East Teashop District, Kanazawa

Stroll through this elegant tea district

 By Shozo Fujii   Feb 28, 2017

In the East Teashop District of Kanazawa, you can experience the feeling of being in old Japan as, having escaped the air raids of the second world war, many of the buildings in this area are the same as they were 450 years ago. With many Edo-era buildings, I stopped and took one, two breaths in the alleyway, and soaked up the unmistakable raindrop-like sound of a modern geisha's shamisen coming from one of the townhouses. 

The East Teashop District's townhouses are home to many new cafes and restaurants. However, unlike in Kyoto, these townhouses are used for business, so it's necessary that they be maintained in good condition. As such, it is important for there to be more visitors who appreciate the old-style architecture and want to see it preserved. 

The shops were full of mugwort-flavored wheat gluten cakes. I purchased one and headed home, eating it with my evening beer as I thought about the day and felt glad.

Photography by Shozo Fujii
Japan Travel Partner
Translated by Illaura Rossiter

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Joseph Bautista 10 months ago
A lovely old fashion district. Been there in 2013 and looking forward to go visit again if possible this year. And good spot for crafts souvenirs.