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Shima Geisha House, Kanazawa

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History Museum Historic Site
Soak up some history at Shima Geisha House, 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. Take a look at our Kanazawa vacation planner to schedule your visit to Shima Geisha House and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The 700 yen must see... and Yes, surcharges for the Matcha with mochi is worth. Slow down in its own beautiful way. The insight into this historic site is very worthwhile.
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  • This is quite a unique visit, as most geisha houses are still used or have been destroyed. A time slip to the Edo period.  more »
  • It is to know the atmosphere of the restaurant. Once checked my luggage and 巡rimashou. And in the back of let's go to the Museum of tea utensils. I think the place feels Kanazawa.
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  • 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!
  • This is where geishas entertained guests with dancing, music, and chatting. This is like a small museum to show you rooms and the architecture of a tea house with lots of decorative items as well as musical instruments and kitchenwares.
  • 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.
  • Small geisha house -- a tea house where geishas would entertain and perform. The entrance is 500y for adults and 300y for children under 15. The two story house is from ~1815 and well preserved. There is a small tea room in the back where for an extra fee you can enjoy green tea and reflect in the space. The building is marked as a National Important Cultural Asset, the only tea house on the list.

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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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