Soba Noodles Making Class Near Karuizawa Station (Nagano)

Organized by Takaaki Yamada
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Duration
2 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 32 guests
Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible, Stroller Accessible, Family-friendly
Language
Chinese, Japanese, English
Other
Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian
Next to Karuizawa Station, you’ll find a unique soba noodles making workshop where you can make noodles the traditional way, and enjoy them served with fresh tempura.
Highlights
Learn to make authentic soba noodles from scratch with friendly local instructors in this class in Nagano Prefecture, said to be the birthplace of soba in Japan
Enjoy a fun and interactive cooking atmosphere while learning to master soba noodle making with tips and guidance from your hosts who are experts in the craft
Taste the soba noodles of your own making served with seasonal tempura in a uniquely Shinshu-style arrangement
Don’t worry if you can’t finish your noodle dish! You’ll get to take home any leftovers to relish their delicious flavor after the experience.
Convenient location less than 5 minutes walk from Karuizawa Station in Nagano! Bask in Karuizawa's lush nature, just a little over an hour away from Tokyo.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Many regions boast of their specialty soba noodle dishes, but few can compete with Nagano Prefecture. According to Japanese mythology, soba was first cultivated in Japan in the ancient province of Shinshu (current-day Nagano), where high-quality buckwheat is still produced. For this reason, no visit to Nagano is complete without trying its famously aromatic soba noodles or, even better, learning to make them yourself! Making soba noodles from scratch isn’t as easy as it may seem. Buckwheat flour makes the noodles brittle, so including the right balance of wheat and buckwheat flour, knowing the cooking temperature and boiling time proves essential. Thankfully, your hosts are soba noodle experts who will guide you every step of the way while ensuring a fun cooking atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. Itinerary: -Arrive at the venue, greet your instructors, and change into soba-making attire. -Make soba noodles! You’ll start by mixing flour and water, then knead, roll, and cut the noodles. Your instructor will boil them once they are ready. -Eat a delicious dish with freshly boiled noodles and seasonal tempura in a uniquely Shinshu-style arrangement. You can take home any leftover noodles you don’t eat onsite. Karuizawa is a rising destination prized for its natural beauty and unique atmosphere. Directly accessible from Tokyo in a little over an hour by the Hokuriku Shinkansen, Karuizawa is a popular option to enjoy some of Western Japan’s most pristine and elegant offerings.
Inclusions
All ingredients and utensils to make soba noodles and seasonal tempura
An original tenugui Japanese towel
Rental cooking attire
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the venue
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The venue is inside Prince Shopping Plaza New West, 5 min on foot from Karuizawa Station in Nagano. More detailed information and a Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
Remarks
If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please specify so at the time of booking. This class can accommodate vegan, vegetarian and pescetarian requests.
The host’s English is limited, but there will be written instructions and videos in the languages for which the experience is available.
All the members of one group will receive materials in the same language.
Please note that this experience takes place on the second floor of a building, and the venue can only be accessed by stairs (no elevator or escalator is available).
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 3 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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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: May 26, 2024
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (3 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals