Kinzan Kiln

The Kinzan Kiln

The Kinzan Kiln opened in 1906, but the ceramics they produce date back even further: Kutani Ware was originally made for feudal lords, back in the day of the samurai. This regional style is known for its colorful, ornate designs, hand-painted in a palette of five trademark pigments. The Kinzan Kiln stands apart through its distinctive use of kinsai, a type of glaze painting that incorporates gold. Minori Yoshita, the workshop’s third-generation owner, inherited and further improved this technique, earning the title of Living National Treasure. His successor Yukio, and his family, have adapted these traditional techniques to modern life, with unique new approaches. See a master at work, and join a hands-on gold leaf workshop to create a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Noguchi Sake

Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute

In a sense, the only ingredients needed to make sake are water, rice, and koji. With this few ingredients, each must be top-quality — and bringing out their best requires one more: artisanal skill. The Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute is named for its founder, the head of the Noto-Toji brewers’ guild. His skill and dedication earned him the nickname “the god of sake brewing,” and in 2017 he came out of retirement to establish this institute, in the hopes of inspiring future generations to take up the calling of the sake brewer. Start in the gallery with an overview of Noguchi’s career, before stepping into the intimate tasting room. Spend a relaxed hour sampling sakes, served in a variety of cups, including ones made by the Kinzan Kiln.

Tour Video

Enrich your life through encounters with expert skills.
Work with gold leaf at the Kinzan Kiln studio, guided by an expert. Learn about sake at the Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute, and taste the differences. Discover artisanal excellence that can only be found in Komatsu, Ishikawa.


Season Available

All year round

Days Unavailiable for Reservations

Sundays and Japanese national holidays

What is Included

Transportation (private taxi)
English-speaking guide
Visiting Kinzangama Kiln Studio & Gallery (includes gold leaf workshop)
Visiting Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute (includes sake tasting)

Tour Itinerary (example)

9:30 Departure from Kanazawa
10:30 Kinzangama Kiln
12:30 Lunch
14:00 Stone quarry
15:00 Noguchi Naohiko Sake Institute (Gallery and Sake Tasting)
16:30 Departure
17:30 Arrival in Kanazawa


8 hours


Komatsu, Ishikawa

Cancellation Policy

30% for cancellations within 10 days of tour, 50% for cancellations 2–9 days before the tour, and 100% for cancellations on the day before or the day of the tour


Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or health conditions. The tour includes some walking, so we recommend wearing comfortable clothes and shoes.

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