Gion is a famous arts and entertainment district in the middle of Kyoto, Japan. The district was originally built in the Middle Ages to accommodate travelers and visitors to Yasaka Shrine, which it stands in front of. It later turned into a geisha district with teahouses, restaurants, and bars. It has a significant number of traditional wooden machiya merchant houses. There are two hanamachi (geisha districts) here: Gion Kobu and Gion Higashi. Part of the district has been declared a national historical preservation district, and while the number of geisha in the area has decreased over the years, it is still an important architectural and entertainment location. In particular, the area of Hanami-koji Street from Shijo Avenue to Kenninji Temple is the most popular area of Gion. Its streets and alleys contain nice restaurants serving local and international food and pretty machiya houses.
Opening Hours: whole day
Entrance Ticket: free
Address: 605-1, Chikamachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City