Kanazawa is a lovely city on the northern coast of the island of Honshu about 500km and a pleasant Shinkansen train ride form Tokyo.  Kanazawa is known for its castle, gardens and  three lovely historical edo-era geisha districts; Kazue-Machi, the smallest by the river, Naga Machi Buke or the Samurai Districtand the Higashiyama Higashi Chaya District being the largest

Higashichaya 005 | Higashiyama Higashi Chaya District

Higashiyama Higashi Chaya is full of small shops, sake tastings, delicious food, stunning lacquer bowls – and gold leaf.  Gold leaf done to perfection on crafts; and tasty gold leaf on ice-cream!

Stop by the very well preserved Shima tea house,  with geisha shows, performing dances and the playing Japanese traditional musical instruments – carrying the same notes frome the Edo period.

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Another lovely find is the Hakuza Gold Leaf Store.  A shop selling gold leaf products.  Inside the shop is a traditional Japanese warehouse which has been turned into a tearoom and completely covered inside and out with gold leaf.  Only possible as Kanawaza produces almost all of Japan’s gold leaf. 

Kanazawa, although small, For us has a more natural and local vibe then Gion in Kyoto – which at times felt too stiff and tourist crowded, turning the romanticism of the architecture  into a theme park. We truly wish we had stayed more time in Kanazawa.

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the impressive Hazuka gold-leaf artisan boutique
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Kaikaro Teahous
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920-0831, Japan

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