Elegant kimono, smooth white make-up and that classic demure look—seeing a geisha in Japan is rare, but not impossible. Here’s where to see geisha in Kyoto, as well as geiko and maiko.
As keenly associated with Japan’s ancient capital as swords are with samurai, the beautiful geisha (or geiko) of Kyoto are among the most sought-after sights of any visitor. While there are countless girls walking the streets of Gion dressed in kimono and make-up, they are seldom the real deal. They may look the part from afar and happily pose for photographs, but once you’ve seen a genuine geisha, you’ll understand the difference.
Known as geiko in Kyoto, geisha are high-class and greatly respected entertainers, trai
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