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Address: 1-13-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa 920-0831, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 76-252-5675
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Inside a Historical Home

We visited the Shima Tea House and had tea there. It gave a perspective into the Geisha lifestyle and it was a treat to be inside one of these historic homes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
tjtjtj
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washington dc

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washington dc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited the Shima Tea House and had tea there. It gave a perspective into the Geisha lifestyle and it was a treat to be inside one of these historic homes.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

From the moment you take your shoes off you are transported back in time. It is great that this piece of Japanese history and culture has been preserved for all to visit. From the timber buildings, screens and variety of rooms, Shima lifts the veil on what life in an Ochaya must have been like. For readers of "Memoirs of... More 

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Went there because I'm interested to find out more about geisha and tea tradition. However, most of the materials are in Japanese with no English guide. It will be good to have a English guide to explain its significance since the exhibited place is a very small geisha house. However, there are good exhibits of geisha traditions and tea ceremony... More 

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Thank Bigfoot27
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Billed as one of the oldest Geisha Houses in the Higashiyama quarter, and now a museum, we were looking forward to gleaming more knowledge about this profession. Besides the steep entrance fee, we could not bring our DSLR into the museum. Pocket cameras and phone cameras were OK. The cameras, bags, and water had to be locked into a free... More 

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Thank Jamie575
Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

I looked forward to the visit because I'm interested in Geisha history and tradition. But this was a rip off and I came away hugely disappointed. First off the entry fee is 550 yen. You pay and enter but then you are told you cannot take your bag or your camera inside, no correction, only small cameras and mobile phones.... More 

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Thank Marie_Holdy
Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

It is a must visit attraction when in Higashi Chaya, Kanazawa. It is a Geisha House. It is said to be the 'only' kind in the country. The whole visit lasts about half hour to an hour. Highly recommended.

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Thank Irene L
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Very interesting traditional Geisha house with conserved interior. Worth a stop, especially since this is the only Geisha house open to the public in Kanazawa.

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Thank Yavianice
Naples, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Lovely tea house, it is really interesting because you have the chance to see a lot of geishas' items as combs, shamisen, drums. the structured of the tea house is beautiful, completely done in wood on 2 levels, in that period having 2 levels the house meant that it was really famous. Best part was having a tea sat in... More 

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Lancefield, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The geisha house is worth a stop if you are in the area. It isn't a major tourist attraction, though various parts of it are interesting, particularly the old kitchen.

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Thank J-J2030
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

The house itself is interesting and rather beautiful. However the entry charge combined with the later macha charge made the whole experience somewhat tourist trap. Some other nearby tea houses provided a more authentic and friendly experience .

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