Shima Geisha House, Kanazawa

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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. See Shima Geisha House and all Kanazawa has to offer by arranging your trip with our Kanazawa trip planner .
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  • September 26, 2017
    Whilst traditionally minimalist the house displayed a number of items using by the geisha and was reasonably interesting.  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    I thought that this was the best historic Geisha tea house that I saw. It is brilliantly maintained and explained, and one can get a real feeling of how it must have felt, looked and sounded when it w...  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    Hotels in Kanazawa 'Higashi Chaya District have important traditional building group preservation area of low buildings are aligned. Contains many restaurants, grocery store, Gallery, but here is "Shima" was 0/1820 (1820) was born this entertainment since the building is designated as national. Camera cell phone or store their luggage in the locker. diving goodwill and pay the fee at the reception, only compact cameras. Period of intact, up the steep stairs. In the control room to dances and Parlor Games and still out of Geisha w/byobu, alcove decorated Biwa, Koto, hanging scroll. Mark Chamber was also in the pantry and kitchen downstairs where the tea of life remains, well, everywhere carefully thumbed. Does not have commercial shelves, this beautiful Japanese-style confection became a counter expression of the Mediterranean o薄 and the Japanese-style confection thing in the garden was forget the hustle and bustle of dose with a view.
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  • July 4, 2017
    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.
  • June 23, 2017
    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!
  • April 8, 2017
    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.
  • February 3, 2017
    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.
  • October 1, 2016
    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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