Higashi Chaya District in Kanazawa, Japan is one of the most beautifully preserved entertainment districts from the Edo period. Chaya (literally, a teahouse) used to be an exclusive type of pleasure house and restaurant frequented by the members of the nobility as well as by wealthy merchants. They were the main attractions of the so-called pleasure districts often found just outside the town limits. The patrons were entertained by professional geishas versed in musical arts as well as in arts of seduction.
Today, the district has only two chayas while the other buildings have been turned into souvenir shops, cafes and the like. One of these two extant teahouses, the Ochaya Shima, is now preserved as a historical geisha house and museum. The other one, the Kaikaro Chaya, however still serves as a working geisha house that is open to commoners during daytime. At night, however, this house of entertainment opens its doors to wealthy patrons only.Places nearby:
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