When darkness falls over Kyoto, it's time to leave the more westernised shops and restaurants of Kawaramachi street and stroll towards the Gion and Pontocho districts on the banks of the Kamo river. As you penetrate the narrow lanes and alleys, it's hard to realise that some of these little streets and streams were described in the 'Tale of the Genji', Japan's first novel written just over a thousand years ago. For a more up-to-date description of the district, read Arthur Golden's bestseller, 'Memoirs of a Geisha'.
The Gion district is the most famous one for having active nightlife, restaurant and clubs. It is most popular with tourist as it is also know of the district of the Geisha's.
Gion area was famous for Geisha. I recommend you to read Memoirs of a Geisha written by Arthur Golden. It's my favourite novel and when you come to Gion area, you will recall all content you read.
A walk through the Gion district of the Geisha, can reveal pleasing surprises, specially if you wander off into the back streets. This is a maiko, an apprentice geisha.
The area to see some of the real Kyoto traditions is Gion. At night one can encounter a maiko going to her appointment here.
But you will be not the only tourist trying to take pictures of them !
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