We were lucky that the Kyoto Higashiyama Hanatouro 2013 was in progress during our time in Kyoto. We cut short our day trip to Nara and came back to Kyoto for the Hanatouro event in Yasaka Shrine where the highlight was the Dedication Dance by Geiko or Maiko :). More info on this here: http://hanatouro.jp/e/higashiyama/index.html.
Yasaka Shrine (八坂神社) was in carnival mood with the illuminations
There were stalls selling various type of food to cater to visitors
Then came the evening’s highlight – a performance by the maikos (apprentice geishas). The crowd gathered at the main stage area in anticipation…
And the show begins………………………….
Watching the show was definitely the highlight of the trip to Kyoto :).