Hanamikoji Street

Hanamikoji Street © Iry

What is Hanamikoji Street

Old teashops line the street and Maiko and Geisha walk the streets gracefully. When thinking of Kyoto, the famous Gion red-light district comes to mind. The main street of Gion is Hanamikoji Street. It street has a nostalgic feel, as if it was right out of an old sepia colored photograph.

Hanamikoji Street runs north to south through the north area of Higashiyama-ku district. To the north is Sanjyo-dori Street and to the south is Kennin-ji Temple and is 1.4 km in length. Shijyo-dori Street on the north side has contemporary entertainment such as bars and pubs, the south area is more of a traditional red-light district. What was originally the main approach to the Kennin-ji Temple turned into a street lined with teashops and has been developed into a special area where historical landscape is preserved. Visitors can enjoy a stroll along this street with a traditionally Kyoto feel.

Walk from Kennin-ji Temple

Start by visiting Kennin-ji Temple (founded in 1202) then head north. Immediately to the right is the Miyako Odori theater called Gion Koubukaburenjo. Next to the theater is the Yasaka Hall which has a "Gion Corner" where visitors can enjoy traditional Japanese performing arts such as tea ceremonies, flower arrangement, and music (Winter season admission fee is 3150 yen per adult. Performances are held Friday, Saturday and Sundays. Closed on holidays). In addition, visiting the alleys next to Hanamikoji Street, gives a deeper sense of the Gion area.

Hanamikoji Street has a unique atmosphere and is lined with buildings decorated in red colored trim, and bamboo preserving the wall under eaves. There are teashops and long established restaurants, and shops selling sweets. Not all stores are upscale so visitors can casually enjoy the nostalgic atmosphere while trying Kyoto cuisine.


3 minute walk from Gion-shijo Station on the Keihan Train. 3 minute walk from the "Gion" stop on the city bus.

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Description: Hanamikoji Street

Sights Hanamikoji Street (祇園花見小路通)
Address Gion-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
Phone / Fax Phone:
Duration 40Minutes
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Hanamikoji Street