chayagai, or tea houses in Kanazawa.

After the sunset, I took a short walk from Bukeyashiki-ato, or soldier's houses to chayagai, or tea houses. It took around 20 minutes by walk. To tell the truth, I have been here last year, but that was during the daylight. Someone told me it's better to come in the night because of lots of illuminations, so I came back this time.

Most of the houses are place to eat, drink, or shopping.

But they use old houses for that. How attractive! ;)

Although I really should go inside one of the houses, I wasn't hungry, so I didn't (maybe next time?).

Many of Japanese traditional houses have doma, or dirt floor like above picture (this doma also seems to be used as the garden). This is for taking shoes off, or some of them even have kitchen in it. Recently we don't have any doma, but you can find it in the houses that were built few decades ago.

This is the restaurant. Seems they serve the traditional Japanese food. Ah, I don't afford to eat it! :(

After taking pictures, I was sufficient and came back to Kanazawa station:)
It's really difficult to find such old buildings in Tokyo. Most of traditional ones were burned during the Second World War, or because of earthquake. Tokyo is convenient place to live. Yet Kanazawa is much attractive for me :)


  1. Woaaaa, amazing!! O_O
    I plan to visit & stay a night or two in Kanazawa next April (not the next december trip though, it's totally different itinerary, lol)

    This is a very nice articles & very helpful.
    Thank you for sharing!

    Does traditional japanese food you mentioned above is Kaiseki?
    I heard it is pretty expensive, but it's a very fine meals.
    We have pretty tight travel budget, but somehow it'd be a pity if we didn't try Japanese Kaiseki while we are visiting Japan.

    1. You plan to stay in Kanazawa! It's very nice! Sure it's beautiful in the daytime, I prefer to visit there in the evening :) Sorry it's not so much information in my articles. I always try to put as many information as on it, but since this blog is not only place to introduce my country, I refrain from it.

      Kaiseki is a traditional food as you know, but I have hardly eaten it. It sometimes costs over $250 or more.... But looks beautiful like art, worth eating at least once in our lifetime ;)

      There are other traditional foods in my country like Sushi, and Kanazawa is famous for fresh fish. There is a big market near Kanazawa station where you can eat Sushi at low cost but taste good :)

    2. We definitely will go to Kanazawa then!
      Sounds like a very suitable place for us to experience Japan's atmosphere.
      We plan to try Kaiseki-ryori, but still haven't any idea where to try it.
      So far, we plan to try it in Kyoto, Kanazawa or Hakone.
      Do you have any recomendation for us, perhaps? :)

    3. Hmm....
      Since I've hardly ever eaten Kaiseki-ryori, I have no idea where to eat. Sorry...
      But you can choose many Kaiseki-ryori restaurants in Kyoto.
      There are many restaurant which serve it ;)
      Kanazawa is traditional place, but Kyoto has more traditional restaurants I think.
      Hakone is a place where people in Tokyo spend their short holiday. Near from Tokyo, I have never been there though :)