Marvelous Matsumoto: Soba-Making, Wasabi, & Asama Onsen Tour

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Duration
4 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 6 guests
Language
English
Make Japanese soba noodles with a master, enjoy a handmade soba lunch, try fresh wasabi, & explore Asama Onsen Town in Matsumoto.
Highlights
Soba-making lesson & a handmade lunch with a soba master
Wasabi experience: Learn about, grate, & try fresh wasabi sourced from local farms
Tour of the historic Asama Onsen district
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Discover the people, places, and flavors of Matsumoto, a picturesque region in Nagano Prefecture. During this experience, you’ll learn how to craft perfect soba noodles alongside a master soba maker, then enjoy your handmade meal. From here, fresh wasabi awaits! Grate and try the freshest wasabi in town, sourced from local farms. Post-wasabi, explore the historic Asama Onsen district and refuel with an authentic Japanese meal. Experience flow: Learn how to make Japanese soba noodles from an expert Enjoy your handmade soba for lunch Grind and try fresh wasabi Explore historic Asama Onsen Town Buckwheat Bliss: Discover the age-old tradition of soba noodle-making in Matsumoto! Under the guidance of a seasoned soba master, you'll gain insight into the culinary artistry, precision knife techniques, and discipline that go into creating this beloved dish. And the best part? You get to savor your soba creations at the end, proving that nothing tastes better than the fruits of your labor. Optional Sake Tasting: Before indulging in your handmade soba, partake in a unique tradition called "soba-mae" (literally translating to "before soba"), which involves tasting some of the region's best local sake, you guessed it, before eating your soba. The Real Wasabi Experience: Wasabi, a quintessential element in Japanese cuisine, is often enjoyed with soba and sushi. Forget the store-bought versions; here, you'll discover the true essence of wasabi. Grate fresh wasabi from local farms and experience its spicy yet nuanced flavors. Explore Historic Asama Onsen: Step back in time as you explore the historic streets of Asama Onsen, a village with a rich heritage dating back to the 17th century. Initially popularized by a Matsumoto Castle lord, this village boasts numerous onsen (hot springs) that continue to attract visitors seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. Enjoy a soothing foot onsen in the healing onsen waters during your visit.
Inclusions
English-speaking guide
Soba noodle-making experience & lunch with a soba master
Wasabi tasting experience
Exclusions
Miscellaneous fees during the experience, meal additions; snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
Transportation to/from Asama-Onsen
Insurance; Travel Insurance, Private Insurance, etc.
Sake tasting experience; please consult the menu on site
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Asama-Onsen
Remarks
Guests must be aged 20 years+ to participate in the sake tasting due to the legal drinking age in Japan
Children are welcome to join this experience

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Home to several of Japan’s highest mountains, discover the many secrets of Nagano; from world-class pistes to villages frozen in time, and even a troop of hot-tub loving monkeys!
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Earliest available date: February 28, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals