Gion-machi, Higashiyama-ku,
Kyoto, Japan
Price: 120 ¥ (1.06 USD) USD

Think Gion and most Japanese think geisha, so it should be no surprise that the district’s main street, Hanami-koji, is ideal for spotting geisha and maiko (apprentice geisha) as they wander between the area’s historical, wood-fronted tea shops and restaurants. Besides the geisha, the Gion Matsuri brings over a million visitors to the area every summer for its procession of traditional festival floats on which musicians play centuries-old music with Japanese flutes, bells and drums. Organized tours around $120 per person, including a performance and a tea ceremony.

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