Ice cream is everybody's favorite dessert in all seasons, in summer, spring, fall, or even winter! This is the must try food when you visiting Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture. Kanazawa is famous of gold leaf (kinpaku,きんぱく), and 99% of gold leaf in Japan is produced in Kanazawa.
Kanazawa Gold leaf is begins in 1583, and it becomes one of the important point in the city's history. In the era of Lord Toshiie Maeda, the first ruler of Kaga clan, they established at Kanazawa Castle. In the same year he ordered the first production of gold and silver leaf. And by the push of the Maeda family to encourage the development of arts and crafts in Kanazawa which resulted the gold leaf become one of Japan's leading centers of culture
You can easily find Gold Ice cream when you visiting some tourist spots in Kanazawa, like Kenrokuen Garden, Kanazawa Castle, 21st Century Museum, Kanazawa Station, and Higashi Chaya District. Not only on ice cream, you can also easily find some stuffs, souvenirs, cosmetics, or foods with gold leaf on it, and you can also bought some gold leaf as a souvenir when you visiting Kanazawa.
I got to experience my Gold Ice cream during winter! It might sound cold, and it was. But it's something you should try at least once during winter.
The gold leaf covered the soft and tasty vanilla soft cream. The soft ice cream also available in any other flavors like green tea, chocolate, taro, black sesame, etc. For the price is various depends on the amount of the gold leaf, around 350-890 yen, and this one that I bought is 450 yen. Thus, with the various range of the price, you can adjust your budget and you can still experience the fancy gold ice cream!
Go grab it when you visiting Kanazawa!