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懐華樓 Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro

  • Culture / Art / History
  • Around Kanazawa
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District
Around Kanazawa
Address
1-14-8, Higashiyama, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa 920-0831, Japan
Category
  • Culture / Art / History
Website
http://www.kaikaro.jp/
Tel.
+81-76-253-0591
Date of post:2016/02/24

Remarkable traditional place with a new trend in Kanazawa

  • Historic / Cultural Experiences

Kaikaro is located in Higashi Chayagai registered as an important preservation district of historic buildings by Japanese government. We can see continuous wooden houses with lattices called Kimuko. Kaikaro was built in 1820 and the largest chaya in this vicinity. It is also designated as a preservation building by Kanazawa.

In Kanazawa, a chaya is a traditional teahouse where some people enjoy Geisha performances and parties like Gion in Kyoto. Generally, we cannot see the interior, but Kaikaro is open as a museum and cafe in the daytime. The friendly staff welcome the tourists. It is one of typical sightseeing spots and introduced by Michelin.

From the outside, Kaikaro looks like a simple wooden house. However, if you go inside, you might feel a slightly different atmosphere. After the reception, vermillion-lacquered stairs come into a view quickly. The lacquer is Wagima lacquer which is one of traditional handicrafts in Ishikawa Prefecture. At the top of the stairs, there is a folding screen painted a copy of Ogata Kourin. Then, if we look up the roof, we can see unique and decorative lights. Actually, interesting interior and equipment continue to show up. As they are handcrafted, they look artistic.

On the second floor, we can see a large banquet room based on red and a room based on blue which shows high-ranking. There is also a golden room. 99 percent of Gold leaf in Japan is made in Kanazawa. Gold leaf of Kinkakuji in Kyoto was also made in Kanazawa.
There is also a traditional garden, glass installation inspired from snow, shoji-screens reflecting unique shadow, designed white walls, chirping floor-boards, a natural refrigerator under the ground and so on. We can feel relaxing and nostalgic atmosphere in the daytime corridor near windows.

In Kaikaro Cafe, we can enjoy a set of Japanese tea and cake awarded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Besides, there are some seasonal menus. In the museum shop, we can buy sweets, sake, and many original souvenirs only to buy here. If you make a reservation, they offer an opportunity to practice elegant calligraphy by making your own fan.

In the evening, Kaikaro still keeps the tradition of Ichigensan Okotowari that we cannot enter without introduction. However, the landlady has experience to study in England and events are taking place for foreign tourists positively these days. If you are interested in, please check the following URLs.

http://www.kaikaro.jp/eng/
http://geisha.artexinc.com

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