Hey guys, it’s been a while, right? I’m really busy with work these past few months and haven’t been able to update as frequently as before; sorry! Hope you enjoy this Japan travel entry! Anyone visiting Japan soon? I highly recommend this area in Kanazawa especially those who are interested in the Japanese culture. If you’ve been reading my Kanazawa entries…you’re probably aware that I went to a ninja village (and met a real life ninja!!!)…well, say hello to the Higashi Chayagai District in Kanazawa, Japan — home to rows of “chaya” [beautiful wooden houses] where geishas have been entertaining guests by performing songs and dances since the Edo period.
Before going to Kakairo we strolled along the main street of the Higashi Chayagai District.
Chaya are traditional places for exclusive parties, where geisha have been entertaining guests by performing songs and dances since the Edo period. Being built in 1820, this well-preserved chaya district has been designated as Japan’s Important Preservation District. At dusk the chaya come alight, and the sounds of shamisen begin to be faintly heard.
Happy family <3
The area is so picturesque we couldn’t help but take a photo in nearly every corner!
This very photogenic tree tho <3
With the crew! Wouldn’t have been as fun without them ^u^
Every corner, right? :)) It was actually a bit warm but I had to wear my furry hooded coat cause… perfect #ootd shots = life.
Spotted these traditional Japanese slippers upon entering the Kaikaro.
With over 190 years of history, Kaikaro is the largest chaya in the Higashi Chayagai District, being registered on city’s historical buildings.
You can see fine examples of classical chaya architecture such as kimusuko, large, barred panels that let in the sun but prevent outsiders from looking into the building.
The rows of two-story houses can only be seen in these chaya districts, since such constructions were a rare privilege for the nobility during the Edo period.
Had a mini tour around the chaya and got to see all sorts of awesome stuff that geisha’s used in their performances and daily life.
You can buy these cute charms and other accessories in the mini shop inside the chaya.
Kaikaro offers tourists a rare chance to see traditional chaya’s exquisite interior. Enter through the wooden slide door and the vermilion-lacquered stairs strike the eye. Ozashiki banquet rooms are positioned on the second floor, containing lustrous red walls. You’ll also find bold fusuma-e paintings, “nightingale floor” or chirping floorboards, an impressive golden tea ceremony room, and numerous other amazing architectural and design element. Immerse yourself in the world of chaya culture.
Highlight of the visit was we got to meet the beautiful owner Lady Baba !
She told us that the geisha house was built in 1820 and has been awarded one star in the Michelin Guide, wow!
Naturally, we all wanted to have a photo taken with Lady Baba — which she happily obliged to!
Down the secret passage/stairs
Golden paper cranes. If you folded a thousand of these, they say that your wish will be granted!
Omatcha & Wagashi — A cup of Nodaya brand green tea, and an original confectionary (bean-paste in a bun) sold only at the geisha house.
Overall a very fun and unique experience! For bookings and inquiries, you can contact JTB Philippines 🙂