Higashiyama Hanatoro (also written Hanatouro) is one of the two Hanatoro events held in Kyoto every year; the other one being Arashiyama Hanatoro in December. There is really a lot to see at Higashiyama Hanatoro, from dancing apprentice geishas to the mysterious fox’s wedding procession (more about this later), to temples like Kiyomizu-dera and Shoren-in bathed in light. Higashiyama Hanatoro is held in the Higashiyama area in the beginning of March from 6th to 15th, and while it should still be a bit early for sakura cherry blossoms but you should be able to see plum blossoms.
The event is a chance for you to see Kyoto in a new light – with a lot less light, one could also say. Walk in the narrow streets of Higashiyama and hope that an apprentice geisha, maiko, comes by, or just go see the maiko dance at Yasaka Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple where you are guaranteed to see them!
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