Gion developed as Monzen Town (town for visitors of Shrine or Temple) of Yasaka Shrine. When you imagine of Kyoto, you actually imagine the scenery of Gion. Gion developed from the Shijo street to north and south. Geiko, wildly known as Geisha, and Maiko performs at the restaurants and hotels in Gion.
The northern area around Shirakawa river and Shinbashi street is one of the best scenery of Gion. The view of this area is preserved as the important historical buildings. The view of Tatsumi Bridge is one of the best view of Kyoto. Beside the Shirakawa River, there are many established restaurants.
Hanami Koji Street
... is the main street of Gion. It runs from north to south about 1km long. South side of Shijo Street is one of the most famous spot in Kyoto. There are many Kyoto style houses which are also very established restaurants, tea houses and hotels.