This district is famous for its geisha: modern day versions of the courtesans of Edo Japan. You’ll find them wandering the streets, often posing for photos (they’re very gracious). Beyond the geisha, the area also has some of the best traditional tea houses — the things that made Gion famous — in Kyoto. When you visit, make sure to walk along Shirakawa, one of the most beautiful Edo areas in Japan, especially at night.

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