Gion District

Gion is the geisha district of Kyoto. Colourful kimono hostesses are often visible on the wooden bridge of Tatsumi or near the chic Japanese shops and restaurants on Hanamikoji Street. Gion Corner hosts traditional Kyomai dance performances, while Kennin-ji Temple is known for its Zen garden. The Yasaka Sanctuary organizes seasonal festivals in a courtyard lit by lanterns. The nightlife includes peaceful sake bars and lively izakayas-style pubs.