When we returned to Kyoto for the second time we knew that we also had to return to the neighborhood of Gion, which is said to be one of the last areas of Japan where geishas are still at work in teahouses. Unfortunately, the last time we were there, we were unable to see any geishas for ourselves but nonetheless, the streets are a gorgeous mix of old and new that we loved to wander around.
After wandering around the streets for awhile, we started to wonder if geishas were real at all or if we were on the hunt for an imagined animal. At least we weren’t alone. I’m pretty sure all the other foreigners walking anxiously down the street that night with cameras ready in hand were looking for the same thing.
If you want to feel like you’ve stepped back in time, grab a cup of coffee and stroll through the side streets of Gion. There’s a peace about this area as the streets are illuminated by lanterns sitting on the ground outside the teahouses, lit up, just waiting for customers. Even if you don’t spot a geisha, it’s still a beautiful area to wander.