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Gion is located at the heart of Central Kyoto, in an area near Yasaka-jinja Shrine. It was named after "Gionsha Shrine," the former name of Yasaka-jinja Shrine. Gion is the leading downtown district in Kyoto where you can find maiko and geisha.
It stretches north from Shirakawaminami-dori Street/Shimbashi-dori Street to Donguri-dori Street to the south, and west from Yamato-oji to Higashi-oji to the east. Tea houses were first built here during the Edo Period. A stone monument inscribed with a poem by Isamu Yoshi, a beloved Gion poet, can be found along Shirakawa River. On the south side bordering Shijo-dori Street, you'll find rows of tea houses that create a picturesque townscape, while the north side, lined with restaurants and bars, turns into an entertainment district.
On September 4, 1976, Gion was selected as a Kyoto City Gion Shimbashi Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings (Chayamachi) and as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

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Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City


◆Get off at Gion-Shijo Station on the Keihan Main Line
◆Get off at Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line

Access to Kyoto by the Sea

Access to Kyoto in the Forests

Access to Kyoto Infused with Tea

Access to Kyoto Otokuni Bamboo Grove

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