Hanamikoji-dori, Gion

As the afternoon progressed, I made my way to Hanamikoji-dori in the hope of catching a glimpse of a maiko or geiko. This street is said to be the best place in Kyoto to see these elusive women as it is lined with with tea houses or ochaya (where geiko and maiko entertain clients), and there is a large geisha house (okiya) on the corner of Hanamikoji-dori and Shijo-dori.

After 2 hours pacing up and down this street alone, it was amazing to see not one, but 8 of them going to their evening appointments. Total fangirl moment!

The evenings are the best time to see maiko and geiko.

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