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Souvenirs Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • Nousaku
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hirosaka 1-1-60
    A long-standing lacquerware shop in Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa which has operated continuously for eight generations since 1780. The shop carries an abundant variety of items, including traditional Kaga makie gold and silver lacquerware and Kanazawa Shikki lacquerware as well as Yamanaka-nuri and Wajima-nuri lacquerware, Ishikawa Prefecture specialty products. Floors one through three are stocked with items which can be used every day like chopsticks, bowls, and cups, as well as tea ceremony goods and flower vases. A café and sweet shop is situated on the fourth floor, and here you can enjoy a cup of coffee, matcha green tea with a tea cake, or sweet matcha cream zenzai red adzuki bean soup.

    Lacquerware has been a tradition in Kanazawa for centuries and the Nosaku shop has been keeping watch right along with it. As a momento of my trip to Japan I had to have a legacy lacquer box of my...

  • Hakuza Hikarikura
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-13-18
    A shop located in the “Higashi Chaya District” in Kanazawa, Ishikawa which conveys the charms pure gold, platinum, and other metal leaf objects. The tea house-style shop is filled with metal leaf bowls, accessories, bags, and other modern items for use in everyday life. The shop also sells a variety of original gold leaf good luck charms and other items, making it a popular destination for those seeking a present that is above the ordinary. The “Ogon no Kura,” a kura-style warehouse building in the back of the shop covered in gold-platinum leaf, is a must-see.

    Kanazawa produces 99% of Japan’s gold leaf. Hakuza produces gold leaf used for the restoration of fine arts and national treasures of Japan. The shop provides all kinds of gold-leaf souvenirs, but...

  • Nakashima Menya Main Store
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Owarichou 2-3-12
    This traditional toy store is located in Owari-cho, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. This a long-established store was founded in 1862, originally selling theater props and masks. It began selling Kaga dolls and traditional toys later. The store prides itself on its lovingly-made handmade toys, and with the “Kaga-hachiman okiagari” motif based on Kaga-hachiman tradition, their toys are considered auspicious in the way that they rise up again, no matter how many times they fall. Inside the store is a corner where customers can experience painting Kaga-hachiman okiagari toys themselves. (Charges apply.)

    中島めんやは、近江町市場近くにあ利増す。たまたま歩いていて見つけたみせです。店内には金沢の玩具があって楽しいです。店内では絵付けもできるようです。お勧めされましたが、ちょっと時間がなかったのが残念です。次回時間があるときに挑戦したいです。

  • Craft & Gallery OKURA
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kourimbou 2-10-6
    A select ceramics shop located in Korinbo, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Situated inside an elegant remodeled earthen warehouse, the shop’s shelves are lined with pieces by some 20 artisans residing in Ishikawa Prefecture. Displaying and selling primarily ceramics easily incorporated into everyday life, here you’ll find porcelain, glass, and lacquerware goods. Offering pieces by veterans as well as up-and-coming artists, the wide selection of items on offer reflect the sensibilities of the owner.
  • Kanazawa Hyakubangai Anto
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kinoshimbomachi 1-1
    One of the buildings making up the Kanazawa Hyakubangai shopping mall, which is connected directly to JR Kanazawa Station, Anto hosts a variety of establishments selling Kanazawa foods, specialty products, and traditional crafts. There renowned shops offering Kutani ware brands, Kaga yuzen dyed products, lacquerware, and gold and silver leafed items; shops selling famous Kanazawa sweets and marine products; and delicatessens. Anto buzzes with both tourists and locals. Sushi, oden, popular local ramen, and a variety of other restaurants and cafes stand.
  • Kurumiya
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-16-5
    This select shop is located in the Higashi Chaya District, in Higashiyama, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. It has more than 1,000 kinds of towels gathered from all over the country, ranging from women’s cute patterns to classic Japanese patterns and traditional patterns associated with old Kanazawa. It sells miscellaneous original Japanese products, such as colorful chopstick rests made from Mizuhiki cord, accessories and pouches. Also available are select retro paper accessories, which are popular souvenirs for tourists.
  • Chitose Mizuhiki
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Owarichou 1-9-26
    Mizuhiki (decorative cord made from twisted paper) is essential for the envelopes used to gift money in ceremonies and celebrations. It is also used to create handmade Japanese paper, miscellaneous goods and objects. This workshop makes and sells such Mizuhiki craft items. The workshop is located in Owari Town, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The workshop is filled with cute envelopes, seasonal objects, fragrance bags, name card holders and other original items created by inventing new methods based on traditional knots and designs. Visitors to the workshop can observe the work of the artisans who craft these items.
  • Meboso Hachirobe Shoten Shop
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Yasuechou 11-35
    This is a long-established store founded in 1575 selling traditional handicraft “Kaga Fishing Flies” and sewing needles. Lord Kaga named the sharp and easy-to-use needles “Meboso,” and they have been highly regarded from that time. Since the Meiji Era the shop started making fishing flies to catch ayu sweetfish and was awarded a certificate of merit at the “National Industrial Exposition” in 1890. Currently, apart from the traditional Kaga flies and sewing needles, marking pins with cute decorative heads and feather accessories are also popular. If you make a reservation you can experience making feather accessories. The nearest station is Kanazawa Station.

    前の日に行ってきた寿司屋さんに教えてもらっていきました。疑似餌なので無知な私たちはルアーのようなものを想像してしまいましたが、鮎釣りに使うものなので非常に繊細なものということを知りました。アクセサリーなども売られていますが、せっかくなので本当の毛針を購入。釣りはしませんが記念品としてもよさそうに思いました。

  • Asanogawa Yoshihisa
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 3-1-30
    This is a select shop of traditional crafts in Higashiyama, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, open in a tastefully restored building built in the Meiji era. The store stocks a variety of items such as Kutaniyaki ware, incense, Japanese candles, glass crafts, Japanese decorative cord and Wajima lacquerware. Accessories made from decorative cord designed in a modern style are popular. The shop also sells earrings, as well as Japanese and western hair accessories. There is also a gallery in the store.
  • Suzu-yaki Kan
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    Ishikawa Pref. Suzushi Takojimamachi 1-2-480
    This is a Suzu-yaki exhibition and store located in Takojima Town, Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture. There are a large number of modern potteries’ works displayed in the facility. The simple but powerful and unique Suzu-yaki represents the style of pottery of the late Heian period when medieval Sea of Japan culture flourished. Although this style of pottery disappeared soon after this period, it was revived in 1976. They are popular as “Noto” souvenirs because the more they are used the more they develop a tasteful, worn look. A range of everyday useful pottery is available in the store such as beer cups, teacups and vases.

    ツアーに組み込まれていたので、行きましたが元から興味がない人にはちょっと辛いかも。さほど広くないので、すぐ観て回れます。

  • Takazawa Candle Store
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Ipponsugimachi 11 Ichusugi Shopping District
    This is a long-established and rare traditional handicraft “Nanao Wa Rousoku” candle store founded in 1892 located in Ishikawa Prefecture. These handmade candles with wicks that are made from Japanese paper and made with natural and plant based material, have the characteristic of producing little smoke and a flame that doesn’t go out easily. The flickering and swaying of the big flames look and feel warm and creates a relaxing atmosphere. The store has various types of candles from colored to uniquely shaped ones. The store also offers incense, (Buddhist) rosaries and Buddhist alter goods. The nearest station is Nanao Station.

    《一本杉通り》を散策していると こちらは明治43年(1910)頃築の建物で 国指定登録有形文化財でもあり [和蝋燭]と書かれた暖簾が目に入りますので 簡単に店舗を見つけることが出来ます(添付 写真参照)。 和ローソクと言えば[白色]か[赤色]で 材料も[櫨の実]と勝手に思い込んでいたせいか こちらを訪れて 黄色い和ローソク《菜の花ろうそく》の存在を初めて知り、迷わず購入しました(添付 写真参照...

  • Warajiya (Nagamachi Bukeyashiki Branch)
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nagamachi 2-3-35
    Warajiya is a souvenir gift store located in a former samurai dwelling in 2 Chome, Nagamachi, Kanazawa City. The store sells Kaga Yuzen (hand-painted silk fabrics) and other traditional handicraft products, as well as famous Kanazawa confectionery products, products branded with local characters, etc. Warajiya’s own original product “Kimpaku no Sato”—manju buns decorated with gold leaf—has also attracted a great deal of interest.
  • Hakuichi Main Shop Hakkokan
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Morito 2-1-1
    Kanazawa, the City of Gold Leaf, has a place where you can see, touch, and get a complete experience with gold leaf—the Hakkokan. You can view “Gold Armor” and “Gold Leaf Room”—things relevant to Maeda Toshiie—or try decorating with some gold leaf, and then have some popular “gold leaf ice cream.” You may purchase cosmetics, snacks, and crafts made at this shop. five minutes by car via Kanazawa-Nishi Interchange on the Hokuriku Expressway.

    金箔という商品の性質上、お土産品のお手頃価格というのは難しいのかもしれませんが、値段に圧倒されて何も買わずに店を出ました。改善の余地ありと思います。

  • Kaga Temari Mariya
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Minamichou 5-7
    Kaga Temari (yarn balls) is a tradition said to have begun when Lady Tamahime brought them to the Kaga clan when she married into the Tokugawa family in the Edo period. Kaga Temari Mariya continues to make and sell these yarn balls. Every stage of the process, from creating the base to each needle weave in the pattern, is performed in the traditional way, resulting in charming beauty. And at Mariya, the old technique of using a Kaga thimble is maintained. Approximately 20 minutes on foot from JR Kanazawa Station.
  • Nanao Fisherman’s Wharf Noto Shokusai Market
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    Ishikawa Pref. Nanaoshi Fuchumachi Outside 13-1
    With a rich selection of famous Noto products and fresh sea products you can only get from a peninsula, the Nanao Fisherman’s Wharf Noto Shokusai Market is highly regarded, featuring an eat-in section where seafood laid out on the counter is turned into sashimi or beach-grill that you can eat right there. Freshly caught items and dried fish or delicacies made by fisherman are all rather popular. About 18 minutes by car from Tatsuruhama Interchange on the Noto-satoyama Kaido.
  • Hakuichi Higashiyama Store
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-15-4
    A shop owned and operated by the Hakuichi gold leaf company. The shop operates out of a remodeled old public bath building in the Higashi Chaya District, a charming area where many old Japanese homes and teahouses stand side by side. Making use of the high ceilings of this former public bath, the shop's open and airy sales space is filled with a variety of gold leaf-decorated crafts. Particularly popular items include the shiny gold leaf cosmetics and oil blotting papers. The shop even has free test products for customers to sample. Many customers are also sure to order a cone of soft serve vanilla ice cream covered with a sheet of ritzy gold leaf.

    The ice cream was tinged yellow and very sweet perhaps sweet potato or sweet cream. I shouldve asked. I thought it was vanilla. At Y890, its a pricey snack but a must have. There are other...

  • Utsuwagura
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kagashi Yamashironsen Street 1 - 3
    A shop which carries ceramics from Ishikawa Prefecture. The shop operates out of a renovated kura storehouse built in the Meiji period and still retains the classic white mortar exterior walls and earthen interior walls. The shop's selection primarily consists of colorful Kutani ware and graceful Yamanaka lacquerware created by local artisans. While the shop sells high priced replicas of famous pieces by the renowned artist Rosanjin, who is connected to the local area, the shop's shelves are also lined with reasonably priced items perfect to buy as a souvenir.
  • Ko-ya
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Musashimachi 10-1
    A shop which sells traditional Kanazawa incense and erosoku painted candles. In addition to popular scents like sandalwood and agarwood, the shop also sells a variety of original incense fragrances. In addition, you'll find elegant incenses decorated with another Kanazawa specialty product-gold leaf. The shop's handmade erosoku candles are decorated with colorful Kaga yuzen designs. In the shop's tatami room, you can play a round of kikiko, a traditional game played since the ancient Heian period in which players try to guess the fragrance of the incense being burned. The shop also holds short workshops in which you can make your own kaoribukuro fragrance bag by combining your favorite aromatic woods.
  • Gold Leaf Sakuda (Chaya District Store)
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-3-40
    The Higashi Chaya District branch of a wholesale company which deals in gold leaf, a traditional Kanazawa craft. The open and airy shop has floor to ceiling windows which let in plenty of light. The shop also has large, gold leaf-decorated doors which are a popular place to take a picture. Using skills developed over years of creating gold leaf, the company creates a variety of craft goods decorated with gold and silver leaf. This shop primarily carries accessories and tableware decorated with gold leaf. Particularly popular products, however, are the shop's dorayaki Japanese pancake sandwiches covered with gold leaf, and its suimono soup which contains gold leaf hidden in the broth.
  • Kutaniyaki Kokuryudo
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Honmachi 1-5-3 Rifare 1F
    A shop which carries Kutani ware, a traditional form of ceramics from Ishikawa Prefecture. The shop's wooden sign, boldly emblazoned in blue characters with its name, draws the eye. The birth and modern shop interior is filled with colorfully decorated Kutani ware. The majority of the shop's Kutani ware was decorated one at a time, by hand, by artisans currently working in the medium. The shop also sells a wide selection if cute items perfect for everyday use like small serving plates, his and her chawan traditional cups, and tea cups. Much of the shop's selection is quite reasonably priced and the establishment is quickly gaining popularity as a souvenir hunter's destination.

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Long, thin Ishikawa prefecture runs along the Sea of Japan up into Noto Peninsula. Highlights of the seaside towns lining the west coast include Kanazawa, often described as a "Little Kyoto" thanks to its old wooden tea houses and geisha culture as well as its picturesque Japanese garden, Kenroku-en.

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