Where to see Geisha in Japan? In Kyoto Gion district!

Geishas are traditional female entertainers in Japan. Meeting with a Geisha is definitely expensive: one may expect to spend several thousand USD for an evening. For those who may not be able to afford, there are opportunities to catch a glimpse of Geisha’s elegance as they wander in the streets. One of the best place to see Geishas is in the Gion district of Kyoto. Many Geisha establishments, luxury restaurants, and tea houses are located in the area and therefore the chance of seeing Geishas is quite high. I highly advise to wander the streets of Gion at around 6:30 PM and later for the best chance to see them. For about one hour and a half spent in the district, I could see about 10 of them. Taking pictures is another story: Geishas walk surprisingly fast and look down most of the time so I advise to be very alert since you might have only a few seconds to get a good shot. If you want to know the name of the Geishas you have seen, posting your photos on Flickr might be useful. Many Geisha enthusiasts over there will enjoy identifying them for you!

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Country: Japan
Area : Kinki area
Prefecture : Kyōto-fu
City : Kyōto-shi
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Gaijin San

Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

2 thoughts on “Where to see Geisha in Japan? In Kyoto Gion district!”

    1. Hi Ellen. In the evening, Geishas leave their houses to go serve customers at upscale teahouses. I’ll clarify that! Thanks!

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