Gion is the most famous geisha district of Kyoto, where you stand a chance to see a maiko
Gion is a famous geisha district in Kyoto where you stand a chance to see a real geisha. Tea houses and Japanese restaurants line the streets and give you a feeling of really being in Kyoto. Shops renovated from old houses can be found on Hanami-koji Street. Yasaka Pagoda, the third highest wooden building in Kyoto, in Hokan-ji Temple is a landmark in Gion and a great place to take pictures. The area of Gion developed to serve the needs of visitors to Yasaka Shrine, and started to flourish during the Meiji period (1868-1912). Now it is always busy with tourists. The district is designated as a historical landscape preservation zone, and walking here you had flown back in time to the Meiji period. Walking on the stone pavement, you will feel like you were a samurai or a gorgeous maiko (apprentice geisha) of the days gone past.