Named by locals as Kyoto’s most beautiful street, Shirakawa (白川) is a few minutes’ walk from central Gion and the Hanamichi (花道小路) area. It is off the beaten path, and there you might be lucky enough to see this beautiful spot without any tourists in it. The street runs into a Y-shape, with a little shrine situated at the intersection; this small red structure was frequented by geishas living in that area. A bubbling stream runs through this street with shops, restaurants and tea houses lining one side of it, on the other hand, you see willow trees, cherry blossom trees and Japanese maple trees. Surrender to the mind travel this little place can bring you, even if it’s for a brief and intense moment.