Experiencing Geisha Culture
By Viator, May 2013
While Kyoto is considered the most famous Japanese city for geisha, you’ll find them in several areas of Tokyo as well. Asakusa, the city’s oldest geisha district, has managed to retain the feeling of the Tokyo of the past, including geisha traditions. It’s also possible to spot a geisha in her full regalia in the upmarket Ginza entertainment district. Since it’s very rare to spot a geisha out and about in Tokyo, you’re better off attending a geisha show if you’re really interested in the culture; the best of these takes place in the Shinbashi District at Azuma Odori.
If you want a taste of what it’s like to be a geisha, a few business will deck you out in traditional geisha makeup, including the white face powder, and a traditional kimono. The entire process takes over an hour.