A chaya (茶屋, lit. teahouse) is an exclusive type of restaurant where guests are entertained by geisha who perform song and dance. Kanazawa has three well preserved chaya districts, Higashi Chayagai (Eastern Chaya District), Nishi Chayagai (Western Chaya District) and Kazuemachi. Each of the three districts has its own charms and mix of shops, cafes and chaya restaurants.
The Nishi Chaya District (西茶屋街, Nishi Chayagai), is a compact area just a short walk from the Ninja Temple. It is much smaller and quieter than the Higashi Chayagai and has just one attraction open to the public: a museum, the Nishi Chaya Shiryokan, which displays the history of the district and is a meeting place for free tours of the area (Japanese only).
Nishi Chaya Shiryokan
At the southern end of the district Hours: 9:30 to 17:00 Closed: No closing days Admission: Free
This converted chaya houses a museum with a model tea room and an exhibition about the history of the district.
Getting there and around
The Nishi Chaya District is located a short walk from Hirokoji bus stop reachable in 15 minutes from Kanazawa Station via the Left Loop of the Kanazawa Loop Bus.