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“Kazuemachi Chayagai” is one of the three biggest chayagai, tea house districts, in Kanazawa alongside Kanazawa Higashi Chayagai and Nishi Chayagai. This tea house district has a perfect match of nature and beautiful architecture of “O-chaya,” tea houses, surrounded by Mount Utatsu and Asano River, and you may hear the sound of Shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese instrument, at dusk. There are Japanese restaurants that have elegant lattice doors and this area is designated as an important preservation district of historic buildings. Many people including locals and tourists visit this atmospheric strolling course.
- Kazuemachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
- Contact No.
- 8-min bus ride by Hokutetsu Bus No.11,12,16 from JR Kanazawa Station on JR, get of at Hashibacho bus stop, followed by a min walk. 12-min bus ride by Joukamachi Kanazawa Shu-yu Bus, get off at Hashibacho (Kinjoro mae) and walk for a min
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
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Authentic O-chaya and Ryotei
Kazuemachi Chayagai has a tranquil and traditional atmosphere with several ryotei, old established restaurants, and O-chaya. There are tea houses and bars that have been renovated inside old stores, and select shops that mainly sell traditional crafts. Despite it being a popular sightseeing spot, it has a quiet and elegant air.
Two aesthetic slopes: Kuragari zaka and Akari zaka
There are two slopes on the back streets of Kazuemachi. Kuragari zaka, which literary means dark slope, was used by male customers heading to chayagai who wanted to avoid people’s eyes. As the name suggests this slope is dark even during the day, and has many corners. In contrast, the other slope to chayagai is called “Akarizaka,” slope of light.
Kazuemachi Ryokusuien Park, Kyu Nishiuchiso gamaebori
This is a small park in Kazuemachi that is designated as an important preservation district of historic buildings. This park was renovated with Nishiuchiso gamaebori, old inner moat of Kanazawa castle, in the center. This is a place you can drop by casually during your walk. You can look over the whole area of the park from the three meter high mound.
Kaga Yuzen Toro Nagashi
This is a seasonal event that tells you early summer in Kanazawa has arrived. About 1,200 toro, Japanese lanterns, decorate Asano River at night and create a fantastic view in front of your eyes. When people float toro in the river, they thank the river which is necessary for making Kaga Yuzen, traditional technique for dyeing silk from this area, and pray to ancestors with hopes of future growth of Kaga Yuzen.