If Japan has a face, it's to be found in this small district directly adjacent to Yasaka Shrine, for it's here that the geisha—or geiko, as they're known in Kyoto—live and work. Contrary to popular belief, geiko are not prostitutes.
Reason number Nikko. One of Japan's major attractions, its key World Heritage Site temples and shrines are an awesome display of wealth and power by the Tokugawa shogunate. Yes, more temples and shrines - cannot wait!