Geigis have been active in the three teahouse districts of Kanazawa, Higashi, Nishi and Kazue-machi, since the Edo period (from the 17th to 19th centuries), and currently, about 50 Geigis have inherited the traditional performing arts.
Even if you want to meet a Geigi, there is a custom called “Ichigen san Okotowari” where first time visitors are unable to enter the teahouse. However, in this event, first time visitors are also able to enter the teahouse and watch the Geigis dance.
Kanazawa Geigi’s Traditional Performing Arts and Experience Hospitality in a Teahouse 2018
Watch a Geigi dance and taiko drum performance at an existing teahouse, and also experience playing party games. (*incleded traditional confectionary and tea)
In Kanazawa, the place with the most precipitation days per year in Japan, umbrella is a necessary thing. It’s being said “you can forget a lunch box, but never forget an umbrella”! Summer is sunny and hot days are continuing.
How about walking around the city during cool time period of a hot day in the morning or at night?
Jogging course around the spot recommended by the hotel staff.
Kanazawa has connections to tourist destinations of which Japan is proud. They are the World Heritage historic thatched roof villages Gokayama and Shirakawa-go, the old streets of Takayama, the Matsumoto castle which has been recorded as a national treasure and others.
This area where you can feel the unique history, culture and landscape of Japan is introduced as “The road of 3 stars: Hokuriku, Hida and Shinshu regions”.
Mitsubishi concierge is convenient for planning trips as your route is automatically displayed when you choose the place you want to visit.
The Hyakumangoku festival including various planned events during it, will be opened soon.
Its highlight of is ‘Hyakumangoku Parade’, which takes place on Saturday afternoon, June 2 when participants in historical costumes, such as Toshiie Maeda, the founder of the Kaga domain will march through the main streets to the castle.
Special tours will be available on that date.
This tour includes taking a walk on the Naga-machi Buke Yashiki District and Kenrokuen Garden together with English interpreter and observing the parade from VIP seats in the Kanazawa Castle Park.
Kanazawa Hyakumangoku Festival, the greatest festival of Kanazawa, commemorates the entry of Toshiie Maeda, the founder of the Kaga domain, into Kanazawa Castle in 1583. Kanazawa will soon celebrate the 67th anniversary of the festival.
The festival this year is held for three days from Friday, June 1 to Sunday, June 3. Its highlight of is ‘Hyakumangoku Parade’, which takes place on Saturday afternoon, June 2 when participants in historical costumes will march through the main streets to the castle.
There are various other interesting events as follow.
Kaga Yuzen Toro-Nagashi (Friday, 1st June)
Venue: Near the Asano-gawa ohashi bridge
To express our sincere gratitude to Asanogawa-river which we used for Kaga Yuzen manufacturing process and wishes for further prosperity of Kaga Yuzen, we will flow 1200 garden lanterns down to Asanogawa-river.
Hyakumangoku Parade (Saturday, 2nd June)
Venue: Kanazawa Station, Tuzumi-mon Gate
We will celebrate the Opening Ceremony by dances and musical performance of drums and Kaga Tobi firefighters.
Time and date: 14:20 – 17:30
Venue: Kanazawa Station East gate square, Omicho martet, Kohrinbo, Kanazawa Castle Park
The parade divided by samurais will proceed to Kanazawa Castle together with brass band performing music and traditional dancing group performing Shishi-mai lion dance.
Venue: Kanazawa Castle Park, San-no-maru Hiroba area
We will celebrate finale by performing courageous dance by Kaga Tobi firefighters and then actor dressed as Maeda Toshiie will enter Kanazawa Castle.
Hyakumangoku Odori-nagashi (Saturday, 2nd June)
Venue: Between Minamicho and Katamachi, between Korinbo and Shinoki cultural complex (Hirosaka street)
Around 12,500 people dance on the downtown streets. Anyone can participate in this dance.
Hyakumangoku Takigi-noh (Saturday, 2nd June)
Venue: Kanazawa Castle Park
Traditional noh plays will be put on outdoors with light supplied by bonfires.
Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castel park are scheduled to give free admission and to provide illumination after cherry blossoms bloomed.
Visitors can watch a very big cherry tree, which was designated as a Japanese natural treasure, at the Shogetuji-temple in Teramachi temple area. It is said that the tree is 400 years old.
There are another view places of cherry trees in Kanazawa city, such as Sai-gawa river, Asano-gawa river and Kazue-machi chayagai district. Why don’t you check and experience these places by “360°Panoramic View” ?
Kanazawa JOG NAVI, a website for mobile use, is now released for you to enjoy sightseeing while doing your jogging and walking exercises. The site is with 8 recommended routes from hotel concierge and spot-searching functions. Let’s get up a bit earlier and move your bodies in the gorgeous city and the nature of Kanazawa!
Approximately 30 minutes by car from the city center of Kanazawa there is an area called “Kanazawa no Oku-zashiki” (the meaning of which is a place where one can spend quiet time away from the noise of Kanazawa) which is home to the Yuwaku Onsen Hot Spring.
Recently, it has become the stage for the anime “Hanasaku-Iroha“, and the “Yuwaku Bonbori Matsuri” festival held in October every year is crowded with many anime fans. In 2018 the Yuwaku Onsen Hot Spring will celebrate its 1300th anniversary since its opening and various events are planned to be held. Be sure to come and spend a relaxing time in this calm atmosphere!
There are many temples scattered around Kanazawa. Among them, there are three interesting temple areas called Ishibiki-no-michi (Kodatsuno temple area), Shizune-no-komichi (Teramachi temple area), Spiritual Path (Utatsuyama temple area).
Please be sure to experience a stroll through the streets lined with beautiful temples, which are filled with ancient history and atmosphere.