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ROUTE 02Higashi & Kazue-machi Chaya District Route

5km

Start: Kanazawa Sta.
Finish: Kanazawa Sta.

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Overview

Two of Kanazawa's three Chaya districts are along this route; a great way to enjoy their old-fashioned townscapes.

DISTANCE Approx. 5km
WALK Approx. 1h
JOG Approx. 35min

Higashi & Kazue-machi Chaya District Route

ROUTE HIGHLIGHTS

1

Kanazawa Station (Tsuzumi-mon Gate & Motenashi (Welcome) Dome)

Kanazawa Station
(Tsuzumi-mon Gate & Motenashi (Welcome) Dome)

Selected as one of the world's 14 most beautiful train stations. The Motenashi (Welcome) Dome was designed to represent an umbrella being held out to greet visitors, while Tsuzumi-mon Gate is meant to evoke the type of drum used in traditional performing arts. A great place for photos!

2

Akari-zaka Alley

Akari-zaka Alley

A narrow alley with stairs, connecting Owari-cho and Kazue-machi. The alley was named by the writer Itsuki Hiroyuki, evoking beauty that was like lamps (“akari”) in the darkness of night, as well as the Japanese phrase meaning “a slope going up” (“agari-zaka”).

3

Kazue-machi Chaya Dist.

Kazue-machi Chaya District

Long a center of high-end restaurants and chaya (literally “tea shops,” but actually venues for geisha entertainment), and a popular spring destination to see the cherry blossoms in bloom along the river.

4

Higashi Chaya Dist.

Higashi Chaya District

A Kanazawa highlight, known for old-fashioned atmosphere and beautiful latticework in a style known as kimusuko. Relatively empty in the mornings — great for joggers!

5

Asanogawa Riv.(Ume-no Hashi Brg.)

Asanogawa River
(Ume-no Hashi Bridge)

The Ume-no Hashi Bridge (“Plum Blossom Bridge”) is said to be named to complement the Sakurabashi Bridge (“Cherry Blossom Bridge”) along the Saigawa River. This is also the area where Izumi Kyoka's story “Giketsu Kyoketsu” takes place. The view from the Ume-no Hashi Bridge is great for photos.

6

Omi-cho Market

Omi-cho Market

Established in 1721, the so-called “kitchen of Kanazawa” has been a beloved part of the city's food culture ever since. Some shops open quite early in the morning, making it a fun place to drop by.

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