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Special Private Tour-Soba buckwheat noodle making in Tokyo YANAKA

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《Soba buckwheat noodle making experience in YANAKA noted for its nostalgic townscape.》
【Video on the tour →
◆Details of the tour(cf.the pics displayed on slides)
40 years experienced Soba chef spoon-feeds you how to make this traditional Japanese noodle dates back to the early Edo Period!!(dough making,mixing,rolling and cutting the noodles)
This program, held in the Soba noodle restaurant of "YANAKA Soba" noted for its authentic style and great tasting, is very popular among the locals!! Since the Soba chef, owner of the "YANAKA Soba" spares nothing for a fine Soba, its work routine of making Soba begins with grinding husked buckwheat berries with stone mill. Buckwheat flour ground by stone mills will create the top quality SOBA noodle. Roller mills are usually used for making buckwheat flour,but,the heat generated by rollers rotating at high speed spoils flavor of SOBA.
That's why,the restaurant grinds buckwheat slowly and carefuly using stone mill to make great tasting SOBA flour. And,this restaurant uses only domestic buckwheat from specified buckwheat fields for its high quality. More specifically,they use the top quality husked buckwheat berries organically grown around the area of Lake Towada.(Lake Towada located on the border between Aomori and Akita prefectures in the Tohoku region.)
The skillful art of Soba noodle making using carefully made buckwheat flour makes up the great tasting Soba noodle having excellent feeling of smooth throat pass!! After making Soba noodle, you'll try your own Soba sitting comfortably in a reserved seat!! Moreover, it’s coming with complimentary two side-dishes and dessert!!
Specifically, 海老天Ebiten(Prawn deep-fried in batter), 蕎麦豆腐Soba-Dofu(Buckwheat tofu), 蕎麦アイスSoba-ice(Ice cream sprinkled with buckwheat berries) And then, your thoughts go to the history of Japanese Soba noodle relaxing in spacious place!!

◆Soba history(cf.the pics displayed on slides)
Traditionally rooted in Japanese food culture, soba noodle is served at wide variety places such as teahouses for travellers. (A pieceof Ukiyo-e (Multicolored woodblock prints) produced by Katsushika Hokusai (1760~1849) shows a scene of travellers having Soba noodle in a teahouse.)
SOBA’s cultural ties to traditional Japanese customs are evident in Toshikoshisoba eaten on new year’s eve to bring longevity and prosperity.
Delivery service called “Demae” became common till the end of the Edo Period(1603~1868).
The "Demae" skill remarkably developed until the invention of "Demae"device in the 1960's.
(Delivery staffs called Demaet-moti skillfully delivered piled up Soba boxes!!)
And now,"Demae" delivery service is practiced with motorbike equipped with the "Demae" device(1).
((1)The "Demae" device is a special rack equipped on the back of a motorbike which swings and rocks on hinges to keep the food safe during transport.)

◆ Please choose from the two sessions below!!
16:00 Lesson start
17:30 Finish
17:30 Lesson start
19:00 Finish

Course(Visiting Spots)

Learn Soba buckwheat noodle making and try your own made Soba noodle.
[The venue: Traditional Soba restaurant, ”YANAKA Soba”]

1.Tour of Soba buckwheat flour milling process
2.Experience the Soba noodle making
3.Enjoy the traditional Soba noodle meal consists of noodle made by chef and your own made one(come with complimentary two side-dishes and dessert)
4.Capture this rare and wonderful experience thoroughly!! (Commemorative photographing(dressed like a Soba chef outfit),Chef assistant or guide films all the your activity!!)

◆Additionally, if you have a time little bit more, you can enjoy other dishes for an extra charge.(But,without extra fee for guide!!)
(cf. the video on the tour)

Departure Time 3:30PM
Duration 2 hours
Number of People 2~6
Meeting Point Nezu station(Chiyoda line(Tokyo Metro)) Exit 1(5 minutes walk to the YANAKA Soba) or Your hotel in Tokyo(only the 23 wards of Tokyo)
Tour End Nezu station
What's Included Guide fee
Lesson fee(instruction by chef and assistant,ingredient etc.)
Rental outfit for Soba making
Transportation fee(guide):including hotel pick up cost
What's Excluded Transportation fee(you): From your place to Nezu station
Reservation Deadline 1 days before the tour
Others 【Important】
◆Check for availability◆
Please use the mail form on the Guide’s page to inquire about availability for your desired date and session.
And,I’ll email you a valid availability for them within 2 hours!!
  • Hiroki
  • Language:English
  • Interpreter Guide Number:EN00962
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Tour Fee

  • US$52 per person

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