2017 Mar 31
- Visited: Friday 5 PM
- Link: Tripadvisor
Gion is a very traditional-looking neighbourhood in Kyoto where there are restaurants with entertainment from real Geisha. I didn’t eat here but the streets were beautiful, even in rain.
There were lots of tourists dressed up in Kimono, which made the sights even more interesting. Kimono rental is around JPY 4000 (~ USD 36) and I think it would be an interesting experience for both men and women. I sometimes saw long lines outside Kimono rental shops near Gion, but apparently some stores do take reservation online.
There was a store with a huge lineup for the cashier, so I became curious and went in. It was a cosmetics store, called Yojiya, popular for its oil sheets. It was very expensive so I didn’t buy anything.
Close to Gion district there were two other popular streets (Tripadvisor link). Sannenzaka (3-year-hill) and Ninenzaka (2-year-hill) were also very traditional looking and pretty. Apparently if you fall on those streets, you will die within 3 years (Sannenzaka) or 2 years (Ninenzaka). Gladly I didn’t trip or fall but I wonder who came up with such scary stories. Apparently, according to Lonely Planet, the names (3-year-hill and 2-year-hill) refers to the imperial year they were built.
Unfortunately I couldn’t take good pictures due to so many umbrellas, but I did go back for a quick picture on the way to Kiyomizudera couple days after.
I loved how traditional and well-preserved the neighbourhood looked. It was pretty crowded with tourists everywhere, so if I go back I would visit early morning.