Gion District Walking Tour

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Gion District Walking Tour is a 5.0 kilometer out and back trail located near 乙訓郡, Kyoto, Japan. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking.

DISTANCE
5 km
ELEVATION GAIN
159 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

The Gion is made famous for it's Giesha (sometimes known as Geiko or Geigi), traditional female Japanese entertainers, whose skills include various Japanese arts as classic music and dance.There are also Maiko (Geisha in training) who, dressed in full regalia, can be seen in the evenings as they move-about through the streets of Gion. Then there are the Machiya (old style Japanese town-houses), faithfully restored to their former glory, along with the many Ochaya (tea-houses). The Gion district was developed in the Middle-Ages, in an area in front of Yasaka Shrine, and it's main purpose was to accommodate the needs of travelers and visitors to the shrine. Construction of Yasaka Shrine (once called Gion Shrine) commenced in 656,and soon became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian Period (794-1185). Commencing at the intersection of Shijo-dori (Shijo Avenue) and Kawabata-dori (Kawabata Street), you will make your way to Yasaka Shrine, directly in front of you on Shijo-dori. From here you progress to the Hanami-koji Area, with it's many restaurants and the Kennin-ji Temple. Then you will backtrack to the Shirakawa Area, with the Shirakawa Canal running-through it's centre. The canal is lined with willow trees, with many high-class restaurants and Ochaya overlooking the canal. Then it is off to the Pontocho Area, a narrow street across the Kamo-gawa (Kamo River), with it's tightly-packed restaurants and bars.