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Where to Find Geishas In Kyoto

Our search for geishas (or geiko as they are called in Kyoto) reminded me of the african safaris I’ve been on – it required a little bit of luck and a lot of patience.  We headed straight to Gion which is the area with the restaurants and teahouses where geishas are known to entertain (some are exclusive to them!).  And we waited right in front of the geisha school.

And then we waited.  And waited.  And waited.

And eventually, we found some walking towards the school!

Since geikos and maikos (apprentice geisha) tend to entertain at night, we waited around 6pm thinking that they would have to show up for some of their appointments that night.  It was a good guess because we found them right around 6:30pm.  What really struck me was how they came out of no where and disappeared just as quickly – almost like apparitions in the night – which is what makes seeing one all the more special!

If you’re planning on going:

If you’re interested in searching for geishas when you’re in Kyoto, you should wait outside the geisha school as well.  It’s literally 3 blocks up from the Gion Shijo subway stop.  Coming out of the subway, walk north on Shijo-dori and turn right at the 3rd block.  The school is right there.  If you’d rather be entertained by geisha, some higher end hotels may be able to help you arrange that but plan to fork out around $900 for the evening (hmm… standing around in front of the geisha school doesn’t seem like such a bad idea now, right?). 😉


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EDGYMIX-TRAVEL FOR FASHION - July 17, 2012 - 9:25 am

wow….you have been to many places also….did you take all the pictures yourself?? Its’ so funny we have so many similar photos…probably because we went to the same places!!! Where are you right now? Where is your next destination?

YOur blog have so many information. I will come back from time to time:) Thanks for stopping by mine also and pls do come back often. I will be going to do a 10months trans-africa trip later. Hope to take more great photos:)


Just Wanderlust - July 17, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Hi Tammy! I can’t wait to see how your 10 month trip goes — that is so exciting! Yes, I took all the pics. I love taking pictures since that’s the best souvenir from my trips. My next trip is this Friday! Ahhhh!

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