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Nagano Farm Stay: Frozen Food Culture in Yamaura Village

ID
502
Food Tours
Stay at a traditional farmhouse in Nagano and learn about the frozen cuisine of Yamaura Village from local producers and village grannies! (Eat! Meet! Japan Silver Award 2020)
2 days
Japanese, English
Highlights
Stay in a centuries-old Japanese farmhouse
Cook traditional recipes with locals
Learn how tofu is made and try soy-based dishes
Visit a local kanten farm and find out how this jelly-like ingredient is made
ID
502
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Located in the foothills of the Yatsugatake Mountains, the idyllic Yamaura village is just the place for an authentic farm stay in Japan, with its traditional architecture and deep culinary practices. The local food culture in Yamaura works in harmony with nature and even embraces the glacial winters when temperatures drop far below freezing. Here, visitors can see firsthand how the area’s distinctive wintertime products such as frozen tofu, daikon, and kanten are made. Learning directly from the local artisans themselves, see step by step how tofu and the jelly-like kanten are produced; then, join a cooking session with the kindly village grannies who will teach you their recipes for home-cooked dishes. On day one, guests will visit Sennen Tofu, a family-run business that produces the area’s specialty frozen tofu. You’ll get the chance to taste the local cuisine: soy-based dishes like frozen tofu hotpot, okara salad, and an agar dessert made with soymilk. Then, you’ll get settled in at the farmhouse, which balances centuries-old architecture with the comforts of the 21st century. Around dinnertime, the local grannies will teach you how to whip up a tasty meal, using frozen daikon, frozen tofu, and kanten. Day two starts with a tasty breakfast (either ordered from a local restaurant or made yourself using ingredients from local producers -- your choice). Then, you’ll travel to a local kanten farm where you’ll get an inside look into its production process, from boiling the seaweed to cutting the jelly-like “namaten.” The warmth and kindness of the local producers and grannies is sure to beat the cold of winter in Nagano!
Inclusions
Overnight stay at a farmhouse
Frozen tofu making experience
Kanten farm tour
Cooking class with local grandmas
Breakfast (optional)
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Meet at JR Chino Station
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