Kanazawa Gold Leaf Tour: Higashi Chaya, Crafts & Food
Organized by Mike and his team
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Number of Guests
1 - 6 guests
Stroller Accessible, Family-friendly, Pet-friendly
Uncover Kanazawa’s gold leaf industry with a guided culture experience. Visit a gold leaf factory, tour the Higashi Chaya Geisha district, make a set of gold chopsticks, & try gold leaf foods.
Gold Leaf Production: Witness the intricate process of Kanazawa gold leaf production. Learn about the artistry and craftsmanship involved in creating these delicate sheets of gold.
Culinary Delights: Reward your taste buds with gold leaf ice cream and takoyaki.
Memorable Souvenirs: Take home your handcrafted gold chopsticks as a unique and lasting memento of your visit to Kanazawa.
Higashi Chaya Exploration: Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of the Higashi Chaya district, a geisha district known for its preserved historic charm.
Expert Guided Tour: You'll be accompanied by a private guide who will provide historical and cultural context, ensuring a deeper understanding of Kanazawa's gold leaf heritage.
Join a golden tour of Kanazawa, a region famed for its gold leaf production. Visit a gold leaf factory to witness the production process, explore the Higashi Chaya Geisha district, create your own set of gold leaf chopsticks alongside an artisan, and conclude with Kanazawa gold leaf takoyaki and ice cream. You’ll be guided by one of Mike's domestically trained guides, who share a passion for sharing Kanazawa-based experiences with visitors and tourists. Each member of this well-informed team uses storytelling and exceptional customer service to provide unique cultural experiences championing the local community. Itinerary: Hotel pickup and travel to Higashi Chaya Geisha district Gold leaf factory tour Guided tour of the Higashi Chaya district Create your own gold chopsticks with an artisan Enjoy Kanazawa gold leaf takoyaki and ice cream Tour conclusion and transfer back to the requested location Kanazawa boasts a centuries-old tradition of meticulously crafting gold leaf, using a painstaking process that involves hammering gold bars into incredibly thin sheets. This meticulous art form has solidified the city's status as a hub of the gold leaf industry, producing over 99% of Japan's gold leaf, which is used to adorn traditional crafts, temples, and even gourmet cuisine. Your golden journey begins at Kinpakuya gold leaf factory, where you’ll witness the production process, learn about the tools, and tour the factory. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with a gold leaf artisan, who welcomes any questions you may have. From here, continue on to the Higashi Chaya district, renowned for its geisha culture and traditional wooden buildings, many of which date back to the Edo Period. After exploring the area with your guide, it’s time to roll your sleeves up for a hands-on activity: making your own set of gold chopsticks! Round off the day by enjoying some Kanazawa gold leaf treats (takoyaki and ice cream).
4-hour private guided tour of Kanazawa
Food: Gold leaf takoyaki & gold leaf ice cream
Activity: Make gold chopsticks with an artisan
Transport: Pickup and drop off (hotel or other requested location)
Additional purchases made outside of those included in the experience
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Please provide the name of your hotel and address for collection. Alternatively we can meet at the start of Higashi-chaha. Address:1 Chome-1 Higashiyama, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0831 (Next to Police station) Google map: https://goo.gl/maps/98r3EhPpB2smqX6p8 Please let us know in advance.
Please inform your guide of any dietary restrictions at the start of the tour
Stretching alongside the Sea of Japan, the coastal prefecture of Ishikawa boasts some dramatically diverse scenery ranging from rugged coastlines to untouched mountain backdrops, offering the freshest seafood and colorful locally-grown produce, harvested from rural areas.
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(1 - 120)
Earliest available date: December 3, 2023
Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.