Area Guide
Picturesque scenery are everywhere!

Gion & Kiyomizu Temple

Geisha (Maiko and Geigi) walk the stone-paved streets through scenery brimming with traditional Japanese elegance. Rickshaws pass by in front of a majestic five-story pagoda framed by the blue sky. Amid cherry blossoms at full bloom …moreor the crimson fall foliage, the impressiveness of Kiyomizu-dera Temple stands out all the more.
Take just a short walk, and the picturesque scenery will stop you in your tracks, unable to resist capturing it with your camera.
This area includes Gion, Kyoto’s largest hanamachi (the areas of Kyoto where geisha live), Kiyomizu-dera Temple, and Maruyama Park, and it bustles with sightseers from Japan and abroad no matter the season.
Packed with famous stores and long-standing restaurants serving traditional Kyoto cuisine, this area is also a hotspot for sweets shops where customers line up for matcha parfaits and other treats, making it one of Kyoto’s top gourmet areas as well.
During the cherry blossom season in spring, many people visit to see the cherry blossoms at night at Maruyama Park, Kyoto’s oldest park.
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