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Gohei Mochi Making Class in Gifu

Organized by Kirira
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Experience Details
Experience Location
1 hour
Number of Guests
2 - 60 guests
Wheelchair Accessible, Stroller Accessible, Family-friendly
Japanese, English
Join this family-friendly cooking class to learn how to make “gohei mochi,” savory rice cakes on a stick, a famous snack from Gifu Prefecture in Japan.


Pound steamed rice until it is sticky and moldable
Roll, skewer, and grill your mochi balls to perfection
Slather your mochi sticks with savory miso and soy sauce before eating them nice and warm, or pack them up to eat later!
Enjoy the scenery of the beautiful Kiso River while you meet other travelers passing through the area
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

Have you ever heard of “mochi”? Mochi is a Japanese pounded rice cake. It is a popular and versatile food in Japan, with all kinds of sweet and savory variations as well as regional specialties. In the Gifu region of central Japan, a local style called “gohei mochi” is the local mochi snack! Gohei mochi features savory rice cake balls on skewers, served with soy sauce and miso. If you want to learn about local culture during a trip to Gifu, learn how to make them from scratch during this exciting cooking class! Gohei mochi originated as something that people working in the mountains would eat as they were easy to carry around. Come lunch time, mochi balls on skewers could be easily grilled and served with miso (and not to forget, add some sake to wash it down). Now a traditional food from Gifu Prefecture, it is the perfect combination where miso meets rice! It is a fun activity to do when gathered with family friends. They are also made as an offering to thank deities after the fall harvest. Making gohei mochi is a simple yet a fun hands-on experience that is enjoyable for the whole family. During this class, you will learn how to pound the steamed rice until it is sticky and stretchy. Your cooking instructor will help you to prepare the rice balls by hand and skewer them onto sticks for the perfect bite-sized snack. Grill them to perfection and add a touch of that special miso flavor before eating your very own gohei mochi! (Or you can take it away to the next destination of your travels.) Located alongside the Kiso River in Gifu’s beautiful Nakatsugawa region, this hands-on and family-friendly experience is held at a roadside station known as a “michi no eki.” These kinds of service stations are not only places for travelers to stop and take a break, but also where they can learn about the local area and engage with the community. You will get a great taste of local Japanese culture by joining this experience, plus with the chance to meet other visitors.


English-speaking instructor
Tools and ingredients to make gohei mochi


Transportation to and from the venue

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

This experience is held at the Kirira Sakashita Roadside Station, which is a service station and a rest stop. Michi-no-Eki Kirira Sakashita is accessible via car or it is a 10-minute walk from Sakashita Station on the JR Chuo Line.


This experience is unavailable on regular Japanese holidays and from December to March it is not available on both Wednesdays and Thursdays
Please bring your own apron, hand towel and cooking gloves if necessary

Cancellation Policy

Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

Gifu Prefecture is home to well-preserved historic villages, mountainous landscapes, and scenic open-air hot springs, with a proud culinary heritage spanning centuries.
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Earliest available date: July 15, 2024
¥ 3,000
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals