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Kanazawa Geisha Experience 2022-23
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In Kanazawa, there are three teahouse districts. Higashi, Nishi, and Kazuemachi. In these teahouses, about 40 geishas have inherited the traditional culture of hospitality. Usually, teahouses in Kanazawa are unable to take reservations from first time customers, but the city of Kanazawa has a special experience plan they created with the purpose to preserve the traditional culture of teahouses. This makes it easy for anyone to enjoy!Experience watching geishas dance, play taiko drums and more. There are even chances to interact and perform together with the geishas as well during these events! Come join for the experience to witness Kanazawa’s geisha! ♦Due to the effects of the new coronavirus, the activities may be cancelled depending on the infection spread status and more.【Countermeasures against new coronavirus variants and requests to guests who participate】At the time of the event, we ask all our guests to abide by the following measures to ensure the best possible experience.  Thank you very much for your understanding and cooperation.・Ensuring participants abide through social distancing procedures. ・Guests participating are requested to wear a mask at all times.・Upon entering the venue, a body temperature measurement will be conducted.・Alcohol disinfectant is provided at the entrance of the establishment. Please cooperate in disinfecting your hands upon entering and leaving the facility.◎To all participantsTeahouses in Kanazawa’s teahouse district are places where geisha entertain guests. Guests are usually regulars and only guests that are invited by those regulars were allowed.  This project is being carried out by Kanazawa City and the Kanazawa City Tourism Association with the special cooperation of the teahouse for the purpose of education and passing down of the teahouse culture. We ask for your understanding and cooperation regarding the following when participating■Please be careful not to damage the interior of the teahouse.Please refrain from walking bare feet in the teahouses, please wear socks. If it rains, please bring a change of socks. ■The venue’s tatami room is usually on the second floor, please note that there is no elevator to the second floor.■You will be asked to sit on a cushion in a Japanese-style room. You do not have to sit upright. Please feel free to sit comfortably while enjoying the event. ■Drinking alcohol is not allowed.■Please be respectful and mindful of the teahouse, geisha, and other guests. You will be asked to leave if an occurrence happens.■Preschoolers are not allowed to participate or enter the room.
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Enjoy Japanese Tea culture and Seasonal local food in Kanazawa
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FEEL AND EXPERIENCE THE JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY, CULTURE, STYLE, AND AESTHETIC SENSE."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, 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, the dishes that you can taste carefully made with seasonal ingredients, you will be led to a world that is comfortable both physically and mentally.Although it is the Omotesenke style, regardless of the style or experience of the participants, we will carefully explain and answer questions, so please feel free to join us.[Lunch plan 1]10: 30-11: 30 Tea ceremony experience11: 30-12: 30 Lunch[Lunch plan 2]12: 00-13: 00 Lunch13: 00-13: 30 Tea ceremony experience[Evening plan 1]17: 30-18: 30 Tea ceremony experience18: 30-19: 30 Dinner[Evening plan 2]19: 00-20: 00 Dinner20: 00-21: 00 Tea ceremony experience★ Request ★◎ Please bring white socks.  We would appreciate it if you could change your socks  before entering the tea room.◎ Please remove accessories such as watches and rings before you enter your seat.
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Incredibly fun art of “mizuhiki”!
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Discover the neat and incredibly fun art of “mizuhiki” in a specialized shop in the center of Kanazawa!You are welcome to attend the very popular “mizuhiki” workshop under the guidance of the very friendly and affable owner of the shop. After choosing the colors of the paper strings you will be using to create earrings or a key holder, you will be taught the nuts and bolts of knot-tying and especially the common patterns that are very specific to the approach of this art in the Kanazawa region. Don’t be intimidated by the incredible figures that are on display in the shop, this is much less tricky than it may look at first. Whether it’s too hot outside or raining and pouring, Hiraoka Yuinou-ho is a great place to stop by and attend a fun and relaxing hands-on, especially if you are traveling with children. So, enjoy the chat and take your time to finish a cute and colorful piece you will keep with you as a souvenir of Kanazawa.     
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【One day bus tour】Kanazawa Sta.~Gokayama / Shirakawago / Takayama
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Bus tour shirakawago-takayama of world heritages and history by JR bus.Here is the scenery you have never seen.✨Depart from and arrive at Kanazawa.Just be seated on the bus. No need to check routes and transportation.✨ Explore the World Heritage sites of Gokayama, Shirakawa-go and little Kyotoesque Hida Takayama in one day.✨Available automatic guide system in English.●Travel route      【One way course】・ Depart from Kanazawa Sta. [Kenrokuen gate (East Gate), Bus stop No.4] 9:10       ↓・ Gokayama [Murakami family KOKIRIKO enjoyment (about 20 minutes)] 10:20~11:00       ↓・Shirakawago Sightseeing 11:40-13:40       ↓・Takayama (In front of Hida Hotel Plaza) 14:50【Round-trip course】・Takayama (In front of Hida Hotel Plaza) 16:40      ↓・Around 18:40 Return to Kanazawa Sta. ●HighlightWorld Heritage Site – Gokayama (Enjoy "Kokiriko" dance performance.) Gokayama and Shirakawago have been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage list since December 1995. The architecture in these areas is called “Gassho Zukuri”, because their appearances are similar to the shape of hands being put together when praying (Gaasho). Gokayama has 23 Gassho-style houses and has paddy fields, stone fences, and avalanche protection groves in their original forms. At the Murakami House, where its history spans about 400 years, the owner will talk about the history of Murakami House and Gokayama while sitting around the Japanese fire pit, followed by the performance of “Kokiriko dance,” the oldest Japanese folk song.The world of fairy tale – Shirakawa-go (Lunch time) Mountains surround Shirakawa-go. And in the past, this area was called “an inaccessible corner” or “an unexplored region.”The scenery woven by patty fields and straw-thatched Gassho-style houses seen across the village is like an ideal world separated from a real world. Shirakawa-go has 114 Gassho-style houses. The scenery seen from the observatory is like a fairytale world. Shirakawa-go will show you beautiful Japanese sceneries from season to season where people live in harmony with nature.Japanese ancient town - Hida TakayamaThe scenery of the castle town and merchant town from the Edo era is still preserved even today, and the town is called “The Little Kyoto of Hida” for this scenery. The town is very popular among tourists as a nostalgic town. Sanmachi Street is registered in the list of Preservation Districts for Groups of Important Historic Buildings. Takayama Jin-ya was a government office in the Edo era and is the only place across Japan. When you see the traditional sake breweries and historic buildings in an old-fashioned townscape, you will feel as if you had been transported through time to the Edo period. You can enjoy a variety of delicious foods in the town: local specialties such as tasty Hida beef steak and a rice ball are recommended.Sarubobo of Hida, a Japanese amulet, is very popular as a good luck charm for pregnancy and a safe delivery. We recommend it for one of your souvenirs.
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1 Day trip from Kanazawa NOTO Peninsula - 能登(NOTO )路(journey) BUS Tour
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Bus tour NOTO Peninsula of beautiful scenery and history by JR bus.Enjoy the beautiful scenery that combines humanity and nature.✨Depart from and arrive at Kanazawa.Just be seated on the bus. No need to check routes and transportation.✨ Explore the SOJIJI SOIN AND EXPERIENCE THE SPIRIT OF ZEN comfortably, beautiful view of A strange-shaped rock and Japanese traditional salt field in one day.  〇Itinerary9:00  Depart from Kanazawa Sta. Kenrokuen gate (East Gate), Bus stop No.4       ↓The Chirihama Nagisa Driveway - sandy beach on the western edge of the Noto Peninsula.       ↓Ganmon - a sea cave on the Kongo coast of the Noto Peninsula.The cave was formed as water eroded a sizeable hole into a rock rising from the sea.       ↓Hatago Iwa (Married Rocks) - Hatago Iwa is a pair of beautiful, weathered rocks sticking out of the water just a few meters off the coast. A Shimenawa rope ties the two rocks together, and on the larger of the two rocks is a small shrine. The rocks are said to be a “married” couple, one male and one female.       ↓SOJIJI SOIN - EXPERIENCE THE SPIRIT OF ZEN.The head temple Sojiji was founded about seven hundred years ago in 1321 by Zen Master Keizan Jokin.       ↓Shiroyone Senmaida - Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)The scenery of 1,004 small rice paddies on steep slopes along the seaside is splendid and thus famous among the many other rice terraces in Japan.       ↓Okunoto Salt Farm Village - Centuries-old salt-farming techniques unique to the areaThe people of the Noto Peninsula have been harvesting salt from seawater using the same traditional methods for about 500 years.HighlightNatureThe area is home to beautiful coastal scenery.Sojiji SoinSojiji was founded in 1321 by Zen master Keizan (1268–1325), who is credited with spreading the Soto school of Zen Buddhism in Japan.Okunoto Salt Farm VillageCenturies-old salt-farming techniques unique to the areaThe people of the Noto Peninsula have been harvesting salt from seawater using the same traditional methods for about 500 years. The Okunoto Salt Farm Village offers an in-depth experience where visitors can learn about and observe salt harvesting.
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【One day bus tour】Kanazawa Sta.~Tojinbo/Eiheiji/Maruoka-Castle【Echizen Bus Tour】
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✨Trip to an Unexplored Region of Hokuriku✨―Bus tour around the Echizen area.Sightseeing bus tour covers the scenic spots of Fukui;“Tojinbo cliff”, “Maruoka Castle” and “Eiheiji Temple”✨Departing from and arriving at Kanazawa.Just be seated on the bus and—no need to check routes and transportation.✨It is a trip to enjoy the nature and the culture of Japan.✨Admission fees for both Eiheiji Temple and Maruoka Castle are included.✨Available automatic guide system in English.〇Itinerary9:20Depart from Kanazawa Sta. [Kenrokuen gate (East Gate), Bus stop No.4]       ↓10:20Depart from Kaga Onsen Station       ↓11:05Depart from Echizen Railway Awara Yunomachi Station       ↓11:30 - 12:50The legendary wonder of nature - Tojinbo Cliffs.       ↓13:30 - 14:30Japanese oldest castle tower - Maruoka Castle       ↓15:00 - 16:20Temple of Eternal Peace - Eiheiji       ↓Around 17:00Arrive at Awara Onsen Station       ↓Around 17:10Arrive at Echizen Railway Awara Yunomachi Station       ↓Around 18:35Arrive at Kanazawa Sta. [Kenrokuen gate (East Gate), Bus stop No.4]HighlightTemple of Eternal Peace- Eiheiji TempleEiheiji Temple is a historically famous old temple located in Fukui Prefecture surrounded by mountains on three sides. Dogen Zenji founded it in the year 1244. It is the first Zen practicing monastery of the “Japanese Soto Sect,” making it the head temple of the Soto sect. Eiheiji Temple is composed of about 70 magnificent halls and towers of the temple in its premises, and even to this day, there are nearly 200 trainees and trainee monks undergoing strict Zen training day after day. The treasure house of Eiheiji Temple called Rurishobokaku holds Dogen Zenji’s handwritten “Fukan-zazengi,” other writings, relics, ancient documents, paintings, and calligraphic works of the temple masters from each generation, which present 800 years history of Eiheiji Temple. Eiheiji Temple is one of the tourist spots recognized worldwide that was awarded two stars in 2015 by Michelin Green Guide Japan, the travel guide issued in France.The legendary wonder of nature- Tojinbo Cliffs.Tojinbo Cliffs are located in the northern part of Fukui Prefecture and are famous for their unique and scenic spot with a stretch of a spectacular precipitous cliff, which was created by the rough sea waves of the Japan Sea. It is a rare landscape in Japan and the world from a geological perspective. It is designated as a natural treasure of Japan. You will be able to discover and enjoy fresh seafood at restaurants, and souvenir stores lined up in the Tojinbo Cliffs shopping street located near Tojinbo Cliffs. Some restaurants serve grilled seafood such as squid, turban shell, and scallop, which can be eaten while walking around in the area.Japanese oldest castle tower- Maruoka CastleMaruoka Castle is located in Fukui Prefecture. It has the oldest existing donjon and is designated as one of the National Important Cultural Properties. Also, Maruoka Castle is recognized as one of "Japan's top 100 cherry blossom spots." As many as 400 Somei-Yoshino (Yoshino cherry trees) surround the castle, making it appear like a floating castle in the hazy curtain of flowers during spring's cherry blossom season. For that reason, it is also known as the "Kasumigajo Castle," which means "Hazy Castle."
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Mindfulness in Shukubo Shinsen (temple's accommodation)
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This is a workshop-type mindfulness program. We offer time to face the voice of your own mind in the extraordinary space of the temple. In addition to meditation sessions*, participants will experience an art workshop using calligraphy by Kitakata Shinsen, a calligrapher active in the Meiji era and the founder of Hokkuji Temple, where the workshop will be held.Program Flow・Workshop preparation session (10 minutes)In order to reexamine the self, write down a description of yourself in the designated format.・Buddhism session (5 minutes)Buddhist mini lecture, we provide letter about explanation of the meaning of "Namu Amidabutsu" in English, and you can learn how to hold prayer beads, and how to burn incense.・Buddhist service session (5 min.)Sutra reading at the main hall or at the Ceremony Hall Shinsen・Meditation Session* (20 minutes)Meditation in the Japanese-style, washitsu room (sit straight) or in the Ceremony Hall Sincerity Fountain (chair)(Restroom break: 10 minutes)・Shinsen Art Session (40 minutes)Selection of characters to be used for the calligraphy art workshop session in the Main Hall or Ceremony HallExperience mindfulness calligraphy (Shinse-Art) using calligraphy from the temple founder Shinsen KitakataReflection session and commemorative photo (10 minutes) *Matcha green tea and sweets are offered.*Meditation session is a uniquely developed program based on mindfulness without religious thought This workshop is recommended for those who are interested in meditation.People who want to clear their blurred feelingsPeople who are interested in mindfulness and retreatThose who want to make memories in KanazawaOther ProgramsShin-sen-art" and Buddhism experience 90 min. 3,300 yen (non-guests' price)Guests Plan of Shukubou (temple's accomodation)We also have "Shukubo Shinsen" with a kitchen-living room that can accommodate up to 14 people.Guests can use the workshop coupon for a discount price.For more information about the experience, please visit Ishikawa TV's official channel, Kanazawa's Great People... Around Kenrokuen Garden (Tabi-Shitaru) on Youtube (from 3:20).
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Kanazawa Light-up Bus
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Make your night in Kanazawa excellent with this bus tour of illuminated spots.On Saturday evenings, the loop bus runs every 15 minutes to fascinating light-up spots in Kanazawa.It takes about 45 minutes to go around the whole route and passengers can get-on, get-off freely at any of the 16 bus stops on the way.Completely different from the daytime, the quiet and fantastical streets will enhance your travel mood.Why don't you get off anywhere along the route and enjoy an evening walk in Kanazawa! Bus stops for Kanazawa Light up Bus0. Kanazawa Station East Gate Bus Terminal #61. Musashigatsuji / Omi-cho Market Bus Stop #4 (Kanazawa Omotesando-guchi)2. Owari-cho3. Hashiba-cho Bus Stop #1 (Kinjohro-mae)4. Kenrokuen Garden/ Kanazawa Castle Park Bus Stop #1 (Ishikawa-mon-mukai)5. Marunouchi (Kanazawajo Gyokusen’inmaru teien-soba)6. Hirosaka /21st Century Museum Bus Stop #1 (Shiinoki geihinkan-mae)7. Pref. Museum of Art / Seisonkaku8. Hirosaka /21st Century Museum Bus Stop #2 (Ishiura jinja-mae)9. Honda-machi10. Sakurabashi11. Hirokoji Bus Stop #4 (Ozakura-mae)12. Kata-machi (Katamachi-Kirara-mae)13. Korinbo Bus Stop #7 (Nichigin-mae)14. Minami-cho / Oyama Jinja Shrine15. Musashigatsuji / Omi-cho Market Bus Stop #5 (M’ZA KUROMON KOJI-mae)0. Kanazawa Station East GateSave your money with Unlimited Ride PassThe fare costs 300 yen per ride that you need to pay on the bus each time or, if you have bought a Unlimited Ride Pass in advance, just show your pass to the driver when you get off the bus. It's reasonable to buy Unlimited Ride Pass of 500 yen if you take the bus more than twice in a day.Unlimited Ride Passes are available at the following locations.・Hokutetsu Ekimae Ticket Office (near the Kanazawa Sta. East Gate Bus Terminal #1, open until 20:00)・Hokutetsu Group Information Desk (near the Kanazawa Sta. East Gate Bus Terminal #7, open until 20:00)・Hokutetsu Bus Kata-machi Center (open until 19:00)・Some hotels in Kanazawa (Refer to the map on the reverse side)Don't forget to purchase Unlimited Ride Pass in advance because it's not sold on the bus.For inquiriesHokuriku Tetsudo Telephone Service Center076-237-5115 (8:00 to 19:00)
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Gold leaf pasting experience
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The content of the experience is that there are many scenes where the customer actually touches the gold leaf.Experience putting gold leaf on dishes, lunch boxes, and straps.Choose from 60 kinds of pattern masking sticker types such as rabbits and dolphins and freely combine them to paste gold leaf, so you can make only one piece in the world.Spring, summer, autumn and winter, in addition to seasonal patterns, Christmas, Halloween, cats, goldfish, and other designs, such as dinosaurs and beetles that are very popular with children, are now possible. Reservation required.
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