Shimabara (嶋原) (often simplified to 島原, sometimes styled 嶌原) was the designated red light district (yūkaku) in Kyoto, and was later also a geisha district (hanamachi). Established in 1640, Shimabara, following the outlawing of sex work in Japan became defunct as a red-light district in the 1950s, later becoming defunct as a geisha district in the 1970s. Shimabara continues to operate as a tourist district, however, operating one ochaya and hosting tayū re-enactors.
Before the establishment of Shimabara, earlier courtesan districts were established: first 二条柳町 (Second street willow town) in 二条万里小路 (nijō made no kōji) in 1589 with the permission of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, which was moved to 六条三筋町 in 六条 (Sixth street) when the Edo period started, which was then moved to Shimabara in 1640/41.
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Sら | Oct 20, 2016
Thank God no grisly crimes here in the history. But interesting history concerning Shinsengumi warriors after the Edo period
James Li | Sep 8, 2014
Beautiful old Geisha House, worth a look in
Francesca Racca | Jun 8, 2018
Antico luogo di accoglienza degli ospiti delle geishe, interessante per vedere come si svolgeva l'attività, ma un po' caro per quello che si vede. Disponibili solo tour con la guida
mimi co | May 23, 2018
Chou熊 | May 1, 2018
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