1.Tatsumi bridge (巽橋)
Tatsumi bridge on Shirakawa River is one of the famous bridges in Gion district because of a scene from the movie ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. This area is popular for Geisha and keeps the retro stone pavements streets, traditional houses along with river. It is a great place for taking pictures both day and night, especially in spring the cherry blossoms make the place more beautiful.
This small shrine is located near Tatsumi bridge, make this area more picturesque. It is also called ‘Inari of Gion’ and worshipped by not only local people living around this area but also Maiko and Geiko. This shrine was originally built as a protection of southeast direction of the city. The benefits of this shrine are business prosperity, artistic accomplishments and fulfillment of the wish.
This neighborhood is considered as the birthplace of Gion, which is indispensable for the cultural history. During the edo period, this place become the stage for the popular culture of the general public, such as Joruri and Kabuki. At present, this area are designated as ‘preservation districts for important traditional buildings’ and the old traditions are still well preserved. The unique Machiya style houses line up on both sides of the streets like old days, making it the special atmosphere.
The small monument along Shirakawa river is called ‘Kanikakuni-hi’. The song engraved on the monument is written by Isamu Yoshii who is a famous poet and playwright. He loved Gion and wrote this song, ‘ Anyway, Gion is such a lovely place, even when I sleep, I can hear the sound of river, sounds like water is flowing under my pillow, make me emotional’.
The famous tea house used to be built on this spot, he and other authors often visited there.
Every November 8th, the ‘Kanikakuni Festival’ is held by the Gion Kobu tea house Association.
5.Gion Shinbashi (祇園白川)
Located north of Shijo Dori Street, east of Yamato Oji Dori Street, Gion Shinbashi is a historic preservation area for traditional buildings, and the streets that represent Kyoto such as the flow of Shirakawa canal, lined with eaves and a willow-filled cobblestone path where Geiko and Maiko walk gracefully. This area is visited by many tourists throughout the year.
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