The historical Higashi Chaya District of Kanazawa may have been formerly known for being a district lined with geisha houses used to entertain members of samurai families and wealthy merchants. Today, some of these geisha teahouses still exist; in fact, in this area alone there are more than a dozen active geisha performing traditional arts. In addition, many of these elegant buildings have been repurposed as restaurants, cafes, and shops. With their trademark latticework obscuring what lies within, exploring Higashi Chaya can be a treasure hunt of sorts as you discover unique shops selling goods using the techniques of the many Kanazawa traditional crafts. With an eclectic mix of new and old, you're sure to find something you love as you discover the secrets of Higashi Chaya.