Enhance your tour experience by selecting one of our favorite tour activities. This page describes some of the extras that can easily be built into your custom tour to enhance your experience on the day.
Experience a traditional Tea Ceremony
In Kanazawa, the tea ceremony culture has prospered under the encouragement of successive lords, and the culture to savour tea became widespread even among local citizens by the 17th century. Saisetsu-tei is one of the oldest tea ceremony rooms in Kanazawa located in private gardens beside Kenrokuen Garden. It is known for its history which dates between 1500 - 1600. Experience a unique and private Tea Ceremony where once Samurai met before battle.
Session are 40 minutes long. Includes tutorial on making the perfect green tea.
Kaga Yuzen (Kimono Silk Dyeing)
Meet with our Kaga Yuzen master in Kanazawa to experience personally the exclusive hand craft of Kimono dyeing. Try your hand at the art while hearing the intriguing stories of how the ancient craft is still maintained by the Kaga Yuzen Master. Exclusively available to our clients at Kanazawa Walking Tours.
Kaga Yuzen traditionally depicts beautiful natural scenes, such as flowers, birds and landscapes. The materials used (dyeing paste) are made up of 5 basic colours; indigo, crimson, ocher, purple and black. The traditional craft of Kaga Yuzen is over 500 years old and really flourished in Kanazawa under the patronage of the Kaga clan.
Indulge your soul with traditional Reiki Therapy
Experience the relaxing and healing energy of Reiki with a qualified Reiki Master. Our local Master, Fumi, with over 10 years experience as a master, offers call-outs in the Kanazawa area. Call out sessions can be booked for 60 minutes.
Recommended by KWT staff, this is a great way to relax the mind after a busy day touring. Sessions can be booked as part of your tour or independently. Book a session here
Read more about Reiki and Fumi in our Kanazawa People Blog
Geisha Performance or Meeting
Ever wondered what it would be like to meet a real Geisha?
We bring this experience to life with our Geisha meetings and performances. Exclusive to Kanazawa Tours, this secretive and guarded profession is finally opened up to a select few. This once in a lifetime experience is designed to share this enchanting tradition with those who are curious.
Meetings last 60 minutes with Sake and Tea served. Meetings will be held within the Geisha district. Advanced booking essential
Meet Kanazawa's Celebrity Ceramics Master
Ohi san (the 11th) comes from a long line of Ceramics specialists, his ancestors were originally summoned from Kyoto by Lord Maeda, a prominent samurai and generous supporter of the arts. His ancestors were invited to stay and work for the Maeda clan in Kanazawa, 11 generations later they are still serving the clan and the city.
Specialising in ceramic ware, such as tea ceremony items and incense cases the family have thrived in their Kanazawa residence, still standing today near Higashi Chaya. Ohi-san can be met on our exclusive 'Meet The Masters' tours.
Cooking course - Accomodation included
Tradition cooking and Accommodation
We are proud to offer exclusive traditional cooking courses including overnight stay in a tradition silk house. This unique experience has been hand picked by our curators for those who really want to immerse themselves in a culinary experience while getting hands on knowledge of some of Japans most loved dishes.
Our Japanese chefs are English speaking and have been running cooking courses for years. We will whisk you out of the city into the countryside where the ingredients are grown.
Noto Buddhist Trail
Experience the Noto peninsula on out Buddhist Trail
Discover the hidden teaching of Buddhism on the beautiful Noto peninsula. This unique tour includes Temple tours, a Sho-jin lunch within the temple. A private yacht to Wakura and an Ouster lunch.
Dicover this beautiful peninsula on this relaxing journey outside Kanazawa
Kanazawa Gold Leaf Crafts
The Samurai Maeda Clan encouraged goldsmith artisans to develop the craft, and the art of gold leaf flourished. Even today, almost 100% of the gold leaf used in Japan is produced in Kanazawa.
Try your hand at making crafts with this precious metal with Kanazawa Tours. Everything you make is yours to take home with you, making it a unique souvenir full of memories from Kanazawa, a UNESCO city of crafts.
Workshop lasts 1 hour
Wagashi Japanese Confectionery Making
Wagashi is a famous traditional Japanese confectionary. From olden times, imaginative, original, beautiful and delicate wagashi has been created as the tea ceremony culture thrived in Kanazawa and Kyoto. This gives the client an opportunity to design their own handmade Japanese confectionery to take home.
Workshop last around an 1 hour
Private Calligraphy Session
Yamazaki Sensei, a renowned calligraphy teacher for over half a century, will instruct you on how to write your chosen Japanese characters … in the exclusive privacy of her own home near the Saigawa river, Kanazawa.
*Using original Suzuri ink stones, grind the ink and relax your heart and mind while writing. Sense the sounds and smells in this workshop calmness surrounded by the calligraphy tools.
*Try various brush sizes to write your chosen letters.
Workshop last around an 1 hour and tea will be served
Mizuhiki, a traditional Japanese art, is made from stiffened rice paper and is connected to samurai culture and Japanese ceremonial occasions.
The different generations of the Hirose family breathe life into the traditional art of Mizuhiki in their studio on banks of the River Sai in Kanazawa.
Visit their peaceful oasis to admire their work, to purchase a unique piece of Japan, or to experience creating the art of Mizuhiki yourself.