Central Kyoto

Gion and downtown

The heart of Kyoto is made of small districts of the former imperial capital: Kamigyo, Nakagyo and Shimogyo. It is also the home of Japan’s Shogun and Emperors’ former residencies during the Edo period, as well as the historical district of Gion, up until Kyoto train station.

The famous expression remains a little clumsy and too much heard , but Kyoto’s city center and the districts composing it have this delightful ability to mix the essential tradition and the particularly chased contemporary world.

We will obviously think about the unavoidable Gion and its little streets where wander the delicate local Geishas and their apprentices named Maikos, only a few meters away from Shijo avenue, up to the never-ending shoping arcades of Kawaramachi.

A perfectly balanced mix, totally Kyoto-spirited, offering, depending on the moment of the day or night, diverse and charming atmospheres.

The heart of the city, to be discovered body and soul, unleashed.

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