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Higashichaya Old Town, Kanazawa

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Step back in time to an age of samurais and geishas at Higashichaya Old Town, one of the nation's most intact and best-preserved fortified towns. Explore the historic district, dating from the Edo period, and marvel at its network of narrow streets lined with low, wood-paneled buildings. You'll pass small stores, cafes, and several historic teahouses that have stood there for centuries. Be sure to get off the main street to delve into the maze of back alleys crisscrossing the area. Put Higashichaya Old Town and other Kanazawa attractions into our Kanazawa trip builder tool, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • A small neighborhood with old teahouses, quaint alleys, and countless restaurants and shops. It's about a 10-15 minute walk from Kenrokuen. You'll find everything from high-end sushi to...  more »
  • A tourist site, old fashion small alley just too small. It's very nice to fell the atmosphere of old japanese fashioned experience  more »
  • Is one of quite a few "highlighted" stops in Kanazawa and on the tourist "loop bus" route. Well worth the stop and slow-walk around the quaint old streets. Area has plenty of craft/gift shops and...  more »
  • Beautiful place to experience traditional Japan. Everywhere you look you find tiny details that highlight the old architecture style of the district. Even though most of the vendors/shops support English to some extent, I would recommend going with a guide tour (or someone who speaks japanese at least), many of the details and history of the place can only be fully appreciated when you can read it/know about it.
  • Classic Japanese view. Would recommend to everyone who watches Japanese movies for example (studio ghibli), and wants to see a Japanese village in real life. Absolutely a big recommendation of mine. Have fun visiting and tell your family / friends they should go there. (If they want)
  • You can see different Japanese arts and people wearing traditional kimono or yukata.
  • Stroll through historic streets with old wooden tea houses and Geisha performance houses. Excellent ice cream and dessert shops.
  • 日本の古い町並みが見られます。 You can see old Japanese town in Kanazawa. Higahichayagai is classic narrow streets, which were established in 1820 as a centre for geisha to entertain wealthy patrons. Geisha houses are still there. There are about 10 geisha women working in this area.

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