Gion is a walkable, family-friendly neighborhood with convenient options for restaurants. Many visitors come for its beautiful outdoor settings, especially the parks. With hotels and holiday apartments to suit everyone's tastes, Gion serves as a good starting point for exploring the greater Kyoto area.
Sightseeing around Gion
The area's storied past is told through its monuments and historic sites, while the museums provide some cultural flavor. Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyoto Gion Lamp Museum, and Ryozen Museum of History feature captivating exhibits. Attractions like Gion Corner, Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre, and Samurai Kembu Theater can be part of your cultural tour. Monuments like Yasaka Shrine, Kenninji Temple, and Kodaiji Temple are well regarded. Notable landmarks include Yasui Konpiragu, Ryosokuin, and Daiunin Temple. Kyoto Municipal Zoo, Murin-an, and Nanzenin Garden are family favorites.
Popular activities in the area include shopping, biking, and sightseeing. Local parks like Maruyama Park, Shoseien Garden, and Shinsenen are peaceful spots. At Shusuitei Tea House, Mount Atago, and Yamadaike Park, take some time to really appreciate nature. Plan to do some shopping while in town? Consider Aeon Mall Kyoto, Aeon Mall Kusatsu, and Aeon Mall Kumiyama. If you have some more time, pay a visit to Nishikyogoku Athletic Stadium, Shozan Resort Kyoto, or Kyoto Racecourse.
Don't miss some of the area's most popular attractions, such as Kiyomizu Temple, Nijo Castle, and Kyoto Imperial Palace. Entokuin Temple, Gesshinin, and Reigenin are other must-sees.
Getting around Gion
If you want to head out of town, you can hop aboard a train at Kyoto Gion-Shijo Station.
At 24 miles (38.6 km), Osaka (ITM-Itami) is the closest major airport to Gion. Kobe (UKB) is the next closest airport, 40 miles (64.4 km) away.