Temple/history buffs may be able to make a full day trip out of Nara, but I myself lasted only a few hours. It was a very pretty city though, and definitely worth a look.
I spent the second half of the day haunting the East Gion section of Kyoto. I saw my first maiko – 5 of them all together in fact! Before the end of my trip I saw at least a dozen. I know a few were tourists who paid to be dressed up and paraded around (being led by a person with a gigantic professional camera kind of gives it away), but many were the real thing. This was also the afternoon where I found a second-hand kimono on sale for 2000 yen at Yasaka Shrine. Considering that the going rate for a souvenir kimono is anywhere from 3600-7000 yen, I was ecstatic 🙂
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