Historical Rows of Houses Designated as Japan's Cultural Assets Chaya is a traditional place of feasts and entertainment, where geisha (traditional female Japanese entertainers) have been entertaining people by performing dances and playing Japanese traditional musical instruments since the Edo period. The central part of Kanazawa was dotted with a number of chaya
SHIMA is a chaya house built simultaneously with the construction of the Higashi Chaya district in 1820. This house is a precious chaya construction that has been designated as Japan's important cultural asset. The guestrooms and waiting room on the second floor with no closets, small courtyard, and other parts of the building that are used as a place of
Kaikaro is a refurbished chaya house originally existed more than 180 years ago. The interior of the house includes vermilion-lacquered stairs, vegetable-dyed tatami (mats made of woven straw), fusuma-e (paintings on sliding-door panels) created by a contemporary artist, and a Japanese tearoom with tatami made of gold-laced woven straw, all of which have
This rest station for tourists reproduces a town house of the latter half of the 19th century. Sightseeing volunteer guides stand by here, guide visitors (in Japanese only) around the Higashi Chaya district, and give information on local sightseeing spots.
This museum focuses on and exhibits gold beating tools and artistic handicraft articles collected by Komei Yasue, a famous gold leaf artisan. Visitors can see the manufacturing process of gold leaves. The museum exhibits a large number of works including folding screens, Noh costumes, Kutani porcelain, a Kanazawa Buddhist altar, Kaga lacquer work, and Kaga
Ume-no Hashi Bridge to Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge The Asanogawa River is one of the two rivers that flow through the central part of Kanazawa, and is also called "Onna (feminine) River." The Asanogawa River flows gently in feminine tenderness. The areas from the Ume-no Hashi Bridge, which is close to the Higashi Chaya district, to Kazue-machi through the
The Utatsuyama Temple Area is one of the temple districts in Kanazawa, crowded with more than 50 temples and shrines. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Domain (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas), collected shrines and temples in these districts. It is within a short walking distance from the Higashi Chaya district to the foot of the mountain, where a long and winding
Utatsuyama is a mountain located in the northeast of the Asanogawa River, and the whole serves as a park. The summit of the mountain (with an altitude of 141m) serves as an observatory (Utatsuyama Bokodai Observatory), where you can overlook the Kahoku Lagoon and the Sea of Japan as well as the central part of the city on fine days. The night view of Kanazawa seen from