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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. Make Higashichaya Old Town a part of your Kanazawa vacation plans using our Kanazawa vacation builder.
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  • Do, pretty typical alleys and shops are on the inside, so it does not interfere with the aesthetics of the place. Also visit the House of a former Samurai that's interesting. Fast if possible morning visit early or late in the day to avoid too many people find
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  • This area invites to linger. Despite the crowds, we appreciate the shops where the gold is everywhere (cake, ice cream for the hands, sauce, fabric, bag...) and wooden houses, reminiscent of Gion in Kyoto. The Eagles (a dozen) ball twirling above the river nearby fascinates.
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  • One of the main reason for our trip to Kanazawa was to visit one of these typical "Chaya" districts which were basically areas of entertainment during the Edo time. This is mainly due to the fact that...  more »