We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
All photos (570)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good46%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
1-13-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa 920-0831, Ishikawa Prefecture
+81 76-252-5675
Improve This Listing
Ways to Experience Shima
from $263.08
More Info
from $471.28
More Info
Reviews (291)
Filter reviews
77 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews geisha house musical instruments tea house upper class geisha culture old days worth a visit tea ceremony small house shamisen teahouse glimpse video merchants wood brochure higashi
Selected filters
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 77 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While it is interesting to walk through a Japanese house, there is very little stuff inside and almost no explanation in English. So you can see a couple of hair brushes, a musical instrument and two drums more or less.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ToniTijay
Reviewed July 23, 2019 via mobile

Interesting, but really nothing special. Entrance fee too high for what you get. Quite boring actually.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Mer21maid
Reviewed July 22, 2019

We really enjoyed our visit--the house is really well preserved, and the staff is really nice. My kids got to try out a shamisen, which was fun for them. To make the most of the visit, it is worth looking up a little bit about...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank 123asb2018
Reviewed May 17, 2019

This traditional former geisha house dates from 1820. Inside you are able to see what living conditions were like for the average geisha. The tea shop is a great place to have a break and relax. Beautiful garden and serene atmosphere.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank NoeB1
Reviewed April 20, 2019

This small house recreates beautifully the magical world of the Geiko, highly recommended. Save room for a matcha here

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Roam624102
Reviewed January 25, 2019

This Geisha house for upper class merchants was built of wood in 1820 and remains much the same today. It is easy to see how the merchants were entertained with musical instruments and dancing. A visit to the underground kitchen and cellars showed how the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Bella C
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Very nice place to visit. When we were there, it rained a great deal so that made us decide to go in. Amazing to see how an okaya used to be, surprised to find out how tiny and flimsy it all is. I mean, rice...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kaasmeisje
Reviewed September 7, 2018

In this very nice 'old' neighbourhood, you can visit this former geisha house. Just two floors, but it gives a good impression of the old days. Check the drums (for a former 'game' between client and geisha) and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank maartenw2016
Reviewed August 22, 2018

The Higashi Kuruwa was a high-class eastern pleasure quarter established in 1820 by the Saga feudal government. It was a place for wealthy tradesmen and scholars to go to socialize with their peers and watch geishas play the Japanese harp and the shamisen, dance, sing...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Sharon H
Reviewed June 2, 2018

The music from the video playing on a loop is so evocative and really added to the atmosphere - even though we don’t usually like the shamizen. Lots of alcoves, nooks and crannies. A must.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Honestcouple
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 121 nearby hotels
6 reviews
.02 miles away
12 reviews
.10 miles away
Zenroku Hotel Kanazawa
1 review
.14 miles away
Kizuya Inn
19 reviews
.19 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 4,160 nearby restaurants
Hakuichi, Higashiyama
68 reviews
.03 miles away
39 reviews
.03 miles away
18 reviews
.03 miles away
17 reviews
.03 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 530 nearby attractions
Higashichaya Old Town
2,473 reviews
.01 miles away
Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro
140 reviews
.02 miles away
Utasu Shrine
47 reviews
.09 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Shima staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines