In a beautiful townhouse of the district, try on an authentic traditional outfit before attending a tea ceremony with kimono in the house’s tea room
"The Tea ceremony" is more than having a cup of tea.
"The Tea Ceremony" has been systematized by Japanese hospitality, culture by incorporating various aesthetic elements.
When you put yourself in the tea room with traditional Japanese kimono , all five senses come to life.
The tea ceremony (Cha no Yu no Michi), embodies the unique Japanese style, aesthetic sense, combined with the spiritual background of Zen, refined by the sensibilities of sparseness and silence.
Machiyajuku, is a renovated 100-year-old Kanazawa old house. The tea room on the second floor is called Koshian. Entering the Koshian you are transformed by flowers and hanging shafts, movements in front of the tea, the warmth and softness of the tea bowl that you feel on your hands and lips, the sound of hot water (pine wind) and the sound of pouring water, the aroma and taste of tea. By fully engaging the five senses, you will be led to a world that is comfortable both physically and mentally.
① Clothes fitting (about 30 minutes)
② How to enter the tearoom:
Walking patterns, paying attention to the room’s decoration, looking at the utensils etc.（about 10 minutes）
③ Explanation of the flow of the tea ceremony:
How to greet, handle utensils, have tea ceremony sweets and tea etc. (about 40 minutes)
※Please ask chairs if you feel too hard to sit on Tatami for long time.
※Please prepare white socks.
【Visitor`s Comment 】
One of the most remarkably preserved historical town areas of the city and its whole region, Higashi Chaya District, the
“Eastern teahouse district” exudes a uniquely fin de siècle atmosphere. One could easily spend hours rambling around in
this unchanged floating world of narrow alleys, daydreaming of wealthy merchants, idle gentry and samurais, the so-called
elite of the time, chasing after distractions in half-lit rooms, dazzled by endlessly pouring alcohol and the gentle moves of
geishas performing songs and dances in their fancy kimonos. Nostalgia is everywhere around, flowing through the lattices
and facades of the district’s uncountable wooden houses...
Straying away from the district’s main street, the alleys gradually become empty of tourists. That’s where you will find
Machiya Juku, one of the many well-preserved traditional townhouses that are open to the public. The elegant Machiya
Juku allows you to immerse yourself in the refinement of those long-gone days by attending a comprehensive experience
open to everyone, regardless of age and gender. After having chosen from a large collection of splendid outfits, and putting
on the kimono that matches your taste, you are invited to an in-depth experience of one of the cores of Japanese’s traditional
culture, the tea ceremony.
Steps, gestures, attitudes, utensils and also the spoken words, the traditional tea ceremony is a masterpiece of codes,
symbolics and refinement that will no longer hold any secrets from you. Beyond the cultural interest of an utterly authentic
experience, the delightful moments spent on the tatami mats of Machiya Juku might just be the best way to make your visit
to Higashi Chaya District one of the most endurable memories of your trip in Kanazawa!
- Wa no Juku Machiya Juku
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- 7,000 yen (from 2people) for 1person
10,000yen for 1person
- Rental kimono, fitting, Japanese traditional sweets (two kinds), two bowls of green tea(maccha)
- Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays
- Mondays: 10:30/14:00/16:00
- About 90 minutes（Note: depends on the number of participants, as the fitting
times could be longer）
- Departure Point
- 1-34-6Higashiyama Kanazawa Ishikawa pref.
- By Car
- By Public Transportation
- 7 minutes’ walk from the "Hashibacho" bus stop from JR Kanazawa Station
5 minutes’ walk from the center of Higashi Chaya District
- Up to 5 people
- Minimum Participants
- Please make a reservation by phone at least 3 days in advance.
- In the case of cancellation, please be sure to contact Machiya Juku in advance.
Cancellation fee: 50% the day before, 100% on the day.
- Wa no Jikuu Machiya Juku
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