Shore Excursion Details

Gold Leaf Art & Japanese Sweets

Kanazawa, Japan

Gold Leaf Art & Japanese Sweets


  • 4
    hrs Estimate Duration

Watch the traditional art of gold leaf-making, a process in which artisans pound gold into super-thin sheets that are used to decorate handicrafts, sculptures and even temples in larger installations.

The production of gold leaf began in Kanazawa in the 16th century as part of the ruling Maeda family’s push to encourage the development of arts and crafts. It is still a thriving art, as you will see by watching artisans make gold leaf through a precise process that involves a rolling mill, special paper and instruments to pound the gold. The finished product is so thin that you can see light through it and so delicate that static electricity in the air can tear it.

You can try your hand at making gold leaf and later at making wagashi, a traditional confection from bean paste that melts in the mouth. Wagashi is often shaped like animals and used in tea ceremonies, as it respects the balance of bitter and sweet.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 2.5 hours of walking with a few steps. It is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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Local Food-Wine Tasting

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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