Gion Geisha District

Want to see a geisha? Your best bet is to go to Gion. If you are lucky you will see one walking around gion.

Even if you don’t get to see a geisha (also called geiko), Gion offers an interesting sightseeing area, full of old-style buildings, tea shops and restaurants.

Budget travel tips

  • Check out our recommended route in the map below.  But it’s a compact area, so feel free to explore yourself!

  • The restaurants can be expensive here, so be careful!

  • Yasaka Shrine is right next to Gion, so check this out and save on a train fare.

How to get there

From Kyoto station, take the 205 bus to Shijo Kawaramachi, then walk east across the bridge.

From other locations, take the bus to Gion (large bus stop on bus maps).

The nearest train station is Gion Shijo Station on the Keihan Main Line (private line), but usually the buses are better.

Gion Area Map and Recommended Walking route

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Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

Khaosan Kyoto Guest House and Khaosan Kyoto Theater

Khaosan have a load of hostels in Tokyo, and their Kyoto hostels are solid hostel experiences.  Expect polite, excitable staff and really good prices.

Khaosan Kyoto Guest House: Check prices at

Khaosan Kyoto Theater: Check prices at

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Kyoto Accommodation Guide

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.