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Address: 1-13-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa 920-0831, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 76-252-5675
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Naples, Italy
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Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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Naples, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Very cool to see the house and rooms. It was nice to get to your at your own pace. The tea room to try the green tea was a nice experience but they didn't give you the full tea ceremony. Would have been nice to have a gift shop or to see geishas walking around

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 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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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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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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