Geisha are famous throughout the world for their iconic and striking white make-up, but remain a mysterious part of Japanese culture to visitors. With less than a hundred geisha remaining in Kyoto, this part of Japanese culture is declining, but you may still see geishas on the streets of the Gion district walking between appointments. For a memorable and unique experience it can be arranged for travellers to visit Ochaya Tomikiku, a traditional tea house in Gion where visitors can enjoy green tea and Japanese snacks in the company of a geisha or maiko (young geisha). The geisha will demonstrate a traditional dance and introduce the life of a geisha in Kyoto. Your guide will act as a translator, so you will be able to ask questions, and there will be opportunities to take photographs.