Please confirm the current schedule and charge in advance, as they may vary due to holiday hours, seasonal rates, etc.

【Higashi Chaya District】
To get to the Chaya District, board a Kanazawa Loop bus or a JR bus at the East Gate Bus Terminal of Kanazawa Station, and get off at Hashiba-cho. Please refer to the guide map near the bus stop, and proceed in the direction of the hill to go to the Higashi Chaya District first. It is one of the three Chaya districts of Kanazawa, where traditional Chaya houses with lattices on the front line the streets. The Higashi Chaya District and Kazue-machi Chaya District are designated as National Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings. These areas are full of tourist attractions such as shops selling gold-leaf crafts and Kaga-yuzen silk dyeing crafts, as well as teahouses where you can taste traditional powdered tea and sweets.

Kanazawa Station East Exit Bus terminal - Hashiba-cho, approx. 12 min. by Loop bus or JR bus. Bus fare : adult - 200 yen, child - 100 yen. (Loop bus : One day pass adult - 500 yen, child - 250 yen)

Hashiba-cho - Higashi Chaya District, 3 min. walk.

Check Must-see places in the Higashi Chaya Area

Higashi Chaya District
【Gold Leaf workshop】
In addition to the main second street, you should stroll along the first and third streets; this will enable you to experience the real nostalgic atmosphere of old Japan, and find rare traditional shops that you will not be able to see in other areas. After strolling around, how about making a gold-leaf craft? As more than 90% of Japanese gold leaf is produced in Kanazawa, there are many kinds of gold-leaf crafts here. Yasue Gold Leaf Museum, on the edge of the Higashi Chaya District, has exhibits on the history of gold-leaf crafts in Kanazawa and on their manufacturing processes. Sakuda Gold & Silver Leaf is another place to see gold leaf crafts. The gold folding screens with splendid decoration exhibited on the second floor will be a feast for your eyes. You can make a gold-leaf craft at Hakuza Keikodokoro and Sakuda Gold & Silver Leaf.

Hakuza Keikodokoro : 10:00 - 16:30, 6 workshops per day, closed on Sunday, Monday, National holidays and Year-end and New Year’s holidays. Workshop fee from 600 yen to 1200 yen. Reservations required. TEL. 076-252-3641. Sakuda Gold and Silver Leaf : 9:00 - 15:00, 4 workshops per day(process observation:9:00-17:00).Open all year round. Workshop fee from 600 yen to 1600 yen. Reservations required.
TEL. 076-251-6777.

Higashiyama, where the Higashi Chaya District is located, is at the foot of Utatsuyama Hill, where there are still many historical temples and old buildings. In 2011, the Utatsuyama area was designated as a National Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, and the sightseeing area was broadened. Take a brief look at some of the temples at the foot of the hill, and then cross the wooden Ume-no hashi Bridge over the Asanogawa River to visit the Kazue-machi Chaya District.

Higashi Chaya District - Saiyoji Temple approx. 15 min.walk.
(You will pass by Utasu Jinja Shrine on the way)
Saiyoji Temple - Kazue-machi District approx. 30 min. walk.
(You will cross the Ume-no hashi Bridge on the way)

Kanazawa Gold Leaf
Ume-no hashi Bridge
【Creating Lacquer Ware】
The Kazue-machi Chaya District along the Asanogawa River is located behind the merchant town of Owari-cho. The promenade along the river bank is lined with cherry trees, and in spring, the view of cherry tree branches extending over the river is simply divine. There is a Kaga Lacquer Ware gallery on the second story of Terunoya, which used to be a geisha house. Please make a reservation to experience creating a Lacquer Ware craft.

10:00 - 17:30, closed-days vary. Workshop
fee : 1000 yen. Reservations must be made no later than 5 days before the visit.
TEL. 076-232-2770.

Lacquer Ware workshop
【Way back】
The back streets of the area retain the atmosphere of feudal times. The dark alley along the Kuragarizaka slope to Kuboichi Jinja Shrine in Owari-cho was the route along which wealthy merchants secretly went to geisha houses in Kazue-machi. After feeling what that must have been like, take a bus from Owari-cho back to Kanazawa Station.

Owari-cho - Kanazawa Station, approx.10 min. by JR bus or Kanazawa flat bus(Izumi kyoka Kinenkan bus stop).
Bus fare: JR bus and Hokutetsu bus : adult - 200 yen, child - 100 yen.
     : Kanazawa flat bus adult - 100 yen, child - 50 yen.

Kuragarizaka slope
If you have more time and energy left, it may be a good idea to walk along the street of Owari-cho lined with old shops to the Owari-cho Market. In Owari-cho, you will find the Kanazawa Phonograph Museum, and some shops that have mini-galleries with exhibits of art, tools, equipment and antiques. Some items are on sale, so you may be able to find a good bargain.
Kanazawa Phonograph Museum
This geisha house is a National Important Cultural Asset built in 1820, characterized by its peculiar geisha-house structure. There is a tearoom at the back, where you can have a sophisticated traditional sweet and powdered green tea, while enjoying the view of the compact garden.

9:00 - 18:00, open all year round.
Admission : high school student and over - 400 yen, junior high school student and elementary school student - 300 yen.
TEL. 076-252-5675.

This 180-year-old geisha house was restored and opened to the public. The building incorporates the contemporary features of a red-lacquered stairway and herb-dyed tatami straw mats, which produce a lovely olden-day atmosphere. You can have tea in the tearoom.

9:00 - 17:00, open all year round.
Admission : adult - 700 yen, high school student and younger - 500 yen.
TEL. 076-253-0591.

Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum
This museum of traditional gold leaf crafts exhibits art crafts and tools, and shows the manufacturing processes of gold leaf; here you can find out about every aspect of gold-leaf crafts.

9:30 - 17:00, closed on Year-end and New Year’s holidays, and randomly to change exhibits. Admission : adult - 300 yen, 65 years old and over - 200 yen, high school student and younger - free.
TEL. 076-251-8950.

Utasu Jinja Shrine
This shrine is on the way from the Higashi Chaya District to the temple area on Utatsuyama Hill. It is a shrine related to Lord Maeda Toshiie, which has a history of 718 years. As part of the Setsubun festival held on February 3, geisha girls in the area dedicate their dances to the shrine.