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Ochaya Shima (National Important Cultural Property )志摩(国指定重要文化財)

Historical Monument

Kanazawa Higashi-rou Shima was built in 1820 in the Kanazawa Higashi Chaya District, and the building to this day hasn’t been altered and remains as it was during the Edo period. It is highly valuable as cultural heritage and has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. The guest rooms on the second floor are structured for the purpose of merrymaking: if the guests sit with their backs to the alcove, the front becomes an anteroom, and it is designed that one can enjoy dancing and artistic accompaniment if the fusuma (Japanese sliding screens) are opened. You can have traditional Kanazawa sweets together with green tea in the tearoom, “Kanson-an”.


Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-13-21

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Review of Shima

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Reviewed:2018/10/06 Happy to have visted
Very nice place to visit. When we were there, it rained a great deal so that made us decide to go in. Amazing to see how an okaya used to be, surprised to find out how tiny and flimsy it all is. I...
Reviewed:2018/09/07 A nice inside view of a former geisha house
In this very nice 'old' neighbourhood, you can visit this former geisha house. Just two floors, but it gives a good impression of the old days. Check the drums (for a former 'game' between client and...
Reviewed:2018/08/23 Tour this original geisha house in the historic eastern pleasure quarter
The Higashi Kuruwa was a high-class eastern pleasure quarter established in 1820 by the Saga feudal government. It was a place for wealthy tradesmen and scholars to go to socialize with their peers...

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Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-13-21 [map]



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[Admission fee] General 500 yen (group 20 or more 450 yen), small/Junior High School Students 300 yen (group 20 or more) 250 yen
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          Long, thin Ishikawa prefecture runs along the Sea of Japan up into Noto Peninsula. Highlights of the seaside towns lining the west coast include Kanazawa, often described as a "Little Kyoto" thanks to its old wooden tea houses and geisha culture as well as its picturesque Japanese garden, Kenroku-en.

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