An Enticing Evening with Authentic Geisha Awaits
Kanazawa’s largest teahouse offers guests the refined traditions of Japanese hospitality
Veteran geisha will welcome you into their world of traditional tea house culture at Kaikaro, a stunning teahouse in Kanazawa’s historic Higashi Chaya district. Designated as a national cultural asset, the area’s traditional architecture dates to the early 19th century and is characterized by two-story wooden buildings fronted by beautifully carved lattices.
With a history of over 200 years, the Kaikaro is the largest teahouse here. Hanako Baba, the English-speaking house proprietress, leads a group of elegant entertainers. The geisha will treat you to a tour-de-force performance of traditional song and dance, while the proprietress provides commentary to aid your understanding of the lyrics and movements.
After this cultural experience, you can enjoy authentic Kanazawa cuisine with a multicourse meal featuring local seasonal ingredients. Don’t be surprised if you see edible gold leaf on your plate—it’s a symbol of the historic wealth of the Kaga samurai lords.
Access: Take the shinkansen bullet train to Kanazawa (2.5 hrs.).
Geisha Evenings in Kanazawa
1-14-8 Higashiyama, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa-ken
approx. 120 min. or more