In the district of Higashiyama there are a few tea houses (ocha-ya) that we can visit. Although the decor is not what it was historically, you can still get an idea of the structure. Inside, you can see different types of kimonos and footwear worn by geishas. Admission is about 500 yen, and you can take as long as you like to look around.
It wasn't the best day for a visit (lots of rain), but we couldn't miss it, attracted by that most evocative word, "samurai". In Kanazawa, in the district of Nagamachi, you can find well-preserved houses once occupied by samurai. It's an area of winding streets bordered by two canals. The houses have mud walls topped with tiles, and taking a walk around here is a truly fascinating experience!