Hanamikoji Street
Hanamikoji Street
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Neighborhood: Gion
Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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Erico2709
Singapore, Singapore2,425 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
It is quite an odd feeling walking along this street. On the one hand, you see all these rich in history quaint houses which goes back ages, at the same time, your quite stroll is interrupted by cars or policemen around you making sure you stay out of their way. One can imagine in the old times when there were no cars then, really surreal.
Written July 25, 2023
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carloscharmy
Bangkok, Thailand703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Hanamikoji Street is a captivating gem in Kyoto! Witnessing two geishas around 6 pm was a memorable experience. It's essential to respect their privacy and refrain from taking pictures, as they deserve to enjoy their work without intrusion. The charming shops and restaurants add to the street's allure, making it a delightful and culturally rich destination to explore.
Written July 22, 2023
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G2Kpauly
Melbourne, Australia1,952 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
I wandered through this street on the way to a temple. It's quite interesting and has an old school vibe. Not as cool as I thought it would be though.
Written May 28, 2023
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Orator11
Singapore, Singapore5,358 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Each time we visit Kyoto, this would be the last part of the trip. Around 4 - 5 pm, there are more people walking about after the noon heat has died down.

There are always several young girls dressed in kiminos, with their young men, but these are often not geishas - mostly tourists dressing up for a photo, even though it is clearly marked that photography is prohibited. Perhaps it is more that you should not take photographs of things inside the house, as privacy is important.

Once in a while, you can see a geisha under training, with her white painted face and being escorted by at least one senior lady.

The street iself is lined with old houses, some of which have been converted into restaurants or theatres, but all of which are historical and ancient. The street ends at a temple/shrine, which is popular with visitors.
Written May 18, 2023
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A O
Chantilly, VA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Very authentic Japanese old style small alley has really great atmosphere.
You’ll enjoy walking around there!
Written April 3, 2023
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Construct37
Whittier, CA897 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This place is usually so crowded that it is not a great use of your time. However, directly after Japan reopened it was remarkable pleasant to walk around. There are many similar streets around Japan which are not nearly as impacted by tourists and judging by all the signage, the locals struggle with the crowds on a daily basis.
Written November 23, 2022
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GoGo2SlowGo
Denton, TX1,537 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
Hanamikoji is in the Gion district and is known as the geisha district. The area has traditional wooden merchant houses, machiya, and quaint ochaya, or tea-houses.
The historic architecture of Hanamikoji Street is one of its highlights, particularly the prevalence of its machiya, or wooden merchant homes, which feature narrow facades. Now, these homes are mainly restaurants where you can sample local cuisine prepared in Kyoto style. Tucked in between these machiya are also ochaya, or teahouses, where you can learn more about Japanese heritage during a tea ceremony with a geisha.
We saw many women dressed in geisha style and there were stores that provided a geisha makeover for the day.
We enjoyed the tea ceremony but my wife passed on the geisha makeover. This is still worth your time.
Written February 20, 2020
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alberto and his suprbikego
Takarazuka, Japan58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I had two hours free time so I cam here no cars,I always feel back 200 or 300 years ago. Extremely nice if the weather is friendly
Written December 8, 2019
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Robprad
Mexico City, Mexico170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
What a beautiful street, a lot of fun to walk around and a perfect taste of Japan and Kyoto. Many small stores with a beautiful Japanese architecture, offering a wide array of products and Japanese food. It would be a great mistake to miss this charming street.
Written November 12, 2019
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kormensandiego
Manila, Philippines777 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We stayed in a ryokan in the Gion area so we got the opportunity to walk around here at night as well. It's a lovely walk and best of all, rid of all the hoards of tourists. If you're going to spot geishas or maikos, come around 4 or 5pm, which is the best time. But honestly with the hoards of tourists running after the geishas, it gives a really bad name to visitors to the area. Instead, enjoy a slow walk after all the tourists have left. If you walk by late at night, you'll also find an occasional maiko or two who's headed back after their evening engagements. You get to appreciate the normal life here and see them in their normal environment. They are also more relaxed compared to the afternoon when they go to work as they try to avoid the tourist groups who hang out to "hunt" them. We didn't even realize at first but we saw a couple of them, with full makeup and dressed in their kimonos just outside the restaurants. There are also dim lights outside of the wooden houses, which gives a nice warm glow to the area.
Written November 5, 2019
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