If you don't have time to visit Kyoto soon, rent "Maiko Haaan!!!" It is a fast-paced screwball comedy about a Japanese business man obsessed with Maiko. It is written by the extremely talented Kankuro Kudo.
Maiko Haaan!!! (literally 'Miss Maiko' -- 'han' is the honorific 'san' in the Kyoto dialect) stars comedian Sadao Abe as the business man who dumps his office worker girlfriend (who eventually apprentices as a Geisha in order to win him back) when he got transferred to a branch office in Kyoto so he can pursue his dream of playing a 'strip baseball' drinking game with a real Maiko. His quest exposes all sorts of traditional class divisions and contradictions in Japanese society that still exsits. Along the way Abe runs afoul of an arrogant baseball player (Shinichi Tsutsumi) and the two engage in a ferocious competition that makes the movie very funny.