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Shima

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Address: 1-13-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa 920-0831, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 76-252-5675
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An old Chaya (tea house, geisha house) museum

We visited this place while walking in the Higashi Chaya area, which had preserved old chaya houses on a few streets. The house-museum displayed several small rooms used to be... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 7, 2015
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Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Pennsylvania
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335 reviews 335 reviews
153 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We visited this place while walking in the Higashi Chaya area, which had preserved old chaya houses on a few streets. The house-museum displayed several small rooms used to be where the geisha entertain customers. There were some interesting relics from the old days but in general people were here to get a glimpse of an old institution.

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Hervey Bay, Australia
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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
21 helpful votes 21 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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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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92 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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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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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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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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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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