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Shima Geisha House, Kanazawa

(4/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Speaking of the Higashi Chaya district, first of all, Shima's best spot. Still not restored tea house in the Edo period. Has room valve handle color characteristic of Kanazawa style wall walls and walls of Ultramarine. Clan are said to mostly before the rice-like. Displays time lamp, Dresser and shamisen. This is the place when I visited family and friends from other prefectures, always come together.
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  • For 500 yen is definitely worth stopping to look around in this ancient ochaya, or House for the Geisha district of Kanazawa. They take off their shoes at the entrance and are not permitted large cameras, we photographed her cell phone. The Interior is really nice and there is an air of other times.
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  • Very nice old tea-house in the Geisha district Preserved very nice and very interesting to see they had good time in old times.  more »
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  • 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.
  • This summer our family visited Shima for the second time. Last summer, we loved their macha tea and exquisite wagashi, so we had to visit again. Shima has a lovely show case of how a geisha tea house looked like. It was fun imagining the sound of shamisen (Japanese string instrument) and dancing geisha. The best part is the tea room at the end of the route facing a small but very charming garden. There, you give the staff wooden tea tickets, and sit and wait. Soon, the staff bring freshly made macha green tea and wagashi (Japanese sweets). Kanazawa is known for their high quality Japanese sweets, but the sweet they served were outstanding and went very well with the tea. The room only fits 10 people or so. I highly recommend you pay the extra 700yen/person to have a green tea at the end, and relax. They are open 9am-6pm everyday.
  • I believe this is a bit of a tourist trap. Not much information in any language but japanese (there was one guide in the whole staff that was nice, these two stars go to her). Ah... One extra bummer, once inside you find you they charge extra if you want to try POWDER tea... I would avoid it .
  • 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.
  • No english information at all so you miss all the idea Just tiny little room at the end with some short videos