Profile

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.

NameKanazawa Goodwill Guide Network (abbr. KGGN)
PurposeKGGN members contribute to the grass-roots movement of international understanding by offering hospitality, English language assistance and guides.
Foundation DateApril 1, 1992
General CoordinatorHiroko Yagyu
Number of members126 members as of April 1, 2018 (Male 39 / Female 87)
AddressKanazawa Hyakubangai, 1-1, Kinoshinbo-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa, 920-0858, Japan
Contact

Phone +81-076-232-3933
E-mail for inquiry kggn@po4.nsk.ne.jp

Kind of groupA non-profit volunteer organization
Main activities-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

History

April 1992

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.

September 1992KGGN’s first publication of “KGGN News” (name was later changed to: “KGGN NEWS LETTER”)
March 1998KGGN received the Hotto Ishikawa Sightseeing Hospitality Award.
April 200210th Anniversary Celebration from JNTO
June 2003KGGN incorporated computer and E-mail usage. KGGN launched its first website.
December 2005KGGN was awarded the Ishikawa Prefecture International Exchange & Partnership Certificate.
March 2008KGGN record: KGGN served over 10,000 tourists in one year.
April 2008Change in counter staffing system: number of staff at the counter increased from 1 to 2 people.
May 2010KGGN started guided tours of Kenrokuen Garden and Kanazawa Castle Park.
March 2011New record: KGGN served 17,500 guests in one year.
April 201220th Anniversary Celebration (lecture, celebration, workshop) KGGN published a commemorative magazine.
March 2014New annual tourist record : 24,000, Total sightseeing guides : 800
December 2014KGGN was awarded a certificate of appreciation as the Excellent Goodwill Interpretation Organization by Japan Tourism Agency.
March 2015KGGN began free distribution of information at the teahouse in Gyokuseninmaru Garden in Kanazawa Castle Park.
March 2015New annual tourist record : 33,000, Total sightseeing guides : 900
September 2015KGGN was awarded the certificate of Kanazawa-city Culture Activity as the result of longtime hospitality for foreign tourists.
March 2016New annual tourist record : 50,706, Total sightseeing guides : 1,886
March 2017New annual tourist record : 61,111, Total sightseeing guides : 1,171