Ochaya Shima (National Important Cultural Property )

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”.

Spot details

Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-13-21
9:30-17:30 (Dec.-Feb. until 17:00)
open everyday
[Admission fee] [General] 500yen (450yen for groups of 20 or more) [Small/Junior high school students] 300yen (250yen for groups of 20 or more)
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Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

Articles about this spot


  • Interesting
    4.0 Reviewed:2019.11.25
    Interesting little museum in former geisha house. They have articles used by the geishas— guitars, drums, hair pins, tip bags. I think it was 500-550 yen, and the museum will take you 15-20...
  • Authentic building to learn about Geisha
    4.0 Reviewed:2019.11.03
    I found the visit pleasant and interesting for 2 aspects. On the one hand, the historical building, its layout and garden. On the other hand, the way Geisha lived.
  • An interesting glimpse into a geishas lifestyle
    5.0 Reviewed:2019.10.18
    Well worth the small price you pay to enter - it was a learning experience where we took great photographs and had a chance to catch a glimpse into a geishas lifestyle.

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