Soba-Making Lessons in Nagano

March 10th, 2017 by
Category: Cuisine, Experience, Information

Make your own delicious soba in Nagano!

Soba noodles can be eaten throughout Japan but they are especially famous in Nagano. With abundant buckwheat and fresh water from the mountains, Nagano’s artisans make simple yet incredibly aromatic soba. After a plate or two or three, you find yourself hooked on this deceptively delicious dish.

And while it’s not necessarily true that the soba you make yourself is more delicious—let’s be honest, our crudely cut soba noodles pale in comparison to a soba master’s—the experience is a whole lot of fun and makes for a great memory. There are a number of places throughout the prefecture where you can try making soba for yourself and learn to appreciate soba made by the professionals.

1. Soba Museum Tonkururin in Togakushi

Togakushi’s soba fields in early September

Togakushi is a village located on the plateau above Nagano City at an altitude of about 1,200 meters. Buckwheat thrives in the highland climate and quickly became a staple of the people who lived here. In early September, you can see fields of white buckwheat flower blossoms blooming at the base of Mt. Togakushi. Amidst this quiet, spiritual landscape is Soba Museum Tonkururin where you can make soba noodles for yourself!

A soba-making lesson at Soba Museum Tonkururin

Reservations aren’t necessary* and soba-making lessons are offered seven times a day, on the hour from 10:00 to 16:00. Each batch of soba costs between 3,490 and 4,240 yen (for one and four people).

*Necessary for 15 or more people.

Details

Address: 3018 Togakushi, Nagano-shi, Nagano-ken 380-4101
Phone: 026-254-3773
Reservations: Unnecessary
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Holidays: Closed during winter (Dec. to Mar.) & Third Wed. of each Month
Price: 3,490 to 4,240 yen per batch (for 1 to 4 people)
Access: Take the Togakushi line bus from Nagano Station and get off at the Tonkururin bus stop.

2. Hachinoko in Kitashigakogen (Near Yamanouchi)

Soba fields near Mt. Kosha in early autumn

The Kitashigakogen area is nestled between Yamanouchi, Shigakogen and Mt. Kosha, and is home to a number of ski resorts including Ryuoo Ski Park, Komaruyama and X-JAM Takai Fuji.

It is also home to a unique style of soba called “Sugakawa Soba,” which is made with buckwheat, water, and fibers from the oyama bokuchi plant. The resulting noodles have a rich buckwheat aroma and al-dente bite. At the Hachinoko lodge, you can try making this special soba yourself!

Sugakawa soba has a firm bite thanks to the oyama bokuchi plant fibers kneaded into the dough.

Soba-making lessons are 2,000 yen per person and take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Please call a day in advance for reservations. It may be possible to arrange a shuttle from Yudanaka Station for your lesson.

Details

Address: 11017 Yomase, Yamanouchi Town, Nagano Pref. 381-0405
Phone (Direct): 0269-33-6902
Yamanouchi Tourism Association: 0269-33-2138
Reservations: Necessary
Holidays: Not set
Price: 2,000 yen per person
Access: 20 min. by car/taxi from Yudanaka Station. Shuttle is possible (speak directly with Hachinoko)

3. Soba Takagi in Matsumoto

Enjoy one of Nagano’s best sights and follow up with a soba-making lesson!

If you’re visiting Matsumoto Castle, stop by Soba Takagi for a soba-making class! It’s a great activity followed by a filling meal, just minutes away from one of Nagano’s sightseeing gems.

Soba-making lessons are 3,000 yen per batch (for up to three people). A minimum of two batches are required for a lesson. Please make reservations at least one week in advance.

Soba-making at Soba Takagi

Details

Address: 3-5-12 Ote, Matsumoto City, Nagano Pref.
Phone: (0263) 32-5337
Email: info@e-takagi.net
Reservations: Necessary at least one week in advance
Holidays: Not set
Price: 3,000 yen per batch (up to 3 people); a minimum of 2 batches
Access: A 15-minute walk from Matsumoto Station

4. Shinshu Soba Kura Drive-In in Nagano City

The colorful facade of the Soba Kura Drive In

The Shinshu Soba Kura Drive-In is located in southern Nagano City just 3 minutes from the Nagano I.C. exit by car. It features carefully prepared and cultivated soba, rice and dipping sauces which can also be purchased at their shop. Enjoy soba-making in their wide-open workshop area and purchase some lovely souvenirs for the folks back home.

Soba lessons are 1,080 yen per person and for 330 yen more you can eat there. Expect to spend one hour making soba and an extra 30 minutes to eat. See their English webpage for more details.

Friendly staff teach you how to become a soba-making master.

Details

Address: 7-1 Kinebuchi-Douai, Shinonoi, Nagano City, Nagano Pref. 388-8019
Phone: 026-293-5620
Email: sobakura_shinsyu@chikaranomoto.com
Reservations: Necessary
Hours: 10:00 to 18:30
Price: 1,080 yen per person (+330 yen to eat in shop)
Access: It can reached by bus via the Matsushiro line. Get on from Nagano Station and get off at the Mizusawa-Tenkyuji stop (23 min.).

5. Miharashi Farm in Ina City

Students learn to knead buckwheat flour at Miharashi Farm’s soba-making workshop.

The Ina area in Southern Nagano is another famous soba-producing region, so much so that for a long time an Ina wife was considered to be only as good as her soba. That is no longer the case, and locals and tourists alike could use a refresher in how to knead and cut delicious soba noodles.

Miharashi Farm in the Minowa area of Ina City offers just that, and much more. With apple, blueberry, and grape orchards as well as numerous workshops and cooking lessons, this farm is a great place to polish your cooking skills with the freshest ingredients.

Soba lessons are available for 4,600 to 4,800 yen (for one to four people). Lessons are one and a half hours starting at 10:00 or 13:00. Contact them for reservations at least three days in advance.

Details

Address: 3416-1 Nishi Minowa, Ina City, Nagano Pref. 399-4501
Phone: 0265-74-1807
Email: miharasi@dia.janis.or.jp
Reservations: Necessary at least three days in advance
Holidays: Thursdays
Hours: Two lessons a day beginning at 10:00 and 13:00
Price: 4,600 yen for 1 person; 2,350 each for 2; 1,600 each for 3; 1,200 each for 4
Access: 25 min by Miharashi Farm bus from the Inashi Bus Terminal from Ina-shi Station (JR Iida Line) (or a 20 min. taxi ride)

More Info

To learn more, check out our blog post on soba noodles and Nagano area soba restaurants. If you have any questions about soba or soba-making lessons, please comment or e-mail us at go-nagano@pref.nagano.lg.jp!

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