Higashi Chaya District is one of the most popular destinations in Kanazawa.
As I wrote in my previous post, we went there on the first night. And we visited again, on the second day of our trip. I wanted her to see the different view of the townscape in Higashi Chaya District.
This area is called Higashi Chaya District. Higashi (ひがし/東) means "east", and Chaya (ちゃや/茶屋) means "a tea house". There're several Chaya districts in Kanazawa city, where Geisha (do you know Geisha?) entertains people by performing traditional dances. It may remind you of Kyoto, right? Yeah, Kyoto is the most famous area for foreigners to see Geisha! Kanazawa isn't as big and famous as Kyoto at all, but it's been called "小京都（しょうきょうと）" which means "Little Kyoto". You know why? ；）
It takes about 10 minutes by bus from Kanazawa station to Higashi Chaya District. Maybe less than 30 minutes on foot? Kazue-machi Chaya District is also a small Geisha district. I think there're a few guest-houses in this area. The riverside scenery is really pretty especially at the evening twilight time.
You can buy some souvenirs, try on a Kimono (Japanese traditional cloths), have a cup of Macha (Japanese green tea) with sweets... Oh, I almost forgot to say about 金箔（きんぱく） /kinpaku/ "gold leaf".
If you've been to Kyoto before, you must have seen 金閣寺（きんかくじ）, Kinkakuji, the temple of the Golden Pavilion. (Google it if you haven't seen it yet!) It's covered in 金箔, gold leaf. You can see the very gold leaf in Kanazawa because 99% of metal leaf in Japan are produced here! Also, you can try gold leaf pasting! ：D
Can you believe that gold leaf is less than 0.0001mm thick?
|Can you see gold leaf floating on the surface of the tea?|
Don't forget to explore back streets when you go to Chaya districts!! ：） Don't rush, don't hurry, take your time to see around town. This is the most important tip to enjoy sightseeing in Kanazawa.