by Kanazawa geisha
Special Program to
In the traditional Nishi Chaya District of Kanazawa, the Western-style Nishi-Kenban Office serves as a distinctive symbol. Established in 1922 as a practice and management office for geisha, it’s typically private and registered as a tangible cultural property. Visitors can appreciate Kanazawa Suzubayashi, a traditional orchestra of Kaga Hyakuman-goku, and experience ‘ozashiki drumming’, a quintessential teahouse game. The Suzubayashi’s elegant, beautiful performances, with musicians and singers in the front and back rows, stand nationally at a top level, demonstrating strong regional characteristics.
In Kanazawa, geisha have honed their skills over history, mastering various performances and embodying hospitality. Known for rigorous practice outside of ‘ozashiki’, they refine every detail in teahouses, from dressing in beautiful kimonos to serving sake, symbolizing refined ‘omotenashi’.
Kanazawa Suzubayashi is one of the traditional performing arts of Kaga Hyakuman-goku. The performance consists of musicians with taiko drums, o-daiko, small drums, and flutes in the front row, and singers and shamisen in the back. Known for its elegance, beauty, and high technical skills, it stands at the top level nationally, with a distinct regional character.
An invaluable experience of
tasting the hospitality of
The usually off-limits Nishi-Kenban training center is the stage.
The Nishi-Kenban Office serves as a training center and management office for the geisha of the Nishi Chaya District, built in 1922. Its Western-style design is distinctive and stands as a symbol amidst the traditional teahouse architecture. The exterior has been light blue since its construction, with the design of the porch arch and bargeboard being highlights. Typically not open to the public, it is a registered national tangible cultural property.
Enjoy the elegant and splendid performance of Kanazawa Suzubayashi up close.
Composed of vocals, shamisen, taiko drums, o-daiko, small drums, and flutes, a Suzubayashi performance that doesn’t incorporate dance and is only conducted by musicians and singers is referred to as ‘Suzubayashi’. Sometimes called a ‘Japanese orchestra’, it is truly powerful when performed in harmony by a large group of geisha.
Indulge in a luxurious moment with the skillful 'Ozashiki Taiko' performance by Kanazawa geisha
he 'Ozashiki' of the teahouse is a place where you can interact with the arts of the geisha, enjoy delicious food and drinks, and forget about time. A staple among the many 'Ozashiki games' is the 'Ozashiki Taiko', where you freely drum to the melody of the shamisen. The charm of this experience is expressed through the performance of the 'Ozashiki Taiko' by Kanazawa geishas. Please enjoy this elegant and luxurious time to your heart's content.
- September 2023 to January 2024 (Conducted 20 times in total)
- 1.Introduction and performance of Soubayashi
- 2.Introduction of dance, dance performance by Geisha
- 3.Introduction of Ozashiki Taiko, performance and experience(※1)
※1 The experience will be determined by lottery.
Seat A1 (floor cushion) 17,000yen
Seat A2 (chairs) 18,500yen Limited to 10 seats
※These seats are located behind A1 seats.
Seat B (floor cushion) 15,500yen Limited to 10 seats
※Part of the stage is difficult to see due to pillars at the left and right end of the stage.
- Nishi Kennban Office, 2-25-17 Nomachi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture
- Start time
- 16:00-17:30 (about 90 minutes)
About age restrictions
Even if accompanied by a guardian, people under the age of 12 are not allowed to enter.
- Please arrive at the venue 10 minutes before the start. There are toilets in the hall, but they are few, so please use them in advance.
- Shoes are not allowed in the hall. Take off your shoes at the entrance and enter, but there are no indoor shoes. In addition, barefoot entry is not allowed, so please prepare socks, etc.
- The West Geisha Call Office, the venue for the event, is a National Tangible Cultural Property. Please refrain from bringing large baggage, as it may damage the facility.
- The building is very old. The passage is narrow and the stairs are very steep. Please use the handrail when going up and down.
- Smoking is prohibited in the hall and in the yard.
- The venue is Japanese style, and cushions are placed on the tatami mats where you can sit.
- All seats are designated. We will assign seats in the order of application. Please understand that we cannot accept requests for seat positions.
- Photography is permitted during the performance, but please be careful not to disturb those around you. Also, please be considerate and ensure that faces of anyone other than the performers are not captured. Furthermore, video recording and audio recording are strictly prohibited.
- Please do not use your mobile phone in the venue. Also, please set your mobile phone to silent during the performance.
During the performance, the interpretation will be provided in the language indicated in the "Live Tour Guide" section, respectively.
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Are all seats reserved?
Ys, all seats are assigned, and we assign seats in the order of application. Please understand that we cannot accept requests for specific seat positions.
Can people under the age of 12 enter if accompanied by a guardian?
Even if accompanied by a guardian, we regret that people under the age of 12 are not allowed to enter.
Is there a parking lot available?
A We're sorry, but we do not have a parking lot. Please use the "Nishi Chaya Sightseeing Parking Lot" (chargeable) or public transportation.
Is photography and video recording allowed during the performance?
Photography is permitted during the performance, but please be careful not to disturb those around you. Also, please be considerate and ensure that faces of anyone other than the performers are not captured. Furthermore, video recording and audio recording are strictly prohibited.