Updated: November 06, 2018
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Where To Have Glittering Gold Leaf Ice Cream In Kanazawa!


Kanazawa (金沢) literally means "marsh of gold". The name comes from a legend of a peasant who was digging for potatoes but instead found gold flakes. The gold association with Kanazawa stuck and now the town prides itself in offering gold-related souvenirs and foods (you can even find gold flakes in your ramen). The most famous food is the gold leaf ice cream. Here is where you can have it if you visit the city of western Honshu in Ishikawa prefecture.

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Gold Leaves And Flakes

A note about gold leaves and flakes. They are perfectly edible! The gold is biologically inert and has no taste. It simply passes through the digestive track without being absorbed. The gold must be very pure however. 22 to 24 carats gold is used as edible gold. So rest assured, you can safely indulge the following glittering treats!


Near the entrance of the Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa is a place called Hakuichi that sells this amazing gold leaf-wrapped soft vanilla ice cream (1000 yen). Definitely one of the most popular spots to try the local specialty. It also sells various other gold-related products.

Caffe Arco Stazione

Caffe Arco Stazione is located inside the Kanazawa Station. It has various items on its menu such as waffles, salads, sandwiches, etc., but one of their popular item is the gold and silver leaf-wrapped soft ice cream!


Imaikinpaku is a souvenir shop located near the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Their gold foils are narrower than some other shops but they also sell a matcha version of the rare treat!

Kanazawa Ukeian

Kanazawa Ukeian is located accross the Asano River from the Kenrokuen Park. You can get there by bus (stop at Hashibacho and its a 5 minute walk from there). This place doesn't put a foil but sprinkle gold flakes on its ice cream instead. The waffle cone makes it espacially delicious. You can also get a milkshake with gold flakes there.


Hope you've enjoyed learning about Kanazawa's local specialty. If you are in the area, the place is quite renowned for its seafood so make sure to try some of its sushi restaurants too! See link below.

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