Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro

Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai Kaikaro

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Nida K
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Oct 2017 • Family
We were at a sushi place and saw a poster for an evening with geisha at Kaikaro. The restaurant host told us it was a great evening and she was right.

I have always been so intrigued by geisha girls so it was a brilliant insight.

The host, Lady Baba, is hilarious. She gives you lots of information about geisha, and then they perform some dances, play drums and the audience can participate in the latter.

It was really a brilliant night and not to be missed in kanazawa.

You can book online by just googling kaikaro tickets.

Written October 8, 2017
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aizhan
Da Nang, Vietnam36 contributions
Nov 2015 • Solo
Performance by the real Maiko. We were given a house tour, small gifts after the show. I was in Kyoto Gyon maiko show, but this one was miles better and if I remember correctly - cheaper. And we had two maiko perform for us, they danced, sang a song and played drums. I had an opportunity to play the drums and take pictures with them. It was the highlight of my trip. Make sure to book in advance and get there a bit earlier to get the best seats. And check our the kimono displays of the house. The 'mother' of the house speaks English and has a great sense of humour!
Written January 3, 2016
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cocodaisycoco
Kanazawa, Japan18 contributions
Apr 2015 • Friends
Even for local people in Kanazawa like us it's pretty difficult to see real geisha because of their strict admittance policies. However, Kaikaro offers you an opportunity to see geisha performance in their real geisha house without connections through their official show. I think that’s amazing however, the show is not held every day unfortunately because of geisha’s schedules, that's what they say. Seems Kanazawa’s geisha are pretty busy, huh? Another good thing is that the female owner can explain everything about their culture and their traditional building all in English. As a world-travel-lover, I say English is the key to communicate with local people in other countries. Anyway I recommend you to make sure when they have a show open to the public.
Written October 14, 2015
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Alan F
Brussels, Belgium49 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
The kaikaro. Tea House is an old Geisha establishment. It is interesting to visit it during the day. But they propose a Geisha dance show from 6pm to 7.30pm and this is a complete rip of.it costs 4800 yen per person. For this you get 15 minutes of explanation of the house's discretion in relation to its customers and then 15 minutes of 3 brief very simple dances by one "geisha" accompanied by a another "geisha" singing and playing a kind of guitar. The rest of the time is spent by members of the audience banging away on large drums.

Several other customers were as negative. About this "show" as we were. In addition you have to watch it hunched on your knees!!!!!'
Written April 8, 2015
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McG_Road_Warrior
Tokyo, Japan538 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
The Higashi Chaya district, or Geisha district as we call it here, is like a mini Kyoto. The district is a handful of blocks dating from the 1820s and is still filled with teahouses, shops seeing gold leaf items and some older Geisha still practicing their crafts. There are several festivals that take place in Higashi Chaya. It’s a very rewarding place to visit, especially if you haven’t been to the Geisha district in Kyoto.

Directions: A 15 walk northeast of Kenroku-en, across the Asanagawa river.
Written January 30, 2015
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tarostra
Bangkok, Thailand251 contributions
Jan 2014 • Friends
Kaikaro is just another quaint old wooden house on the outside and looks less interesting than Shima opposite, but as you go inside an aggressively bright and cheerful red lacquer staircase tells you it's anything but boring.
The rooms are beautifully decorated and designed. We often found ourselves just kneeling quietly enjoying the calm beauty of the rooms. Look out for the chirping floorboards (intentionally designed to act like a buzzer) and the similar more creaky version by the little gift shop. The dining room with its long table is also very special and the golden tearoom is exquisite - surprisingly understated considering that the tatami mats are threaded with thin gold wires!
It's very easy to imagine this house full of life and song and laughter.
Written January 30, 2014
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Marina H
Denver, CO46 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
We remained in Higashi Chaya the old geisha teahouse district with narrow streets and wooden facades. Occasionally a geisha would walk by. (This city is the only place besides Kyoto where geisha train. ) We stayed in a 150 year old tea house and spent 2 days just wandering around the back streets marveling at the old houses,
The town also has a famous garden, Kenroku-en rated as one of the top three gardens on Japan. We ate lunch there in a tea house overlooking a small lake. It is a beautiful spot with manicured green spaces and beautiful willow type trees.
This is certainly a place to be if interested in old Japan. It’s charm and unhurried pace is catching. We were sorry to leave.
Marina
Written August 3, 2018
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dancing-freak
Tel Aviv, Israel1,225 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
Our group went here to see the shops and in the end visit a geisha's house.
We had a very interesting meeting with a veteran geisha who explained us what the life of geishas looks like. I suppose that anyone who is disappointed with such a meeting, simply went to the wrong place.
B.t.w., please forget about all the horrible stereotypes of geishas you ever heard of.
Written February 10, 2018
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Donna S
Florence, WI1,601 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
In Kanazawa, geishas are called "geiken", but they're the same thing. They are actually professional entertainers skilled in dance, music, conversation, tea and food service - not "playmates". As our hostess told us "There are other professions for 'that'. . . " This tea house no longer has its own live-in geiken; it contracts with 6 other tea houses to hire them as needed, and the ladies "commute" to work in their street clothes. Some are even discretely married. Most patrons are now businessmen hosting their clients. There is a special "Introductory" group offer for tourist and first-time visitors (about $200 pp), but "regulars" must be sponsored by an existing client (who must guarantee their bill). Clients then run a tab for billing 3-4X a year. And it ain't cheap: the "Plum" pkg is $220, and there are two levels above that - "Bamboo" and "Crane". Each session last 90 mins. Order of service begins with singing and music, then conversation, then food, then drumming, and maybe ending with a lesson in one of the performing arts. You can also visit during the day, sans dinner and performance, for about $7 pp. Geiken can begin training as young as 18, and the oldest is now 83! And in case you are interested in becoming a geiken, there are no set qualifications. . . Hostess speaks good English, so you won't need to go with a guide.
Written September 2, 2017
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MargiePink
Maryville30 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
We came across a poster advertising the Geisha entertainment as we strolled through the Higashi Chaya District of Kanazawa and we're lucky enough to get tickets. We waited in line after purchase, as it is first in, first served, but it was very well organised. The staff were all very welcoming and friendly. And the show was also camera friendly. I thought the tickets were fairly expensive, but after the show definitely thought it was worth it. Lady Baba, our host was a delight...a mix of information and humour. The geisha performances were fascinating, and the drinking game very funny. We even had the unexpected privilege of witnessing a marriage proposal. Now, that was something really special!
I would recommend this to those wishing to experience something uniquely Japanese...it is one of the highlights of our trip. Tickets can be bought on line...probably the best option. We were lucky enough to stumble across this gem.
Written April 8, 2017
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