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Very comfortable room. It's a dorm, but each bed is separated by a wall, so feels like you have your private room. Each dorm has a bathroom. Toiletries are provided. Everything is very clean and sparkling new. Simple breakfast (toast with jam) included. Tea/ coffee...More
We really enjoyed our stay here. We had a very big room including a balcony and en suite bathroom and toilet. It is not a typical hotel but a hostle offering a basic breakfast and the employees are very helpful. It is located in a...More
Me and my wife had a great stay at Friends Kyo. We had the twin room and the experience was excellent - in fact it was better than most hotels we went to in Japan. The twin room is large and quiet if you want...More
We loved this place. My family of four stayed here for a few nights while in Kyoto. It was perfect - from the people working there (incredibly nice, helpful, gracious) to the location (excellent location in gion, near river, restaurants, shops, bus stops), to the...More
This hostel is extremely well located and value for money given its location. You have access to all of Gion by foot, Kiyomizu temple is also within 20 min by foot, the main shopping street is also within walking distance. During Gion Matsuri, you can...More
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Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > 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.