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Shima

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A fascinating "Tea House"

This Geisha house for upper class merchants was built of wood in 1820 and remains much the same... read more

Reviewed January 25, 2019
bella c
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Happy to have visted

Very nice place to visit. When we were there, it rained a great deal so that made us decide to go... read more

Reviewed October 6, 2018
Kaasmeisje
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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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1-13-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa 920-0831, Ishikawa Prefecture
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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
Reviewed June 1, 2018

Don't get me wrong, it's a nice place and the staff is really nice. But it's bassically just a 2 story high house with a couple of old objects (music instruments, furnitures, etc). Really well conserve though. You will learn a bit about the way...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank jeanfran_oist800
Reviewed May 27, 2018

interesting view into the old times of Geisha life. When we visited it was raining cats and dog, so there are only a few visitors in the Teahouse. It is very disapointing that the use of a good camera is forbidden, especially for travellers from...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank reinhardfschmidt
Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

After 4 weeks Japan I wasn’t used to rude and arrogant staff anymore. Most tourist sites in Japan have some rules but the way they enforce them here ruins your experience even before it started. Go and see other traditional houses instead - in a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank siel
Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

母と楽しみにしていた金沢の旅行で最悪のカスタマーサービスを受けました。お客さんの立場や置かれて居る状況を察することが出来ない日本では珍しい最悪のサービスでした。 I think this place is the worst place, worst customer service in Japan which hardly seen and happen. We are not allow to bring our tablet to take some photos. Only accept mobile phone. We were looking forward taking beautiful photos at traditional place...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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