Around Kanazawa

Gold Leaf

Gold Leaf

(Photo credit ©石川県観光連盟)

The first kanji used for Kanazawa is fitting: 金 (kin, pronounced like keen) means gold or money – and with their booming gold leaf industry, the city was aptly named.

Gold leaf is mainly used to add some sparkle to food and decorative pieces – both of which you can experience during your stay! As you walk around Kanazawa, you’ll see many shops offering ice cream with either gold leaf sprinkled on your soft serve or, if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can get a full sheet and have a truly golden ice cream experience.

There are also a few shops in Kanazawa that offer workshops in decorating your own chopsticks or plate or box with gold leaf. Price varies depending on the size of the object, and the length of the workshop also depends on the size and complexity of your design. Generally, the workshops have a set of stencils you can use to create your design – but if you’re an artist and good with using a small box-cutter to cut your shapes out of tape, by all means, make your own design!

Around Kanazawa, it’s easy to have some fun with gold leaf, so make your visit a bit golden.


  • Gold leaf-covered ice cream generally costs about 900 yen.
  • Workshops often require reservations due to popularity and limited space.

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