- Historical Rows of Houses Designated as Japan's Cultural Assets
Kazue-machi is an old geisha district located along
the river between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge.
Gaisha are traditional, female Japanese entertainers, whose skills
include performing various Japanese arts, such as classical music
and dance. It is one of the three geisha districts of Kanazawa.
Chaya is a traditional place of feasts and entertainments, where
geisha perform dances and play Japanese traditional musical instruments,
such as the shamisen (a three-stringed musical instrument), bamboo
flute, and drum. Still now, many chaya houses and restaurants are
located in this neighborhood, and people may hear the sound of the
shamisen from the twilight time.
When you stroll around this area, you can see very Kanazawa-like
and Japanese-like scenes and atmospheres, such as the view of the
area from Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge, the rows of chaya houses in Kazue-machi,
the appearance of Naka-no Hashi Bridge, and Kuragarizaka (a dark slope), which
connects to the Owari-cho hill area.
The historical rows of this teahouse town have been designated as Japan's cultural assets since 2008.