Less about tea and more about geisha, the chaya (teahouses) of the Edo era were a place for late nights, entertainment and fun. Kanazawa has three of these intriguing districts carefully preserved, with paved streets, wooden fronts and the delicate sound of shamisen practice drifting from open windows (that genuinely does happen, especially in Nishi Chaya).
Often compared to Kyoto, Kanazawa has the old-school charm of the ancient capital with fewer crowds and more tea. If you’re planning on exploring this alternative city, one of the best places to start is with its tea districts. While the largest is Higashi Chayagai, the neighboring Kazuemachi and not-so-neighboring Nishi Chayagai have their own quieter charms. Keep an eye
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