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Feature: Dressing up in Maiko Costume

If you ever wondered how you might look as a maiko (apprentice geisha), Kyoto has many organisations in town that offer the chance. Maika is in the Gion district. Here you can be dressed up to live out your maiko fantasy. Prices begin at ¥6500 for the basic treatment, which includes full make-up and formal kimono. If you don’t mind spending some extra yen, it’s possible to head out in costume for a stroll through Gion (and be stared at like never before). The process takes about an hour. Call to reserve at least one day in advance.