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Address: 1-13-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa 920-0831, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 76-252-5675
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Old geisha house open to tourists

This is one of the only tea-houses in the historical Higashi Chaya district that is open to the pubic and you don't need a reservation for. It used to be a geisha house and is now... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Brodie T
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
36 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is one of the only tea-houses in the historical Higashi Chaya district that is open to the pubic and you don't need a reservation for. It used to be a geisha house and is now a museum and tea hosue. I loved walking around the different rooms and seeing the artifacts that once belonged to the geishas who lived... More 

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Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Pennsylvania
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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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31 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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71 helpful votes 71 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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