Filled with temples and traditional architecture, the Gion district embodies the history and culture of Japan's Edo period. This district of Kyoto is perhaps Japan's most famous geisha district as well.


Originally, the geisha population of Gion arose to provide entertainment to pilgrims traveling to Kyoto's shrines. Today, at certain restaurants and bars, tourists can still experience this same kabuki-style entertainment.


For travelers who want to catch a glimpse of a geisha walking through the city, this is the best place to do it. You can even go a step further, if you'd like, and get a full Geisha makeover!