It is a typical Kyoto sightseeing spot,located in the western part of Kyoto City.
There are always many tourists here.
Arashiyama is surrounded by mountains,and there is a very famous bridge,"Togetsu-kyou"（渡月橋） over Katsura-River（桂川）.
It is a good sign for me at the beginning of the year=D
Not Arashiyama.There is little likelihood of seeing Maiko in Arashiyama.
Gion is Kyoto's most famous Maiko district.
In April,"Miyako-Odori" is held at "Gion-Koubu-Kaburenjou" Theater,
from 1th April through 30th April.
Maybe you can get a day ticket on that day at that theater.(4000～4500yen/one person)
"Gion-Koubu-Kaburenjou" is the name of the Theater of Maiko Performance.
This theater is located in "Hanami-koji" Avenue,near Yasaka shrine.)
These web site below are important.
How to access
JR Kyoto ー JR Saga Arashiyama (JR Sagano lline) → 230yen (one way)
Tram map in Kyoto City↓
Saga-Arashiyama.... You get off at this station and enjoy sightseeing tram(torokko-ressha) and enjoy kayaking(Hozugawa-Kudari).They are worth trying.
sightseeing tram...600yen/one way (http://www.sagano-kanko.co.jp/pdf/english.pdf)
kayaking...3900yen/ one person (http://www.hozugawakudari.jp/en/tickets-en)
Early morning(8:00 a.m) is good,because there will be so many people lined up and waiting.
Kawaramachi... You get off at this station (terminal) and head to Gion to see Maiko.(Hanami-kouji street)
Sonobe...You get off at this station and head to Miyama by bus.(Sonobe is terminal station.)
Higashi-yama...You get off at this station and enjoy having a stroll here. There are many good temple nere here,for example,Shouren-in.