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Kanazawa Higashi Chaya Shima
It is a tea house that is designated as a national important cultural property. It is culturally and academically highly evaluated property that remains the building of Edo period without any change since it was built in 1820. The tea houses are delicately and gracefully designed houses which originally served as a place that upper classes had entertainment, mainly the performances of geisha. It doesn’t have any closets that normal houses would have. The well and kitchen remain as they were in those days. You can also have authentic green tea and a teacake while looking at a beautiful Japanese-style garden at the tearoom “Kansonan.”
- 13-21-1 Higashiyama, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
- Contact No.
- From JR Kanazawa station, take Hokutetsu bus on line 11, 12, 88 and so on. Ride for 8 minutes and get off at the bus stop: Hashibacho. Walk for 5 minutes.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 30 minutes
- Admission fee
- Admission 500 yen
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Mae-zashiki is a spacious guest room with the alcove called Biwa-doko. Half of the alcove has higher floor because of the shelf called “Biwa-dana.” When the guests sit with their backs to the alcove, they are facing towards the stage of the performance, Hikae no Ma (waiting room).
Graceful Tea House for Well-Educated People Only
Tea house is the place of entertainment for upper class people. The people allowed here are required not only to be prosperous, but also to be well educated and have various abilities such as playing koto (Japanese harp), Japanese flute, dance, manners in the tea ceremony, and composing haikai (seventeen-syllable verse). Every part of the gracefully built building bring about a tasteful atmosphere reminding visitors of the attractive time in those days.
Relaxing Time with Green Tea at “Kansonan”
After enjoying a graceful tea house, Kansonan awaits you with authentic green tea and a teacake. You can spend a relaxing time in front of the beautiful Japanese style inner garden while thinking about the good old days and entertainment in those days.