Two ladies dressed up as a geiko (left) and a maiko (right). A geiko is also known as a geisha, an entertainer/ hostess trained in traditional Japanese music and dance. Maikos are apprentice geishas, and they tend to wear more elaborate decorations on their hair. In general, the more junior they are, the more lively and elaborate their costumes and makeup will be. The mature geishas will tend to have a much more subdued look. In Kyoto, it is not uncommon to see them (real ones) on the streets of Gion. Meanwhile, there are plenty of studios who will turn you into a geiko/ maiko for a few hours for a fee.