Top 10 Tea Houses in Kanazawa's Tea House District to Wind Down In
Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture has long been known as Kanazawa Sanchayagai and Kanazawa Chayagai ("chayagai" meaning tea district). This area is home to many traditional teahouses, and around two thirds of the 140 or so buildings still retain their traditional architecture. Here is an introduction to some of the best teahouses among the bountiful charms of this district. You may even get to see women enjoying some tea in their kimono during your visit!
Sep 18 2019 (Jun 02 2021)
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1. Fumuro Chaya
Fumuro Chaya offers fu and other Japanese cuisine for you to enjoy with your tea. The 'Kanazawa Tori-fu' uses small pieces of fu in the shape of flowers. Just adding this little flourish to an everyday dish can make it feel a little more special. Why not make a trip Fumuro Chaya and experience it for yourself?
2. Hakuichi - Higashiyama Branch
This store, in fact, used to be a beloved bathhouse. While the bathhouse is no longer here, it is now renowned for its rich and decadent ice cream, which is topped with a whole sheet of gold leaf. You can also take the opportunity to purchase some of the gorgeous cosmetics at the teahouse.
3. Kanazawa Higashiyama Shitsurae
At the Japanese cafe on the second floor known as Café Yanagi-An, you can enjoy some light meals and snacks. The cafe also has a view of the central courtyard, so you can relax and unwind while enjoying the culinary delights of Japan's four seasons. It is highly recommended to visit Shitsurae at least once during your visit!
5. KAGA Rakugan Sabon
6. Kanazawa Bikazari Asano
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Once you have experienced the building, you can have some green tea with seasonal Japanese sweets. The sweets are lauded for their flavor and many people come from outside of the prefecture in order to taste the confectionary here. This is a great place to experience its unique Edo atmosphere with some Japanese sweets.
2. Hana no Yado
3. Amanatto Kawamura
The shaved ice sold here in the summer comes highly recommended. If you are visiting in another season, the matcha parfait with elegantly garnished with rice flour dumplings, matcha cake and ice cream, is also a mouthwatering dessert. Avid matcha lovers in fact order multiple items for themselves. Visit her to get your fill of the finest Kanazawa matcha flavors.
Experience History at the Kanazawa Teahouse District
No matter which teahouse you visit, you will be able to get a taste of traditional architecture. In this particular district of Kanazawa, the historical richness of the historical buildings provides an opportunity for visitors to experience history just by looking at them. If you venture inside, you can enjoy their interiors and many teahouses still allow visitors to have a spot of tea with some Japanese sweets inside. In some teahouses, geisha perform songs and dances for customers. After a tiring day of sightseeing, why not take a leisurely stroll in the teahouse district and experience its history as you refresh and relax with some tea and sweets?
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