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志摩 Shima

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  • Around Kanazawa
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Around Kanazawa
1-13-21, Higashiyama, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa 920-0831, Japan
  • Culture / Art / History
Opening Hours
Open Every Day
Date of post:2015/07/03

Why don't you visit a real ”Ochaya (teahouse)”?

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Samurai, Ninja and Geisha are very popular icons for foreigners. Unfortunately, Samurai and Ninja don't exist anymore, but to your joy, Geisha is still alive. There are 3 Chaya Districts where Geisha live in Kanazawa such as Higashi, Nishi, Kazue-machi.

Higashi Chaya District is the largest one that is currently preserved as a national important cultural building cluster. Shima is a real Ochaya (teahouse) built in Higashi Chaya District in 1820 and has been designated a national important cultural property.

Geisha is a specialist in traditional Japanese culture and a professional entertainer. Ochaya is where Geisha perform traditional dances and play Japanese instruments like a shamisen (Japanese three-stringed instrument) and taiko (Japanese drum) to entertain their guests. Normally first-time customers aren't granted access to there. It's difficult to experience Ochaya-asobi (teahouse entertainments).

Shima doesn't open as Ochaya anymore but only as a museum. Although there is no Geisha, you can find the musical instruments Geisha used to use, interesting Ochaya furnitures and so on. These will make you feel like you are entertained by Geisha at the Ochaya.

However, if you wish to experience an Ochaya-asobi, there is the ochaya-asobi experience programme in English ( held for foreign guests a few times a year at Kaikaro, which is the largest Ochaya in Higashi Chaya District.

This programme is no need to book and the ticket is only ¥4,800. You can't only experience the performance but also ask questions as many as you want in English! The experience will be definitely unforgettable memories.

Address: 1-13-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa 920-0831
Tel: +81 (0)76 252 5675

Opening hours
9:00 - 18:00

Adults (18+ years) ¥500 / Children (6-17 years) ¥300
- Kanson-an tea room
Green tea with fresh sweets ¥700 / Green tea with dry confectionery ¥500

Getting there
By Bus
- Route Bus: About 10 min from the Kenroku-en Exit Bus Terminal at Kanazawa Station. Get off at "Hashiba-cho (Kazue-machi / Higashi Chaya District)".
- Joka-machi Kanazawa Syuyu Bus (Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus): About 10 min (the bus that go around the right course) or 25 min (the bus that go around the left course) from the Kenroku-en Exit Bus Terminal at Kanazawa Station. Get off at "Hashiba-cho (Kazue-machi / Higashi Chaya District)".

By Taxi
About 10 min from Kanazawa Station.

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