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Shima

Address: 1-13-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0831, Japan
Phone Number: +81 76-252-5675
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Ranked #6 of 67 Attractions in Kanazawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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218 reviews 218 reviews
126 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This building was open and we had a look at how the Geisha's lived. All information was mostly in Japanese so we were unable to know what was described.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

As one of the places in the Geisha quarter that you can actually enter (without being a souvenir store) Shima is a nice place to get an idea of how the Geisha thing works. However limited English explanation and the emptiness leave a lot to the struggling imagination.

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los angeles
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

I found Shima a revelation! It was an exquisite delight to walk through such a jewel box, with every detail lovingly preserved of the private world of the geisha. One has the sense that time stands still in this place and I can't think of any other place where this experience is accessible. The other geisha house nearby is both... More

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New York City, New York
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199 reviews 199 reviews
91 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I truly enjoyed this experience, I was grateful for our guide who gave us extra information and really helped capture a day in the life of a geisha.

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Sydney
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Got very excited after reading reviews here and went seeking Shima. Definitely left a bit underwhelmed. Beautifully preserved, but really nothing to it. As someone mentioned in an earlier review got bored very quickly. Might have helped to have an English guide. Instead there was a card to read about the history of the room we were in. Area around... More

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Interesting to see the Geisha Museum and see the building, the garden and history of the Geishas. Walk on the three different streets of the different classes of the Geishas

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Sydney
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273 reviews 273 reviews
124 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Very small an compact, Shima is a beautiful preserved example of the old tea houses. Located in the old town section of Kanazawa, once you have taken off your shoes you can visit the three rooms on show and the kitchen area and the small display of artefacts.

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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Shima is a deserving place well worth a visit .so we'll preserved & Maintained .the hair comb ,mirrors ,accessories are a great way to Get a glimpse of the bygone days

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Canberra, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The geisha house itself is very interesting, especially being able to go through the various rooms. I especially liked seeing the kitchen and how it was arranged and the steep stairs to the cellar below. It gave a more domestic touch to the life of a geisha house and brought it more to life.

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Canberra, Australia
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412 helpful votes 412 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I've always wanted to go to a geisha house and was able to do this despite geishas no longer living or working there. The disappointing aspect was that there are no geishas present. Even some photos of some would have been interesting.

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