Kodai-ji Temple is right in the middle of the Southern Higashiyma district so you won't miss it. We did not go in anymore as the temples are of no particularly value to us religiously, except for sightseeing. I did not want to pay another admission fee for one more temple that day. hahaha!:)
After walking the preserved historic streets of Higashiyama, we proceeded to Maruyama-Koen.
Maruyama Koen is a public park next to Yasaka Shrine. During the first half of April, when the 800 or so cherry trees are in full bloom, Maruyama Park becomes Kyoto's most popular and most crowded spot for cherry blossom viewing. Look! The locals have already reserved their spot for their hanami picnics by placing their mats to claim their spot.
As we exited the park, we just walked a few steps and we were at the Yasaka Shrine, also known as Gion Shrine. It is popular among tourist because it is located between Gion and Higashiyama, and is often visited by tourists walking between the two districts.
When we exited the shrine, we were facing this street that led straight to Gion. There are a lot of souvenir shops selling Japanese sweets along the way, but we did not buy anything since it was just our third day out of eleven. So we had to restrain ourselves. But, we let B buy a few sweets that were on her "List of Sweets to Eat in Japan." Yes she really made a list! And she typed this all on her own! :)
Just be patient and wait, like we did, for you are sure to see some maikos walking by.
The best place to see maikos/geisha in Kyoto is along Hanami-koji on the south side of Shijo-dori. We saw several walk by, but they were walking so fast. Graceful yet so fast.
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