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Geisha-Spotting in Kyoto

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Our stay in Osaka was short - just one night. Yesterday we caught the train to Kyoto, around 45 minutes away.

Kyoto is known for the geisha in the Gion district, so once we'd checked into the hostel we headed there to see if we could find some genuine geisha (rather than tourists dressed up). It wasn't long before we spotted a pair who we think - hope - were real; possibly apprentice geisha (maiko).

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Today we visited the Kiyomizu-dera Temple, set in the hills around Kyoto.

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Almost as soon as we arrived, and several more times as we walked around, we were approached by schoolchildren who wanted to ask us questions - where we were from, what Japanese food we liked etc. - for their English homework. In this instance Ben was ambushed while Karen queued to try the spring waters from the Otowa-no-taki waterfall.

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On our way back we walked down Sannen-zaka, a charming street lined with traditional-style houses.

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Posted by shoestring 06:20 Archived in Japan Tagged children kyoto japan temple school geisha

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