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Address: 1-13-21 Higashiyama, Kanazawa 920-0831, Ishikawa Prefecture
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Excellent historical Geisha House

From the exterior it blends in with the surrounding houses, but once you step inside it is a historical account of the life of a Geisha. Each room is well preserved and... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2016
Randall K
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Canberra, Australia

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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting building, collections of Geisha hair ornaments, musical instruments, kimonos, etc. The kitchen was particularly interesting. We were quite late in the day so one of the main rooms was closed.

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Melbourne
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240 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house is in the historic Geisha District of Kanazawa. The house is large & beautifully evokes the atmosphere of the geisha culture. The brochure & floor plan provided clearly explains the purpose of each room. There is a lovely garden & even an original kitchen. I also visited another geisha house in the area 'Kaikaro', but 'Shima' was much... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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119 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017

I hadn't anticipated on going to Shima but passing by decided to take the plunge. I'm so glad I did! It was like stepping back into time and if you have ever read up on geishas, it really made things come to light. There's minimal information in English (they give you a large card in English as well as a... More 

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Nagano, Japan
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531 reviews
163 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Very nice old tea-house in the Geisha district Preserved very nice and very interesting to see they had good time in old times.

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Atherton, Australia
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

My kids (15YO, 13YO, 6YO) and my husband and I all enjoyed this beautiful piece of Japanese history. The staff were incredibly friendly and it was a real privilege to view the inside of a historic geisha house. Even without English translation, you can feel the history and see how life once was for the pre-WWII upper class and the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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113 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

The building is quite interesting to visit but I preferred Kaikaro, which is located nearby. NOTE: You are unable to take photos using an iPAD or iPAD mini at this site - smartphones are fine though.

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Canberra, Australia
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610 reviews
295 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

From the exterior it blends in with the surrounding houses, but once you step inside it is a historical account of the life of a Geisha. Each room is well preserved and maintained. We did not choose to stop and enjoy the tea and sweets, but the entry fee and additional costs were reasonable compared to other houses in the... More 

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Thank Randall K
Japan
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

I definitely recommend having a good time in the quiet, warm and comfortable tea room. You can enjoy Japanese green tea and a little sweets in there. It only cost 700 yen!

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Thank Mal1694
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

It is not shiny as Chateau de Versailles, but shows the finest work of Japanese architects. The wood is carefully chosen to match each rooms. Ask the guides inside about the information

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Hexham, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

This is a well preserved traditional Geisha home and museum giving a very interesting glimpse into the life of a Geisha. Well worth a visit to this historic house and the surrounding area.

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