Various parts of Kyoto have different vibes. Cherry blossoms line the beautiful Kamo River, also an excellent location for a nice walk. On one side of the river, there’s the historical district of Gion, and on the other side is the Shijo-Kawaramachi, the downtown area of Kyoto. Gion is famous for maiko, geisha, ochaya (tea houses where maiko and geisha work) and Minami-za (Kabuki Theater). Stone pavement of Gion looks extra beautiful during spring season. In the northern part of Gion is the Shirakawa River area where many gather to enjoy the scenery and take pictures. The canal is lined with narrow streets, and the area is full of high-end restaurants and ochaya tea houses. People visit this area because the incredible scenery of the area represents Kyoto. During the cherry blossom season, the area flourishes so beautifully and creates wonderful scenery for photographers. There is a good chance of running into a maiko or a geisha in this area.