Higashi Chaya District: Enjoy the tradition and beauty of Kanazawa│Ishikawa Japan

Higashi Chaya District, a treasure trove of history and beauty that spreads across Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture.

In this article, we will explore the charm and history of Higashi Chaya District. Why not visit Higashi Chaya District when visiting Kanazawa?


Overview and characteristics of Higashi Chaya District

Higashi Chaya District (Higashiyama Higashi), located in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, is known for its historical value and beauty.

After Kanazawa Castle was built, this area flourished along with the prosperity of the Kaga clan.

In particular, the culture of singing is thriving, and the atmosphere of chanting echoing throughout the town remains.

Higashi Chaya District retains many teahouse-style townhouses, which are rare in Japan, and has been designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

Architecture and culture of Higashi Chaya District

The most notable feature of Higashi Chaya District is its many traditional buildings.

Approximately two-thirds of the area is traditional buildings, with many remaining Chaya-style townhouses built from the time Chayamachi was founded to the early Meiji period.

These buildings give a sense of Japan’s history and culture, and provide visitors with a powerful experience.

Important cultural property of Higashi Chaya District

One of the notable buildings in Higashi Chaya District is a teahouse called “Shima“. This teahouse has great historical value and was designated as a national important cultural property in 2003.

Shima, which still conveys the atmosphere of the end of the Edo period, is open to the public and you can feel the history inside.

In addition to Shima, there are other buildings designated as important cultural properties, so you can explore the valuable cultural heritage of Higashi Chaya District.

Enjoy Japanese cuisine and cafes, as well as a select shop for traditional crafts.

Higashi Chaya District is dotted with prestigious Japanese restaurants and fashionable townhouse cafes.

You can enjoy traditional Japanese cuisine or take a break with delicious coffee.

There are also plenty of shops selling traditional crafts made by local craftsmen. Perfect for looking for souvenirs and gifts.

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