Kanazawa has been spared the devastation of war and natural disasters, and therefore people are able to enjoy both the modern aspects of the city as well as get a taste of the old Edo castle town. Kanazawa has inherited rich traditional culture and crafts from the Edo period; things such as tea ceremony, Noh theater, gold leaf, Kutani pottery, and lacquerware.
It is our pleasure to welcome you to Kanazawa and offer you warm hospitality. We seek to introduce you to the beauty of the traditions and culture of Kanazawa during your stay.
|Kanazawa Goodwill Guide Network (abbr. KGGN)
|KGGN members contribute to the grass-roots movement of international understanding by offering hospitality, English language assistance and guides.
|April 1, 1992
|Number of members
|126 members as of April 1, 2018 (Male 39 / Female 87)
|Kanazawa Hyakubangai, 1-1, Kinoshinbo-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa, 920-0858, Japan
|Kind of group
|A non-profit volunteer organization
|-Providing free information to tourists at the Ishikawa Prefecture Kanazawa Tourist Information Center
-Offering guided tours of Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park from the information booth near Ishikawa-mon gate and providing free information to tourists at the Gyokusen'an Rest House in Gyokusen'inmaru Garden in Kanazawa Castle Park
-Providing English-speaking travel guides and interpreters for those who have made prior arrangements
-Gathering members together for monthly meetings, workshops, social activities and to publish monthly journals
KGGN became an independent organization - originally part of “the Society to Introduce Kanazawa to the World”. KGGN began free distribution of information at the Ishikawa Prefecture Kanazawa Tourist Information Center and started a volunteer guide service.
|KGGN’s first publication of “KGGN News” (name was later changed to: “KGGN NEWS LETTER”)
|KGGN received the Hotto Ishikawa Sightseeing Hospitality Award.
|10th Anniversary Celebration from JNTO
|KGGN incorporated computer and E-mail usage. KGGN launched its first website.
|KGGN was awarded the Ishikawa Prefecture International Exchange & Partnership Certificate.
|KGGN record: KGGN served over 10,000 tourists in one year.
|Change in counter staffing system: number of staff at the counter increased from 1 to 2 people.
|KGGN started guided tours of Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park.
|New record: KGGN served 17,500 guests in one year.
|20th Anniversary Celebration (lecture, celebration, workshop) KGGN published a commemorative magazine.
|New annual tourist record : 24,000, Total sightseeing guides : 800
|KGGN was awarded a certificate of appreciation as the Excellent Goodwill Interpretation Organization by Japan Tourism Agency.
|KGGN began free distribution of information at the teahouse in Gyokuseninmaru Garden in Kanazawa Castle Park.
|New annual tourist record : 33,000, Total sightseeing guides : 900
|KGGN was awarded the certificate of Kanazawa-city Culture Activity as the result of longtime hospitality for foreign tourists.
|New annual tourist record : 50,706, Total sightseeing guides : 1,886
|New annual tourist record : 61,111, Total sightseeing guides : 1,171