try it yourself

As a cultural capital of Japan, Kanazawa has many experiences to offer.
Try your own hand at creating traditional crafts and performances or wear a kimono for a day.

Gold Leaf Ornamentation, Gold & Silver Craftwork Sakuda

Select an item you would like to ornament with gold leaf and take your new work of art home the same day!
Sakuda is a century-old gold leaf craft shop offers guided tours upon request of a gold leaf factory and a museum, and even hosts a gold restroom decorated in gold and platinum.

  • Address:1-3-7 Highashiyama, Kanazawa (in Higashi Chaya)
  • Hours:9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Holidays:none
  • Cost:starting at ¥600

The handicraft highlight of our Kanazawa visit!

Tea ceremony & Garden Experience, The Nishida Garden: Gyokusen’en

A strolling garden centered around a pond, Gyokusen’en features a walking path along seasonally flourishing moss and flowers, leading to the Saisetsu Tea House, the oldest in Kanazawa. Participate in the Japanese tea ceremony, learning how to whip green tea with a bamboo whisk, and savoring hot matcha with a traditional Japanese sweet.

  • Address:8-5 Koshomachi, Kanazawa
  • Hours:9:00 am – 5:00 pm (tea experience at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm)
  • Holidays:none
  • Reservation & Inquiry:one week in advance
  • Cost:entrance fee ¥700, tea ceremony ¥2,300
  • Tea Ceremony Duration:60 minutes

Stunning garden and wonderful tea ceremony. Of course Kenrokuen is the big draw, but don’t miss all the hidden gardens throughout the city. Each are unique and some have opportunities like tea ceremonyes.

Hokutoh Pottery

Adjacent the D.T. Suzuki Museum and hidden Shofukaku Garden is the former Honda clan sword room-turned-pottery house, Hokutoh. Throw, mold and shape clay into a tea bowl or other dish, and select your colors for glazing. Hokutoh staff will dry and bake your creation for you.

  • Address:3-2-1 Hondamachi, Kanazawa
  • Hours:10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Holidays:Sunday and National Holidays
  • Cost:starting at ¥5,400

Very Zen

Kimono, Kanazawa Kirara

Everything you need to be properly fitted in a full kimono outfit is here. Men's kimono are also available. Additional options include genuine Kaga-yuzen silk kimono or professional photography sessions.

  • Address:1-3-18 Higashiyama, Kanazawa
  • Hours:9:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Holidays:Wednesday
  • Cost:¥5,400 -

I didn’t think I was going to be comfortable but it was! Do it if you want to feel like a little celebrity. EVERYONE will ask to take a picture with you!!

5-day Kintsugi Workshop

Recapture beauty in the broken with the Japanese art of kintsugi, repairing broken pottery with lacquer and gold, silver and platinum powder.

Kimono Creation, Start to Finish

In this intense and lengthy process, work under a master Kaga-yuzen designer through each step to design, paint, seal, and dye silk for a kimono of your very own creation.


KANAME HOSTEL is located on Tatemachi Street, which is the center of Kanazawa tourism. The hostel is a focal point for guests coming from all over the world to enjoy Kanazawa. It is set up like a dormitory, but guests can secure a relaxed, private space, and the hostel offers Wi-Fi. The hostel aims to be a place where you can “fully relax and fully enjoy yourself.”

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Mattresses
    made by
    Simmons Co., Ltd.
  • Safety Box

The hostel provides a variety of other services as well.