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Kyoto Gion Shirakawa Street

Charming cherry tree walkway along a stream

Gion Shirakawa is in the entertainment district near Yasaka Shrine. Traditional wooden houses, restaurants and teahouses (machiya) along the stream create a special atmosphere. Especially in spring, pink flowers of cherry trees and fresh green weeping willows show a nice contrast. If you are lucky, you might see some wedding couples in kimono, geisha or maiko on the street. They have a light-up event in the sakura season. Cherry blossoms in the daytime are colorful and cheerful, but in the nighttime, they show us their glamorous side!