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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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  • Interesting building, collections of Geisha hair ornaments, musical instruments, kimonos, etc. The kitchen was particularly interesting. We were quite late in the day so one of the main rooms was clos...  more »
  • This house is in the historic Geisha District of Kanazawa. The house is large & beautifully evokes the atmosphere of the geisha culture. The brochure & floor plan provided clearly explains the purpose...  more »
  • I hadn't anticipated on going to Shima but passing by decided to take the plunge. I'm so glad I did! It was like stepping back into time and if you have ever read up on geishas, it really made things ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • A nice learning opportunity of the world of Geisha
  • Purpose-built geisha house, and with that noticeably different from the other houses (merchant, samurai, temple, etc) you are likely to visit. Also has a teahouse on site, fine matcha, good sweets, bit on the expensive side.