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Private Soba buckwheat noodle making & Walking tour in YANAKA

by Hiroki
(4) Reviews
3h $ 75 per person


  • 90minutes guided tour of the carefully selected highlights of YANAKA!!(cf.the video of
  • Tour of Soba buckwheat flour milling process
  • Experience the Soba noodle making [dough making,mixing,rolling and cutting the noodles] (cf.the pics displayed on slides)
  • 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)
  • Capture this rare and wonderful experience thoroughly!!(Commemorative photographing(dressed like a Soba chef outfit), Chef assistant or guide films all the your activity!!)
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74.80 USD

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Learn Soba buckwheat noodle making and try your own made Soba noodle.
[The venue: Traditional Soba restaurant, ”やなか蕎麦YANAKA Soba” in YANAKA]
40 years experienced Soba chef, the restaurant’s owner spoon-feeds you!!(dough making,mixing,rolling and cutting the noodles) Additionally,this hands-on workshop come with 90minutes guided tour of the carefully selected highlights of YANAKA!!

What to Expect

★See the video above to know what to expect in this tour before anything else!!★
《Soba noodle making experience & walking tour in YANAKA noted for its nostalgic townscape.》
◆Details of Soba noodle making (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 "やなか蕎麦YANAKA Soba" noted for its authentic style and great tasting, is very popular among the locals!!
Since the Soba chef, owner of the "やなか蕎麦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(※)!!
(※)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]
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!!(See pics and video))
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.)

《90minutes guided tour of the carefully selected highlights of YANAKA!!》(See the video)
Before participating the Soba noodle making lesson, you can enjoy the walking tour of Temple Town YANAKA.
⚪Tsuiji-Bei, a wall of Kannon-ji temple that remains from the Edo Period
This wall remains from the Edo Period invite you to slip back in time to the Samurai period!!
You'll find other walls along temples, where you can feel the nostalgic air of the good old days.
⚪Many temples with historical background and YANAKA Cemetery
[Zenshoan temple]
Zenshoan temple is my favorite one, because this beautiful temple was founded by Yamaoka Tessyu(1836~1888)called"The Last Samurai", and he rest here!!
He was the Shogunate retainer, who played an important role in the Meiji Restoration(1868). He is also noted as the founder of the Itto Shoden Muto-ryu school of swordsmanship.
He’s real last Samurai!!
[Choanji temple]
This Choanji temple has the grave of Kano Hogai(1828~1888).
He was a 19th-century Japanese painter of the Kano school originated in the 15th century. One of the last of the Kano painters, Hogai's works reflect the deep traditions of the school. He's said to be "The last successor of the Kano school"!! (His most notable work, "Hibo Kannon", 1888 (Tokyo Art University))
[YANAKA Cemetery commands a distance view of the Tokyo Skytree]
With leafy trees, shrubs and flowers along the stone paths, this spacious cemetery feels more like a scenic park!!
Amongst the more than 7,000 souls that rest here are a great number of famous historical figures,such as Japan's last Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu(1837~1913).
He was the very last Shogun who greatly contributed to the bloodless surrender of Edo castle, and also worshipped by many people for his great decision as the head of Samurai class.
⚪Shitamachi Museum Annex (Former YOSHIDAYA Liquor Shop)
⚪Many traditional shops with nostalgic air
Many antiques and folk crafts shops full of refinement and elegance!!
Book shop,Shodo materials shop, Writing brushes and pigment for Japanese paint…
Japanese paper with colored figures called "Chiyogami"
Traditional Japanese sweets…
And,lucky cat shop!!(People have made positive effort not only to prevent evil but also to bring happiness.
Maneki neko or "a beckoning cat"(a.k.a. lucky cat) have been created as symbol of happiness!!
Public bath called Sento,Museums,Japanese style coffee houses…
A bike shop within an old Japanese style house with a modern, fancy interior…

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  • 90minutes guided tour of the carefully selected highlights of YANAKA!!(cf.the video of
  • Tour of Soba buckwheat flour milling process
  • Experience the Soba noodle making [dough making,mixing,rolling and cutting the noodles] (cf.the pics displayed on slides)
  • 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)
  • Capture this rare and wonderful experience thoroughly!!(Commemorative photographing(dressed like a Soba chef outfit), Chef assistant or guide films all the your activity!!)


Thursday is not available.

Please send me message for inquiry about availability for activities regardless of the Availability Calendar.

◆Check for availability
Thank you for your interest in booking my tour!!
Please use the mail form ”contact Hiroki” above to inquire about availability for your desired date and session. And,I’ll email you a valid availability for them within 2 hours!!
☆The lesson itself lasts approximately 70 minutes. Duration of walking tour includes moving time from the last point of walking tour to the Venue(7 minutes walk) and time to change your clothes.
[Schedule] Please choose from the two sessions below.
14:30 Walking tour start
16:00 Lesson start
17:30 Finish
16:00 Walking tour start
17:30 Lesson start
19:00 Finish
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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 not included
Transportation fee(you)
Meeting Point
Nezu station(Chiyoda line), Sendagi station(Chiyoda line), Nippori station(JR), Your hotel in Tokyo(only the 23 wards of Tokyo)
Ending Point
YANAKA Soba(5 minutes walk to Nezu station), Nezu station
3 hours
Starting time
14:30 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 people

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

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Can I add more people to my booking?

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Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 4 )
Christina Christina Australia ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ A personalised 1-1 tour with a private session with a Sensei ”

A TRULY MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE! Starting with a hotel pick up, walk to the train station to experience Japan’s amazingly complex and efficient metro train system which led us to a walk on a non-descript Tokyo street off the touristy track. The Iaido experience was more than wielding a historic and genuine katana against a tatami roll. Coming into this with an interest in history, military heritage, blades and forging, it was the 1-on-1 conversations with Sensei Sakaguchi that made it special. The highlight was to be able to touch swords, armour and other weaponry centuries old, including pre-Edo period pieces that had seen actual battle. Hiroko translated beautifully and also took some amazing photos. His passion, interest and pride in his heritage really came through. Memory for a lifetim... read more


Dear Christina san Thank you very much for your wonderful review !! I’m really happy to hear that it became a memory of your lifetime!! (Those words make me happier than anything else!!) Sensei Sakaguchi always considers how to tailor the most favorable experience to suit each participant’s own needs. That’s why this tour takes the form of a private session with a Sensei focusing on the 1-on-1 conversations with him.(In the case of your session, it’s particularly focused on the appreciation of Japanese swords such as examining of the shape of the blade, appreciating the beauty of the Wave-Patterns called Hamon, etc., since it seemed that you’re very much interested in Japanese swords.) So, I’m very much looking forward to seeing you when you visit Tokyo again. Thank you very much aga... read more

James James Japan ( Family )
2 months ago

“ Exciting and interesting Iaido experience. ”

I booked Hiroki for an Iaido experience for my brother. Hiroki picked us up at a nearby Tokyo Metro station and took us to the dojo where we were introduced to the Iaido sensei. Hiroki was friendly, and extremely accommodating and translated both ways effortlessly. The experience was fantastic, I only watched and I enjoyed it thoroughly. My brother couldn't stop talking about it for the rest of his trip in Japan. The Iaido sensei is about a good at his craft as anyone can ever be. He teaches you how to use the katana to cut through a rolled mat in one cut, all the while Hiroki is translating to make sure there are no misunderstandings. Hiroki seemed very knowledgeable about the ancient Japanese martial art, and added thoroughly to the intrigue. Upon finishing the 1hr 30mins experience Hir... read more


James san Thank you very much for giving me such a wonderful review!! I'm so happy to hear that your brother had a really great time and it became memorable experience!! And also, it's a great experience for me and the Iaido master, Sakaguchi sensei. (He's so happy to hear your review, too) Thank you again, and I'm looking forward to seeing you someday!! Hiroki

George George United States ( Family )
4 months ago

“ Great Introduction to Iado ”

My son and I spent a thoroughly enjoyable morning with Mr. Hiroki and the Headmaster of the dojo learning about iado and samurai armor. The Headmaster demonstrated several impressive kata and was a patient teacher. Mr. Hiroki did an excellent job of translating for us. If you are interested in a hands-on introduction to iado, I would recommend the experience.


Dear George-san, Thank you very much for writing such a good review of my translation and the Headmaster!! I'm really happy to hear that you and your son had a great time during the lesson!! And, such your deep appreciation of Headmaster’s sincere attitude to spare nothing for the spread of the Samurai Culture make me so happy too!! Actually, as he already sensed your appreciation during the lesson, he described about the old saying "Ken wa hito nari" (generally being translated as "The sword is in the man",in this case, meaning "Sword represents the bearer's mental aspect" as I translated) to mention about your intelligence!! That's why both the Headmaster and I had a great time too!! I hope you'll come back to Japan with your son someday!! Hiroki

Stéphane Stéphane Japan ( Solo )
7 months ago

“ Kyudo shopping ”

Hiroki san helped me to do shopping for kyudo (Japanese bow) in Tokyo. As he was not a specialist, his own sister who knew better came to help. With them I found all what I was looking for. Hiroki san was really dedicated to help me. I had a very good time with him and his sister. I highly recommend him. Signed : Stéphane from France.


Thank you very much for the highly rated review!! My sister and I had a great time with authentic archer full with wonderful spirit like you!!(It's so impressive time for us to talk about the mental aspect of Japanese archery with you!!) It's an honor for me to help the top level Kyudo archer participating World Kyudo championships to purchase the special equipment and clothes for Kyudo archery!! As usual, I made an elaborate preparation taking as much time as I can for the entertainment of you from France all the way considering your precious time in Japan, however I didn't have a confidence to do well as it's first time for me to do this kind of thing. But, I'm so happy to hear your satisfaction!! Thank you again, my sister and I pray for the success of the world championships... read more

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