Having read probably every geisha biography there is, this was an absolute highlight of my Japan trip. Visiting the ochaya and being able to take pictures made me so happy. I felt like a little kid again. The district is very well kept and nicely renovated. The facades of the houses in all different shades of wood work and colour make great photo subjects. At the bottom of the houses are nice stores. Shopping in japan is so much fun, because they let you look at things without hasseling you to buy something. It was a treat to have been there and I know one day I'll go back.