Gion 祇園 Kyoto Reviews

andreakw andreakw
7 reviews
The Geisha-spotting Zone Jul 17, 2009
The dinner hour, after sunset, is the best time to try to catch sight of an elusive maiko. South of Shijo, to the west of the river is Gion's geisha hot spot. There are also many beautiful traditional shop fronts along this cobblestoned street.
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Old part of Kyoto and the place to spot geishas and maikos Oct 03, 2008
Gion is the old part of the city of Kyoto and it's located in the east. The area is surrounded by several temples and shrines.

I've been here 3 times and on 2 times, I've been succesful at capturing a geisha with my camera. One time was late in the afternoon and the other time in the early evening, which are the best times to spot a geisha or a maiko.

The difference between a geisha and a maiko is that a maiko is an apprentice geisha, learning the "job". You can spot the difference by the kimono. A maiko's kimono is more brighter and colourful then a geisha's kimono.

But Gion has more to offer then spotting geishas and maikos. The cobblestone streets make for a nice walk around the area, where you can find small & traditional houses, bars & restaurants and it's an escape from the more modern side of Kyoto.

I felt somewhat back in time, while walking through the sometimes small streets, really enjoying the quiet atmosphere the place offers. And it wasn't as crowded as I thought it would be. I can really recommend people to wander around for a while there and who knows, you might bump into a geisha!
Main street in Gion
Small street
Old house
Small statue
hime hime
4 reviews
Oct 03, 2007
One of the top 3 biggest festivals in Japan.

Parade is a climax. But!!

There are many things to see!

Geisha girls, shrines, temples, bridges, gardens, mountains and cafe...

The festival goes on for 1 month.

During the term, there are parades several times around Yasaka shrine.
travelman727 says:
Very nice review! Your pictures bring back many happy memories :-D
Posted on: Nov 12, 2007
Aopaq says:
I guess your photos must be of the Yamaboko Jyunkou? The history of the Gion Festival is really fascinating. Thanks for doing this review!
Posted on: Oct 03, 2007

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