Nestled between the Sea of Japan and the edge of the Japan Alps, Kanazawa has no shortage of natural beauty—or charming, historic neighborhoods to explore throughout the city. Nearing the top of the list of Kanazawa's attractive areas rich in cultural, historical, and architectural tradition are its three famous chaya districts—or "tea house streets"—found near the downtown area and along the Asano river. These chaya districts are divided into three areas: the largest and most popular, Higashi Chaya-gai
, meaning "Eastern Tea House Street", Nishi Chaya-gai
, or the "Western Tea House Street", and Kazue-machi Chaya, named after a Kaga region samurai clan. Just across the river from the larger Higashi Chaya district, Kazue-machi Chaya, in particular, is an equally charming, yet quieter geisha district built along the Asano River between Asanogawa Ohashi Bridge and Naka-no Hashi Bridge.