Fushimi Inari Shrine, Geishas & Maikos @ Kyoto - Japan

We visited Kyoto again and told ourselves that we must explore
Fushimi Inari-Taisha. Their famous Torii paths and bright orange 
arches are too good to miss! Over hundreds of thousands of 
visitors have snapped beautiful photos there. 




 1. This is the illustrated map of the entire Fushimi Inari.
The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari 
which is 233 metres above sea level.
The entire trails cover up to 4 kilometers & you will see
many smaller shrines along the way. It will take some 2 hours
to cover the whole mountain trails alone as that popular place
would be congested with hundreds of tourists like
you and me!


 2. The main entrance of Fushimi Inari Shrine.



 3. There are many foxes here which are divine messengers to the local beliefs.
In China, their locals actually pray to the divine foxes which are 
believed to bless and enhance their love life.



 4. I did not climb up the entire mountains as I could not
spare another 3 hours. I walked around the base of the mountain
in the lovely cold winter weather.




5. In Kyoto, it is very easy to spot many pretty Maikos
or ladies in their traditional kimono attire.



 6. You could easily spot the real Japanese Maiko and not tourists
from Hong Kong or Malaysia by observing their walking manners.
Aha! Once they opened their mouths to utter their native tongues,
it confirmed their origins!



 7. I only snapped photos of the real Japanese ladies who
are natural, graceful and not camera shy. The other nationalities
would often burst out laughing or ran away. I even spotted
2 African ladies in Kimono but I was too stunned to remember
my camera.



 8. My wife captured these Japanese ladies having their tea.
They were so soft spoken and constantly bowed to each other.
 They are so unbelievably polite!



 9. I am sharing my old photos of real Geishas reporting for work
at the Gion areas of Kyoto during my visit in year 2012.




10. All the Geishas in Gion would normally be accompanied
by a chaperone who would guide & usher them to the
private tea houses to entertain the special clients. The best time
to look out for them are during the evenings till night when
the businessmen would flock to that area for sake drinks,
private instrumental music and dance performance by them.



 11. This was captured by my wife's compact DSLR which zoomed in
the photography shoot of a Geisha inside the Arashiyama Bamboo
Groves recently in late February 2016.




 12. You may think she dressed funny but I believed that attire was
a modern design for some festive posters or fashion magazines.




 13. I found more Gesiha shots taken in 2012 at the famous
Kiyomizudera Temple which is close by to the Gion in Kyoto.
 They would always excite tourists and make heads turn
with their graceful presence.



That's all folks. Hope you enjoyed their beauty.



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Comments

  1. I love the colorful kimonos! I wonder what it is like to wear a kimono and do my hair like that. I will look like the lady in purple in picture no. 13!

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    1. Yes I love their kimono fabric and prints! They are so vibrant and nice. Oh no, that Aunty Maiko in pix 13 is very cute and pretty. You look like that??? Waaaaaaaah banzai!

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  2. I wanted to walk the whole trail of the Fushimi Inari Shrine but did not because the day was getting dark so we left after walking for a while. Nice photos of the Geishas and Maikos.

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    1. We also had to monitor their closing time. Now I am surprised to read Lina's comments below that they went there at night. I didn;t know they open at night!

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    2. Going to the front part at night should be ok but to walk the whole trail at night is another story.

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  3. The map looks cute and easy to understand.. And wow, the main entrance really looks very bright the orange colour.. Pic #11 looks like she's pregnant.. So geisha's job is to accompany clients for drinks and performance only, no hanky-panky? I wonder ahh, how we wana enjoy their beauty, since they paint the whole face white.. Got pimples or big pores pun become no pimples+smooth face jor lor, hor..

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    1. Wakakakaka! You crazy mama! I laughed so hard on your imaginative pimples and big pores!!! LOL

      I also wondered why that lady in #11 was so huge like there was a blower fan inside her dress!!

      Yeah they Geishas are like artisans and no hanky panky ones. Only the rich men could afford their time. If they want more, they better go to Shinjuku red light areas, got banyak Ayamas! Muahahaha

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  4. Very nice photos.

    Anay so lucky to be able to see them!

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    1. Oh I think you are luckier than anyone for going to Japan so many times. I am sure you have seen more Geishas and made friends with them la.

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  5. We visited Fushimi Innari too last year, but we went at night.

    Totally different feel from the daytime visit. :)

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    1. Now only I know they open 24 hours!!! I am so surprised that you really went at night. I can imagine how different they looked with lanterns everywhere. That would be good to visit at night without hurry and save the daytime for other places! I must update this blog post to encourage night visits! Terima kasih!

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  6. Hi! Nice collection of kimono ladies's photos. I enjoyed your photos very much.

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    1. Thank you very much. I really love to see the Japanese people wearing the male yukata and kimonos during their festive outings. Simply awesome and elegant.

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  7. another place i have missed, i must go to Kyoto again and take some hours to visit this beautiful shrine.. the shrines are beautiful and i wanted to see the torii path so much, it must be impressive to see tens (or hundreds??) of them all around me!! of course i would try not to be so excited about the geishas and japanese ladies in kimono.. it would be rather a disrespect to keep on eyeing on them and capturing them on camera like they are some strange person, IMHO..

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    1. I also plan to visit this shrine again after hearing from Lina that she visited it at night. I googled and discovered that they open 24 hours! That would be fun.
      There are hundreds of Torii arches lining up the mountain paths.

      I know that we should at least ask them permission before snapping their photos. As you could see when they were snapped naturally is more interesting that purposely posing themselves.

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  8. I have never taken photos of people as I feel it is an intrusion of their privacy but I guess the geishas are so used to being photographed. On this occasion, I will also do so. I bet the kimonos are heavy and I am sure the design speaks of something. I would be googling their origin after I write this comment to learn more. Maybe, I can don one as a disguise next time.

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    1. I think the real full scaled Kimonos are a bit heavy like those worn by the Japanese brides. I watched them on TV documentary where the chaperone helped them to wear layers after layers!! You will look smart like a samurai when you wear the Male Yukata while brandishing a long sword! 5555

      I took their photos with good intentions to publish in my blog with pretty sweet captions. I am sure they will not sue me but ask me to snap more photos again. Ha ha ha

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  9. The Japanese ladies look so graceful in their kimono, the orange arch seems famous it has been featured in the Sakura event at flower dome of Gardens by The Bay in SG

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    1. Yes they are so elegant and graceful when they wear the traditional kimono.

      Their Torii Gates or Arches have become the most popular Nihon Symbol of Japan.

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  10. I remember taking photos with some pretty Maikos when I was in Japan last few years, I hope they din't feel shocked cause I was kinda jakun back then, haha xD

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    1. I am sure they were pleased to be photographed with you, knowing that we looked at them as pretty and elegant. Sometimes they were aware that tourists were busy snapping their photos, so they tactfully slowed down their walk or delayed their movements for us. How nice!

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  11. At first i thought i am the only one who thinks the lady in Pic 11 is pregnant, so Princess Ribbon think so also, kaka...

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    1. Now you all made me guess that it could be a special kimono fashion for pregnant ladies! That was a special photo shoot session but for Geishas. Do they get pregnant??

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  12. No picture of you and your wife with those beautiful ladies, keke...

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    1. We didn't pose with them as the timing was not favourable.

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  13. Good morning TM... As usually, the weather is hot here...

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    1. Good Evening. It is hot today @ 36 degrees! You can see smoke coming out of my blog!

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  14. I like that photo your wife took, the Japanese ladies were indeed very polite, graceful and pretty. They look even more attractive in those beautiful kimono.

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    1. Yes the whole gang of ladies in Kimono looked very graceful and walked so lightly as they floated into the restaurant.

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  15. I find the skin of Japanese ladies are very fine, their culture and upbringing have nurture them into a polite society.

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    1. I noticed there are several types of Japanese people but I have no idea how to differentiate them. They have many who have super milky white skin! I thought they ate lots of tofu.

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  16. Its good to know that they open at night too. The Japanese are always so polite and bowing always. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Now that we know that they actually open for 24 hours daily 24/7. We can try to visit at night after a good dinner when all other places have closed! Good idea?

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    1. You like fat ladies! Many will line up......

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  18. Are they totally comfortable with tourists' camera?

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    1. Yes, they will not run away or shield themselves. Only the foreigners in Kimono will blush, laugh or evaporate into thin air. Wakakaka

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  19. Actually I never understood the difference between Geiko and Maiko. I think Maiko is like the newbie, or fresh apprentice, and very young, and they can only dance on stage or something. Then they have to "graduate" into Geiko and can then serve customers privately. Is that true?

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    1. Yes you are quite correct on this. I had to google on this topic myself. I will ask my Japanese friends later on their culture.

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  20. Why no pics of the famous torii?

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    1. You can spot the Torri inside my grid photos. I seldom want to show myself too much like spotlights! LOL
      You hide yourself 100% in your blog.

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  21. I know this place and I've been there, but again too bad that my friend doesn't want to go up top to the hill, so we're just stay at bottom and took some pictures only.

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    1. Maybe you can go again someday and choose the night time since they open 24/7 with lesser crowd during dinner time!
      I will do that.

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  22. Interesting, they really look so refined and you mentioned they are so polite too... can imagine them bowing constantly, last time when I was in Tokyo, the ladies standing outside the shop were also very polite, bowing and greeting to the public walking pass... By the way, your shots are very captivating... the geishas and maikos... and their different sizes.. :)

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    1. Every tourists would fall in love with Japan for their cleanliness, good manners and lovely food!

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  23. I love all those pictures. I always hesitated to take pictures of those geisha when I was in Japan last year. Thought they might not like it.

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    1. I am sure they are very friendly and proud to be photographed on knowing they looked beautiful.

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  24. Nice...you were able to spot the geisha and maiko.I read tourists also can transform into maiko...hahah. I think if I happen to go there, I also want to experience it.The package is not cheap. LOL!!

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    1. Yes you and HB must wear their Japanese Kimono and Yukata to parade around. It is not expensive at all for basics unless you wanna doll up with make up as a bride! You will look very pretty beside your handsome samurai HB.

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  25. 1. Wow.. I love to cover the entire trail up to the peak. I'm sure it's will take a long time as you will stop here and there to check out the places up there like small shrines.

    2 that's a beautiful shrine !! So red and clean !!

    3 . Oh .. Do you mean the fox spirits originated from here ? Haha.. Joking only

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    1. You will love this place very much. So make Kyoto a must visit when you bring your family there.
      Your son will love to shoot so many nice photos of the kawais for you as well as the foxes.

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  26. 4 I think the base is good enough for you to explore. It looks so nice there !
    5 Wah.. This hamsup TM goes around taking pics of err.. Pretty Maiko around !! No wonder don't want to climb up.
    6. Oh.. Hahaha.. So we have to talk and maybe try to know them in order to different the imitation and genuine, huh ?

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    1. Yeah I guess you would be more ham sup and follow the maikos home! Wakakakaka
      I will climb up next time but at night when no crazy big crowd.

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  27. 7. They look very graceful !
    8. Yeah , very well manner too. But I sonny understand Japanese guys who anyhow smoke as though it's their grandpa house in some Japanese restaurants here.
    9. Wow.. Geisha !! Seems very heavily make up !

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    1. Typo .. *sonny - > don't

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    2. Most Japanese do not simply smoke in Japan or overseas anymore. I guess they were Koreans or China tourists who looked alike with Japanese. I might be wrong anyway.

      Yeah the Geishas have to wear very heavy make ups like a nice Birthday Cake!

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  28. 10. I wonder if being accompanied by geishas , which is an old business, is some high class event ? I'm sure the younger ones will go for clubs and etc.
    11. She looks like a doll!
    12. Is she doing a photo shoot ? Strange hiding in a bamboo grove!

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    1. Only the big taukehs could afford to be entertained by Geishas! These days their business have cut down costs and the Geishas have lesser market. You go support them la.

      Yes she looked like a nice doll.
      The photo shoot was done by the Geisha company as they wore the T-shirts of that company.

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  29. 13. Their kimonos are very colourful and I guess it's nice to pay a visit to see them. I'm sure they are soft spoken too! Thanks for sharing !

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    1. Everyone knows that Kimonos are very vibrant and pretty in a myriad of colours! You will go nuts when they talk to you softly... Kurage!

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  30. Beautiful capture on the traditional ladies and the Geishas are pretty graceful in their colorful attires and full makeup. I have done paintwork on the poster of Memories of a Geisha when the film was released. The shrines/structures in orange are picturesque to shoot!

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    1. They always place Art as their way of life where they focus well and detailed in their dressing, food, environment and lifestyles! That makes them so systematic and near perfect.

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  31. Nice! I want to go back to Japan too, never been to Kyoto. We're planning a trip to Kyoto too at the end of the year. Would be fun to go to a different place since can't manage to visit the whole of Japan even with 7 days (we only went to Hokkaido areas).

    The kimonos look nice! Can hardly see people wearing this in winter, they'll always have a coat over, unless it's indoors (only saw it at our ryokan since it's warm).

    The geishas seem to be less and less now. I saw a documentary about it, apparently it's coz Japan is entering a slow ecomonic period now. During the huge boom of 80's the geishas were booming too and they can charge thousands per night. Nowadays, few people can afford that and the ones who can (like executives from Toyota, Sony) has new restrictions on corporate spending so they can't call geishas anymore. In the 80's the could and just charge it to the company for entertainment expenses.

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    1. Both of you will love Kyoto as much as all the other tourists who rank it as the Number One place for vacation. Just fly to Osaka and take trains to Kyoto and Nara. Again you may need at least 7 days or more to cover.

      You have very good knowledge about the history of Geishas and the dwindling economy that has showed down the business of this entertainment industry. I hope they will never fade off with history.

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  32. I didn't go to this shrine during my last visit. Will put it in the 'must visit' list in my next visit.

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    1. Same like my case. I had to visit this place on my second visit.

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