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The Shirakawa flowing through Gion

Willows and wooden machiya beside the Shirakawa

Gion is a fascinating area, and one of my favorite parts is Minami-Shirakawa Street, which follows beside the river, under willow trees, past wooden machiya and historic bridges. There are many traditional inns and restaurants beside the river, and you stand a very good chance of of sighting geisha and maiko. You're almost certain to see rickshaws too. Don't forget to take your camera!

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