Nov. 09, 2017 UPDATE

Time to change to a kimono and go for a walk in Gion!

Among the sightseeing spots of Kyoto, one of the most popular ones is Gion. But do you know why Gion is known as the geisha district of Kyoto? And what is the difference between maiko and geisha, or geiko as they are called in Kyoto? We are going to find out, and on the way we are also going to rent a kimono, go to the shrines and temples of Gion, and finish with some fine dining establishments with Michelin stars. So, it is time to start our trip to the traditional hanamachi of Gion!
Part 1First, a little bit about the Gion of the geisha and maiko, hanamachi
Gion is one of the most famous areas for sightseeing in Kyoto, and indeed in Japan. There are many traditional Japanese restaurants in machiya-style town houses in Gion, so it’s no wonder this traditional area is on everyone’s list when they come to Kyoto. Gion is also …
Part 2Rent a kimono and feel Japanese for a day in Gion!
As you just read, Gion is the most famous Hamachi in Kyoto, so you stand a chance to see a real maiko. But you probably also want to wear a kimono yourself too and walk around Gion like a local. There are really many places around Gion that offer kimono rentals, but …
Part 3The traditional shrines and temples of Gion
When you get to Gion, you have to go to the temples and shrines, just as you have to have a matcha sundae and see a maiko. Clasping your hands together, throwing a 5-yen coin into the box and ringing the bell is something everyone probably wants to try if …
Part 4Traditional kaiseki restaurants in the alleys of Gion
There are many restaurants located in the alleys of Gion, most of them offering Japanese cuisine. The traditional kaiseki cuisine is what Kyoto is famous for, and many of the greatest in this style can be found in Kyoto. Kaiseki restaurants take the four seasons of Japan seriously and …
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