Souvenirs Spots in Ishikawa Area

  • Hakuichi Higashiyama Store
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    4.0
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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.

    Gold leaf did not taste like much, but it was an experience that you don’t get all that often! Icecream was simple soft serve, but the eating was part of the adventure!

  • Hakuza Hikarikura
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    4.0
    58 Reviews
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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.

    When we arrived in Kanazawa we hadnt planned on doing anything with gold leaf, but after a stop at the gold leaf museum, we sought out Hakuza because as crafters we read that they did mini...

  • 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.

    先日のNHK「歴史探偵」で、タイの寺院の仏像に信者(参拝者)2㎝角の金箔を貼り付け、お参りするのを見た。貼り付ける位置により、効能が違うとのこと。例えば頭に貼れば頭がよくなるし、へそあたりに貼ると金運アップとか。金箔を貼るという体験と、仏像が金ピカになるということ、金箔の販路が拡大するということを考えれば、それぞれ(人、寺院、販売者)にメリットがあって、あまりデメリットが考えられないが、いかがでし...

  • Hakuza Main Shop
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    29 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Moriyama 1-30-4
    "A shop which makes and sells items decorated with gold and silver leaf located a seven minute drive from JR Kanazawa Station. The shop's name is derived from an actual agency which once governed the use of gold and silver foil. The shop is notable for its adaptability-in addition to maintaining the traditional techniques of ""enzuke"" gold leafing, the shop also makes use of modern gold leafing techniques as is deemed appropriate to the situation. The main shop location allows visitors to observe artisans working with gold leaf and is the only place where you can see a tearoom decorated with some 40 thousand sheets of highest quality ""enzuke"" gold leaf, a traditional technique highly prized in the restoration of National Treasures. In addition, the shop sells a wide selection of original products only a specialty shop like this can carry such as Hakuji gold leaf ceramics."

    Hakuza is an incredible place to visit and a highlight of our visit to Kanazawa. There is an effortless class to the setup inside, showcasing their skill at creating gold leaf and then forming items...

  • Kanazawa Crafts Hirosaka
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Hirosaka 1-2-25 Inside the Kanazawa Noh Museum
    A traditional crafts shop located inside the Kanazawa Noh Museum in Hirosaka, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Stocking 20 or more varieties of popular traditional crafts from Kanazawa, a former castle town and cultural leader of the Kaga area, here you’ll find handcrafted postcards created with Kaga yuzen techniques, saikumono handiwork, and more. The shop also carries rarer traditional crafts like Kaga zogan inlay work, Kaga mizuhiki zaiku cordwork, and Kaga kebari lures. At this popular destination, you’ll be able to buy unique Kaga souvenirs which combine the skills of artisans with the chic tastes of a Japanese castle town.

    Fascinating crafts and artwork. Handcrafted, unique gifts. Simply fun to explore the shop. Who might have thought that fishing lures were art? Prices are fair for the caliber of the work.

  • Imai Kinpaku Main Store
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    18 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Saiwaimachi 7-3
    This long-standing gold leaf specialty shop was established in 1898. Facing Saigawa-odori Avenue and located close to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and the Kenrokuen garden, the shop sells gold leaf materials and gold leaf crafts and also holds a variety of workshops. The shop’s most popular workshop is its gold leafing activity, which lets you handle real gold leaf just one 10,000th of a millimeter thick. Under the tentative guidance of an instructor, you can make your own gold leaf hand mirror, small bon tray, postcard, or badge, the perfect opportunity to make a memory of your trip to Kanazawa that will last a lifetime. The gold leaf ice cream activity, in which you apply gold leaf to a soft serve ice cream cone, is also popular.

    街中あちこちに金箔ソフトクリームはありますが、金箔やさんが出しているだけあってか、近江町市場、駅前よりも少し安い気がします。金箔味は正直分かりませんが、名物なのでとりあえず話のネタに食べてみてもいいかも。

  • Nousaku
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
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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.

    The lacquer ware at Nosaku is exquisite and beautifully displayed. The shop is like a museum. Prices are surprisingly reasonable. The gentleman presiding was in earnest conversation with an artisan...

  • Nakashima Menya Main Store
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    3.5
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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.)

    金沢駅から徒歩約18分の距離にあります。今回はひゃくまんさん人形をGetすべく来店。幸いにも店頭に1点在庫があり無事購入することが出来た。 お店は昭和を感じさせるレトロな作りではあるが歴史を感じさせる作品が並んでいる。 張り子のひゃくまんさんなのでとても軽くお土産の品としては良いかもしれない。

  • 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.

    土が鉄分を含むため珠洲の陶器は黒みを帯びています。どことなく朴訥とした優しい雰囲気の焼き物が多い中、デザイン次第でシックな都会的な作品も時々出会えます。珠洲焼は東京のおしゃれなショップにもさりげなく置かれていたりします。こちらの珠洲焼会館では白身のカルパッチョが映えそうな深い黒のお皿に出会えました。

  • Noukabanzai the Shop Higashiyama
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi
    This shop, opened in 2015, sells modern, new traditional crafts created by young artisans connected to Ishikawa Prefecture. The 66 square meter shop is filed with over 300 items. All are welcome, and the shop carries many relatively reasonably priced Kutani ware and Wajima lacquerware pieces perfect for everyday use.

    石川県の若手のアーティストの作品が置いてあります。九谷焼など、普段使いできるものがたくさん。ついついお土産に買っちゃいます。

  • 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.
  • 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.

    ひがし茶屋街の細い路地にある日本手ぬぐいのお店。風情のある小さなお店の中には日本手ぬぐいがいっぱいです。色とりどりの素敵な絵柄が取り揃えられています。お店のオリジナルもあります。きっとお気に入りの1枚が見つかるはずです。ちなみに私は旅の思い出に加賀やさいの絵柄を選びました。

  • Gold Leaf Sakuda (Sakuda Gold & Silver Leaf Crafts)
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Higashiyama 1-3-27
    Gold Leaf Sakuda is a long-established gold leaf workshop (with its own shop) that has been using traditional techniques to make beautiful, intricate gold-leaf products since 1919. Gold leaf making is a traditional craft in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, with 99% of all gold leaf produced in Japan being made in Kanazawa. Located around 100 meters from the famous Higashi Chaya-gai district, Gold Leaf Sakuda’s flagship store offers workshop tours and golf leaf application experience activities, enabling visitors to see for themselves the complex techniques used in golf leaf production. Gold Leaf Sakuda also has a wide range of souvenir gifts on sale, including not just handicraft items but also glassware and cosmetics products, etc.
  • Kutani Bitoen
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    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamashiro Onsen 16-71
    A Kutani ware studio which boasts over a century of history, having been established in 1914. Located a kilometer from Yamashiro Onsen’s Soyu, the studio displays and sells over 300 examples of Kutani ware in an old-fashioned Japanese estate. Carrying everything from steal pieces by traditional Kutani ware masters to items perfect for modern, everyday use, here anyone can come and experience the beauty and long history of Kutani ware. The studio also deals in Kinrande gold-painted porcelain, notably purchased by retired Emperor Akihito; Ko-Kutani old Kutani ware; Yoshidaya Kutani ware; and Meiji period Tianqiko-sometsuke and ko-akae porcelain from China.
  • Yamanaka Urushi-za (Yamanaka Lacquerware Traditional Industry Hall)
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    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamanaka Onsen Tsukatani Machi I268-2
    The most distinctive characteristic of Yamanaka lacquerware, a traditional Yamanaka Onsen craft, is the use of a technique called “kiji” which involves carving out the shape of a piece from raw wood. This area, known as Sugatani-machi, is the home of many world-class artisans who carry on this technique utilizing a lathe to carve away the wood. Located five minutes from the heart of the Yamanaka Onsen hot spring district, this shop displays and sells a diverse array of Yamanaka lacquerware. Dating back to the distant Azuchi-Momoyama period, Yamanaka lacquerware is notable with the smoothness of the lacquer, which adheres extremely closely to the wood; and its fragrant, woody smell. Encountering Yamanaka lacquerware in person stimulates all five senses in a way photographs cannot possibly convey. Here customers can purchase Yamanaka lacquerware at the kind of reasonable prices you’ll only find by going direct to the source; visitors can also watch live demonstrations of artisans using a lathe to carve out a piece for later lacquering.
  • Kinuya Kutani
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    Ishikawa Kaga-shi Yamanaka Onsen Higashimachi 1 Ma 22
    This studio produces Kutani ware, a craft whose origins date back to the early Edo period when a kiln was built in Kutani Village deep in the mountains of Yamanaka, Ishikawa Prefecture. Standing in front of the Yamanaka Bus Terminal and identifiable by its red iron oxide-painted latticework, the studio makes and sells original Kutani ware which carry on the traditions of the art form. The shop’s staple and popular Kutani Oval, a beautiful, curving bowl similar to Western-style tableware in design, combines simplicity with an elegant appearance. Customers rave that the oval bowl, its pure white setting off the beauty of its form, enhances the elegance of any meal. In the Circulo teaching studio on the second floor, you can try making your very own, one-of-a-kind Kutani ware piece.
  • Hakuichi (Kanazawa Hyakubangai Store)
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    Ishikawa Kanazawa-shi Kinoshinbomachi 1-1
    This shop is located inside a mall connected directly to Kanazawa Station, the entranceway to Kanazawa. The shop’s abundant selection of wares includes Kanazawa crafts, cosmetics, oil blotting papers, confections, and edible gold leaf. Conveniently located close to a station ticket gate, whether you’re here for sightseeing or on business, it’s easy to stop by. In addition to special, high class items decorated with Kanazawa gold leaf, the shop carries many popular products perfect for everyday use.
  • Tokyodo Noto Furusatokan
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    Ishikawa Nanao-shi Wakuramachi Wa Department 3-2
    This souvenir and gift shop carries tasteful products representative of the Noto area. Here you can purchase simple Suzu ware made by a variety of artisans active in the local Nanao and Noto areas. The shop also sells reasonably priced, small Wajima lacquerware items such as popular chopsticks and accessories. The shop also has a rest area for customers to use.
  • 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.

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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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