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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.
Kennin-ji Temple is right in the heart of Gion and one of the best temples that we visited. The gardens around the temple are lovely to walk through but the highlight is inside the temple where you will see lovely zen gardens and beautiful art pieces.
Don't miss this temple!
Yasaka Shrine was founded in 7th century and is easy to find at the end of Shijo-dori. There is a large entrance gate from the main road then you pass under a torii gate before reaching the compound. In front of you will be the main hall, easily recognised by all the lanterns that are hanging round the perimeter. Apparently...
Walking through this street definitely will give you a sense that you are walking straight back in time thousands of years ago. It still have its charm and is very well preserved all these years. If only the street and the walls could talk ......
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
reviewed 1 week ago by ksarman
if you need to break one lunk with someone
but you still have some feelings for her or him
go to that place
normally if you respect the ceremonie and process....dont have back pain....
your wish ll come true
Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
reviewed 18 May 2017 by michelea78
The theater perfomance was great. It gave an inside glimp for the real Japanese culture.
Some different short performances were ver nice performed with english translation.
We recommand, that you come early in line, because of getting tickets in time.
One of those meals that you won’t ever forget. Reserve a table here as it’s a small place and we couldn’t get a table for the first night in Kyoto, so booked for the next day. Located near the Yasaka Shrine, this place is in a basement with 2 tables and space at the bar. The host couple are wonderful....
If you'd like a fun "happy hour" in Kyoto, come to Wadachi when they open and try and get the back table for your group. That's what we did, and we had a great evening ordering up all the delicious small plates. Just as good is sampling the sake. The sake menu has colorful descriptions of all the sakes, including...
Unprepossessing from the outside, great inside. Ramen was delicious, with a wide range. Also gave us the opportunity of ordering by a machine. Easy to pass by. Extremely reasonable. Staff welcoming and the food freshly prepared in front of us. Highly recommend it for a tasty, quick supper.
we booked at last minute just because we passed by
we are not disppointed
we were at the first floor on private dinning room
service was little bit too long bit it was ok
one of each tried the Kobe Waggyu tasting menu
it was so good
200 grammes of beef
a la carte it s 130 grs
Small boutique hotel, furnished with antic furniture, with gorgeous flower arrangements in open spaces , amazing staff , ready to help and give advice in any subject. Thanks to their recommandations we experienced 2 outstanding chefs restaurants.
The breakfast is extremely tasty, including quality coffee , which is hard to find in Japanese hotels, room comfortable with chic, (we were...
Staying here was one of the highlights of our trip. Words can't explain how sad we were to leave. The food was great and rooms were so beautiful and comfortable! Most of all the hospitality was just fantastic and left us with such a memorable stay. We stayed here in December of 2016 over Christmas and I am writing this...
What a perfect hotel! Our family of three adults fell in love with it. Lovely, inviting rooms with sparkling ultra-modern bathrooms and large comfortable beds. Best of all was the wonderful, enthusiastic staff--always greeting us with a smile and a bow. They offer a free tour of Gion on certain nights. The hotel is walking distance to many restaurants, shops,...
This was our first experience staying in a Ryokan and generally I’d recommend it, especially when in Kyoto. We only stayed 1 night which, is definitely enough. From various reviews I had read prior to booking this one I decided to spend the extra $$$ as many of the others seemed either ‘strict’ with curfews etc or a bit ‘rough’...
Genuine japanese experience in a traditional ryokan. Staff is very attentive and constantly asks you if everything is ok. For breakfast and dinner you get very traditional food, unknown to most western tourists, you can also choose to have a western meal if you prefer. You have your room transformed into a bedroom with a fouton bed.
Communication can be...