Kyoto Gomei Gold Foil Handicraft

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Here at Kyoto Gomei Gold Foil Handicraft we have visitors ranging from students on school excursions to foreign travellers who come to have a good time. Come to create your own personal piece of art using the world’s thinnest and finest gold foils! We offer three courses to experience making gold foil art: simple, standard and high-grade course.

※ Time is our main criteria. Since we have a lot of individual duties, the time spent of each production may vary.
Please make sure that you have ample spare time when making your reservation.
※ Payment of the experience by cash please.

There are a lot of participation in the event on year-end and New Year holidays and Sundays and holidays.
Because I can not experience at the workshop, thank you.

Gomei-experience program fees:
Gomei-experience program fees
School excursions
General public standard course:

(You can take the finished work back home on the same day.)
※ The works made are for decoration purposes only.
2,500 Yen
New offer: High-grade course: 7,000 Yen (shipping fee paid extra)
Simple course:
Bring your own object to gold plate

(All gold-gilded products made are covered
with a protective seal (that is indispensible) and finish)
1,500 Yen


Procedure for Standard Course

Standard course for school excursions and general public
(1) Choose a square-shaped plate of either black or vermillion colour and make the outline with 9 mm tape. Then on the pattern paper, draw with a pencil the design you would like to use.
(2) When the design is ready you will stick the masking tape onto the square plate following the pattern paper.
(3)Neatly sticking the tape onto the square plate, the staff will apply the glue for the gold foil.
(4)After a practice round, you will then cover the glued product with the gold foil, evenly spreading the gold foil on the black places.
(5) When you are done the staff will brush the foil surface and polish it.
(6) Afterwards, slowly peel the tape off of the piece of work and check whether there is not any remaining glue and if the gold foil is attached well enough.
(7) Any parts left with remaining glue will be covered with gold foil by the staff, neatly cleaning the gold foil with a revision stick of their of production.
(8) The finished product will then be packed so you can take it home on the same day (the plate stand is included in order to display the plate)


High-grade course

In this course you can choose from a rounded plate, a picture stand or a mirror.

First, draw your own design on a designated pattern paper. You can also bring a design artwork that you can copy on the patter paper.
When the design is done, neatly fix the pattern paper with your design with masking tape onto a stretched mount.
Neatly cut out your design from the pattern paper with a cutter. Then slightly remove the masking tape with a pair of tweezers. If you are unable to, cut it off in order to repair it.
Then peel off the pattern paper with the masking tape.
Then you will remove the peeled off masking tape from the mount. Carefully stick it to the places where you want to cover with gold foil.
The part you want to gild with gold should be in the centre. When it is in the centre, cover it with glue. Then, practice how to grab the gold foil with a pair of sticks.
When you are able to grab the foil, challenge yourself and place on the spot.
When you evenly stick the gold foil, the staff will clean the surface of the foil with cotton and a dusting brush, polishing the gold foil.
Slowly peel off the masking tape, being careful not to tamper the gold foil. At this point the work is done.
At the end of the process, you can write letters or draw shapes with an original correction stick as well as fix the places where the gold foil is loose.
When the excess gold foil is taken away, you will have experienced gold gilding!
Afterwards, a picture of your product is taken and printed. You can then decide a place where to place a lacquer pattern.
The completion of the lacquer takes approximately 1 month. After it is done we will sent your product by an express home delivery.
(Please note: We do not ship products made in the high-grade course overseas )
This is an example product where the lacquer pattern is inserted and completed.
Close up of the lacquer finish.
We currently offer sakura blossoms, maple leaves and approximately 3 other popular patterns for the lacquer patterns. If you decide to bring your own, you may be charged an additional fee.

Simple course: Bring your own product to gold plate

This course allows you use gold foil to gild your own product that you bring with you. There are many things you can bring, such as smartphone cases or mirrors.
Please note: You cannot bring products without a protective seal that have uneven or rough surface.

First draw a design you would like to place onto your product on a square pattern paper 4cm x 4cm. Then cut out the pattern aiming to the masking tape on the bottom, peeling off the masking tape neatly afterwards. 
The staff will then cover the surface with glue, and plate the gold foil onto it. Afterwards, the staff will dust it and neatly peel off the tape.
If there are parts of the gold foil you want to fix, you will be able to take your time and fix it with our original correction stick.
Finally, you will stick a slightly larger protective seal over the gold-gilded part and it is done!
Final Product

We will be waiting for you to come visit us!


Choose your desired course
(please make a reservation by 1 PM on the previous day.)

We opened a minishop

Recently, we have established a mini shop in our studio where we sell numerous products on which we used enzuke gold leaves (one of the techniques of making gold foil) on items such as tableware, kettles and pendants.

Below is a map of the shop surroundings (Approximately a 10-minute walk from Kyoto Station).
Leave the Kyoto Station through the main ticket gates and walk along the main Post Office which is on the left. Once you pass the buildings of Kansai Denryoku, the Fire Department and the traffic lights and go straight on to the North and you find yourself in a quite Monzen-cho where you can see our signboard.
Please print out the map and refer to it to help you on the way to our shop.

784,Hirano-cho, Shinmachi-dori
Shomen-sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8306 Japan
FAX 075(371)1872