If you walk around Gion area you will see many sights to interest and charm you. Probably everyone hopes to see a geisha, and perhaps you will, although she may not be genuine - she may be a dressed up tourist! Mysterious and elegant restaurants are plentiful, and rickshaws are a common sight. Don't miss Gion's cute old post office and or Minami Shirakawa Dori, or the small shrine opposite Minamiza theater. However I don't recommend the okonomiyaki at the interesting looking restaurant next to the shrine. Look around, but eat somewhere else!
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I came to Japan in 2003 to teach English. I lived in Shiga prefecture for one year, and it still holds a special place in my heart. I lived in Kyoto for nine years, then moved to Machida, Tokyo in 2014 after meeting my Japanese partner. I love to take photos, and my Japan in Pictures Facebook page has some 40,000 followers. I have been the Regional Partner for Yamanashi Prefecture since 2014. I am enjoying exploring the prefectures around Tokyo (I like to get off the beaten track), and I hope the photos and stories I share will encourage more people to discover this wonderful country.