Geisha Evenings in Kanazawa
Lady Baba and two geisha with guests
Credit: Noriko Koizumi
A traditional geisha performance
An unforgettable evening
Guided by Lady Baba, the landlady of the premises, discover the world of the geisha by attending a show full of humor and tradition. A performance entirely in English allows guests a deeper understanding of this secret world. Book your tickets now!
A unique journey
If you go to Kanazawa, don't miss an exceptional show performed by real geisha and hosted by the owner of the largest ochaya (meaning "tea room", to which is added the honorary prefix "o-") in the city. These ochaya, far from being regular tea rooms, are establishments located in geisha districts, to which customers come to be entertained. Access is usually reserved for regulars and well-off customers. It's only in recent years, and mainly in Kyoto, that tourists have been able to discover the secret world associated with geisha.
To read: Kanazawa Travel Guide
A district steeped in history
Called KAIKARO (懐華樓), this magical establishment in Kanazawa will transport you to the heart of the mysterious universe of traditional Japanese entertainment. You'll find it in the Higashi-chaya district, where samurai and other male members of high society have been entertained for several centuries. Obviously built following the model of traditional Japanese houses, called machiya, the ochaya often have a discreet exterior facade, and an interior made up of rooms with tatami mats.
An unforgettable evening, accessible to all
Dances, taiko (Japanese drum), and history lessons await you. At the end of the show, ten of the guests are invited to participate in games with the geisha, for an even more personal experience. 90 minutes of finesse and elegance, it's an opportunity that only occurs once in a lifetime. Don't hesitate to bring your camera to take photos of the performances, so that you'll remember the experience forever!
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It's not necessary to master Japanese to make the most of the explanations and humor, since the whole evening is in English! The Japanese owner of Kaikaro, Lady Baba, traveled to England to learn the language so that she could communicate with the curious guests who visit her establishment, and she will be your guide for the evening.
Learn more: What is a geisha?