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Shima

1-13-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture 920-0831, Japan
+81 76-252-5675
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Ranked #6 of 65 attractions in Kanazawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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Sydney
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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106 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

It was OK. I guess I'm glad I saw it, but I got bored of it very quickly and I was not impressed with the whole geisha district. Time was better spent elsewhere.

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Fuchu, Japan
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

An authentic Geisha Tea House in Higashi Chayagai. The admission fee is 400 yen and you can have a green tea with sweets for extra 700 yen. I highly recommend to try a green tea in the old tea house, though the place you can have tea looks newly renovated but it was really cozy there.

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San Francisco, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
45 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This is a geisha house from late 1800's that is now a museum. It is quiet and cool inside. A great break from the June heat. You get a real feeling for the life style of the times. There is a beautiful collection of combs and musical instruments. The tea from serves a red bean curd sweet and tea in... More

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San Diego, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Shima is one of the old geisha residences in Japan. It is well preserved and worth a visit. The residence gives you a real picture of what it was like living in Japan 100+ years ago.

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