Shinbashi Dori
Shinbashi Dori
4.5

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The area
Neighbourhood: Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.

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Della G
Coquitlam, Canada808 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We have strolled this area both during the day and in the evening. However, our family enjoyed the evening stroll more so. More lively in the evening, the lights of the restaurants and bars are more welcoming. Something magical wandering around this area at night amongst lit lamps, lanterns and tree wrapped in white Xmas lights!
Written 1 August 2020
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Juhi K
Sydney, Australia426 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We visited at night and it was so peaceful. The bridge is picture perfect in night and great to take a stroll.
Written 25 December 2019
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Byngette
Woodstock, Canada4,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
We came here one evening around 8:30 at night when it was dark and all of the little lights were on outside the buildings and reflecting off of the water along the street. It was absolutely beautiful and very peaceful. We were hoping to find a bar that was open along the water, but there didn't seem to be too much. A couple restaurants here and there were open, but they seemed to be pretty fancy places.
We were happy to walk slowly down the street and take photos before heading back to the hotel for the night, but were a bit dissapointed that nothing was open in this area.
I'm sure that this place would be better during the day when the shops and cafes are open and the geishas are walking around.
Written 14 September 2019
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emma
World434 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
One of the many beautiful streets of gion. Nice to walk and get lost in the streets. Full of shops of souvenirs and tourists.
Written 28 August 2019
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Dana Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA1,300 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
A special place in Kyoto, providing the visitor with a feeling of place and wonder. Perhaps best visited during off season to avoid waves of tourists
Written 28 July 2019
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Camper10829321017
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Best to take a tour guide, the local knowledge makes you appreciate it a lot more. We saw the house where real Geisha still reside. I found it intriguing.
Written 26 June 2019
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Travelbug291
Bribie Island, Australia942 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Headed to the Gion district in the hope of seeing Geisha's. Seems we were much to early in the day, much more likely to see them in numbers of an evening. The whole area very interesting regardless. Many older Tea houses in the area.
Written 19 June 2019
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Jemkh
Melbourne, Australia627 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Come early in the morning to avoid the crowds but be immersed with the culture and history of the buildings around Shinbashi Dori and it's surrounds!
Written 18 May 2019
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Levi
55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
this place is fantastic. it really gives you a real flavor to the local culture and atmosphere. its a must while in town.
Written 25 April 2019
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JohnSMah
Vancouver, Canada158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
This lane its a MUST SEE and walk thru. This is part of the real Japan and many Japanese wear their kimonos. And although there can be many people, everyone is very respectful and not intrusive. And it's not overly noisy either as the Japanese are quiet.
Written 15 April 2019
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