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

Geisha are traditional female entertainers in Japan. As the price for being entertained by a Geisha for an evening is quite expensive (several thousand USD for an evening), some may settle to only observe them in the street. In my opinion, one of the best place to see a Geisha 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 Geisha head to a meeting is quite high. I highly advise to wander the streets of Gion around 6:30 PM and later to observe Geisha. I wandered through the streets for about one hour and a half and saw about 10 of them. Taking pictures is another story : Geisha 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 Geisha you have seen, posting your photos on Flickr might be useful. Many Geisha enthusiasts over there will enjoy identifying her for you!

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Country: Japan
Area : Kinki area
Prefecture : Kyōto-fu
City : Kyōto-shi
District : Gionmachi Minamigawa
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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.

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