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Shima, Kanazawa

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Soak up some history at Shima, a Geisha house that has been standing since 1820, now preserved as museum. Explore the elaborately decorated building, whose artifacts will transport you back to a time when customers sought entertainment by the music and dance here. Enjoy some tea and pastry in the garden, but note that there is no English information or guide here. See Shima and all Kanazawa has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kanazawa trip planner .
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  • Guide to visit just because the description of tea culture is easy to understand. Bringing Smartphone is compact digital camera is a great camera is NG. Along with the luggage deposit locker. (Lockers are free of charge)
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  • This Geisha House is catered to the Upper Class Merchants of the Edo Period. It was the few Geisha House that have a 2nd Storey. 500 Yen admits one adult. You have see various musical instruments used...  more »
  • This place within higashi chaya is worth visiting for a cultural experience, the tea house is preserved since many years back and everything inside is nicely protected and treasured even the decoratio...  more »
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  • I enjoyed looking at the tea house, it is very well preserved and interesting to see what it would have been like in the past. I felt that 700¥ was overpriced for the tea & sweet, it was nice but not personally the special experience described by others.
  • Here documents the Japanese tradition and culture, particularly the status and role of women in the old days. Modern Japan may not have such exclusive venue and performance anymore. When I was there with my wife in July 2016, I tried hard to imagine what did the dominant males do to the subservient females there!
  • Something to see while your in the area - geisha house open for tourist to see how a geisha house looks like inside, the performing area, instruments used a tea area. Tip: can't take a big camera in, they have lockers where you have to leave your bag and camera- can however take photos with your phone camera or a pocket size camera.
  • super super nice! Though the store is small, the food is incredibly delicious. Esp the grilled fish and octopus. Never had that before even in Tokyo or Kyoto!!! Definitely a place u must visit when u come to Kanazawa!
  • Very neat view into a geisha house to see how upper class men were entertained in the old days. The entire building is original and one of a kind. Entrance is 500 Yen.

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Where to stay in Kanazawa

The well-preserved castle town of Kanazawa has a good range of accommodations, with the most popular among them sitting in tall modern blocks overlooking the historical areas of town, or the more commercial parts. Look to the west of the castle grounds for some particularly well-positioned options, offering urban views, spas, pools, and restaurants. North-west from here, close to the main train station, you'll find a good selection of slightly simpler options in tall blocks, while the residential districts across the city house simple guesthouses and the odd hostel.
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