Experience

Use the Gold Leaf
and Experience the Craftsmanship

HAKUICHI offers the gold-leafing experiences at two of our stores, “Main Store HAKUKOKAN” and “Kanazawa Bikazari Asano” throughout the year.
At “Main Store HAKUKOKAN”, we offer many programs including various levels of metal-leafing experience from beginners to advanced visitors and the gold-leaf transfer experience to feel how thin gold leaves are. We can accommodate one from person to a group of 70 so that a private visitor as well as group travelers can enjoy the experiential programs. At “Kanazawa Bikazari Asano”, we focus on simple programs.
 
 

Gold-leafing Experience

We offer a wide array of metal-leafing experiences to make your own craftworks to meet different travel schedules and budgets. We also offer some seasonal metal-leafing programs, so please inquire for details. As our staffs will give you the thorough guidance, even small children and beginners can have a great time.

Inquiry/Reservation

Phone: 076−240−8911
(9:00 - 18:00 - Open daily)

Steps of Metal-leafing Experience “Master Course”

Decide which item to work on, and choose the pattern stickers. Different items require different number of stickers.
Decide on where to apply the gold leaf, and place the stickers. The instructor will then apply the adhesive.
Apply gold leaf over the glued surface. The instructor will show you how to maneuver your fingers to entirely cover the pattern with gold leaf.
Coat the surface with the top coat, wait to dry and carefully remove the pattern stickers.
Now, you have a great souvenir to remember your trip to Kanazawa. This is the only craft in the world with your original design. Very useful when you bring back home.

Our Programs

Apprentice Course

Simple yet gorgeous. Perfect for busy travelers and small children.

Level: ★

Available at: Main Store HAKUKOKAN, Kanazawa Bikazari Asano

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  • Picture Card (one piece)

    Patterns - 5
    Price includes gold leaf
    10 minutes
    500 yen
  • Chopsticks (one pair)

    Sizes - 2 (adult/kid)
    Colors - 2 (red/black)
    Price includes gold leaf
    20 minutes
    800 yen

Master Course

Choose your favorite design from different pattern stickers and quickly create masterly crafts.

Level: ★★

Available at: Main Store HAKUKOKAN, Kanazawa Bikazari Asano

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  • Cloth Coaster

    Colors - 5 (green/vermillion/purple/black/blue)
    Pattern sticker (large) - 1
    Price includes gold leaf
    *Up to five people per session
    (because the steps are different from others)
    20 minutes
    800 yen
  • Small Plate

    Color - Black
    Pattern sticker (large) - 1
    Price includes gold leaf
    20 minutes
    1000 yen
  • Mini Tote Bag

    Colors - 3 (white/red/black)
    Pattern sticker (large) - 1
    Price includes gold leaf
    *Up to five people per session
    (because the steps are different from others)
    30 minutes
    1200 yen
  • Candle Pot

    Colors - 2 (clear/blue)
    Pattern sticker (large) - 1
    Price includes gold leaf
    *Up to five people per session
    (because the steps are different from others)
    25 minutes
    1200 yen
  • Small Box

    Colors - 2 (red/black)
    Pattern stickers (large) - 2
    Price includes gold leaf
    35 minutes
    1500 yen
  • Small Hand Mirror

    Colors - 2 (ivory/black)
    Pattern stickers (large) - 2
    Price includes gold leaf
    35 minutes
    1500 yen
  • Round Tray

    Color - Black
    Pattern stickers (large) - 2
    Price includes gold leaf
    35 minutes
    1800 yen

Wizard Course

The most advanced level to create the crafts with your original design.
With the use of “gold leaf” and “silver leaf” in whatever way you want, you can enjoy the metal-leafing to the fullest extent.

Level: ★★★

Available at: Main Store HAKUKOKAN only

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  • Chopsticks (one pair)

    Color - Black
    Price includes gold and silver leaves
    30 minutes
    1000 yen
  • Small Plate

    Color - Black
    Price includes genuine gold leaf and silver leaf
    40 minutes
    1200 yen
  • Candle Pot

    Colors - 2 (clear/blue)
    Price includes gold and silver leaves
    *Up to five people per session
    (because the steps are different from others)
    30 minutes
    1500 yen
  • Small Hand Mirror

    Colors - 2 (ivory/black)
    Price includes gold and silver leaves
    40 minutes
    1800 yen
  • Small Box

    Colors - 2 (red/black)
    Price includes gold and silver leaves
    50 minutes
    1800 yen
  • Round Tray

    Color - Black
    Price includes gold and silver leaves
    50 minutes
    2000 yen

Metal-leafing experience is available at two locations.

  • Main Store HAKUKOKAN

    2-1-1 Morito, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture
    Phone: 076-240-8911, Sign up: 9:00 - 16:00
  • Kanazawa Bikazari Asano (in Higashi Chayagai)

    1-8-3 Higashiyama, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture
    Phone: 076-251-8911, Sign up: 10:00 - 15:00
    *Closed on Tuesdays
The programs at “Kanazawa Bikazari Asano” are for reservation only. Please make a reservation at “Main Store HAKUKOKAN”.
Groups of 10 or more are requested to reserve earlier.
The duration is a rough indication for group visitors. Please check with our staff upon reservation.
”Main Store” HAKUKOKAN >> Up to 70 people can take a program together. For groups of over 70, please inquire.
 
 

Gold Leaf Transfer

You can experience the gold leaf transfer nowhere but HAKUICHI. The sense of accomplishment you feel when you successfully handle the thin gold leaf that can fly away with the weakest of breath with the time-proven tools is beyond words. You sure will have fun even if you fail. As this program requires only a short time, even busy travelers can experience how the masterly craftsman works.
Price - 500 yen (inclusive of tax/material)
Sign up - 9:00 - 17:00
Participation - up to 4 people (5 - 10 minutes per person)

Steps of Gold-leaf Transfer Experience

You can use the same tools as professional craftsmen. We will give you full guidance as they are very delicate.
Lift the gold leaf with bamboo tweezers, very gently place over the leather-covered woodblock and spread smoothly.
Delicately blow to smooth out so that ripples spread outwardly.
Trim the gold leaf with the bamboo frame. Move carefully as the gold leaf can easily fly away.
Place the gold leaf over the grass paper, and you are all set. Please bring the gold leaf home.