Gion – Kyoto

The OG Geisha Town of Kyoto. Gion! After visiting the Fushimi Inari Shrine, we visited the nearby town of Gion. That architecture here is Edo style. Many foreigners rent outfits like kimonos and take lots of photos and walk around Hanamikoji Street. If you are headed south on Hanamikoji Street, you’ll arrive at Kennin-ji Temple which claims to be the oldest Zen temple in Kyoto.


Gion (祇園?, ぎおん) is a district of Kyoto, Japan, originally developed in the Middle Ages, in front of Yasaka Shrine (Gion Shrine). The district was built to accommodate the needs of travelers and visitors to the shrine. It eventually evolved to become one of the most exclusive and well-known geisha districts in all of Japan. The term Gion is related to Jetavana.

The geisha in Kyoto do not refer to themselves as geisha; instead, they use the local term geiko. While the term geisha means “artist” or “person of the arts”, the more direct term geiko means essentially “a woman of art”.Wikipedia

By the time the sun was gone, Mandu and I were super tired. Feet were burning, and every step we took felt like walking on sharp rocks. Time to head home! Shinkansen back to Tokyo~