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All reviews gold leaf ice cream geisha houses souvenir shops old style lovely area historic district small area tea house step back in time worth a visit edo period narrow streets japanese tea higashi chaya district nice walk wander around
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Reviewed yesterday

You can stroll along the streets lined with traditional houses. Nice to see people dressed in Kimono in this area. Nice place to take a walk to get the feel of old Japan.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Anniesg L
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is one of the reasons to come to Kanazawa. It is a relatively small area but very much worth the visit. Now if you like it here make sure you go o the Naga-machi Buke Yashiki district.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Lee K
Reviewed 3 days ago

It is a great walk around Higashi chaya old town area. You can see old style houses tucked in small laneways. Also you can walk along the river. It's a very nice feeling. The best part of it all, there's a hidden gem. Best ramen...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Mister T
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is like the equivalent of Gion in Kyoto. There’s a museum on geisha and you can catch performance during Apr/ May every year. Kanazawa is famous for gold, so almost everything is covered in gold. You can try the ice cream covered with gold...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Emily2018_G_Scott
Reviewed 5 days ago

Old part of the Kanasawa town with several markets, restaurants, patisseries, tea bar,.. Not so far from the Castle and the best garden.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank pduncan75013
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Historically and architecturally interesting but actually a surprisingly small area of Kanazawa. Quite picturesque for a stroll but doesn’t take long. Mostly places to eat and souvenirs. It is a crowded tourist area, so avoid main part of the day if you want good photos.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Kittie01
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Old wooden houses, craft shops, galaxies, cafes. Apparently it is a favourite place for local youngsters. In one, one and a half hour, all there is to see is covered.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank yossir2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful old houses. Better visit in day light to see the charming houses and stroll along the alley ways .There are some restaurant.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank susheelar_12
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating historic quarter of Kanazawa! Fun to see the number of young women in traditional Japanese kimonos. Our guide told us it is quite the fashion for young women to wear the traditional garb. Plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants. Great place to explore.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of tourists obviously, but not as crowded as Kyoto's Geisha district. I wish I had time for a tea ceremony or to enjoy tea in the old tea houses.

Date of experience: March 2019
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December 17, 2017|
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Response from djmontano | Reviewed this property |
I would recommend taking public transportation but if you do need to bring a car, there are small parking lots around the neighborhood. These will likely be easily full on weekends so come early.
February 1, 2017|
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Response from GMTravelJapan | Reviewed this property |
The most places in Higashichaya will be commercial/tourist, but these are great experience.The other would be to very local, but I would not do that. Kanazawa is not commercialized as Kyoto. To have Geisha do a tea ceremony... More