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YANAKA Private Walking tour & Soba buckwheat noodle making!!

by Hiroki
(9) Reviews
3h $ 77 per person

Highlights

  • 90minutes guided tour of the carefully selected highlights of YANAKA!!(cf.the later half of the video)
  • 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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Overview

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.
⚪ Nezu Shrine, Tokyo's oldest Shinto Shrine noted for its magnificent and mysterious views
Getting insight into Shinto, Japanese indigenous polytheism to make clear the mystery of their religious tolerance.
⚪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!!
⚪Others
Public bath called Sento,Museums,Japanese style coffee houses…
And,restaurants…
A bike shop within an old Japanese style house with a modern, fancy interior…

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Hiroki Licensed Guide
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Highlights

  • 90minutes guided tour of the carefully selected highlights of YANAKA!!(cf.the later half of the video)
  • 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!!)

Important

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.
1)
14:30 Walking tour start
16:00 Lesson start
17:30 Finish
2)
16:00 Walking tour start
17:30 Lesson start
19:00 Finish read more

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
Duration
3 hours
Starting time
14:30 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 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.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

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 ( 9 )
Freya Freya United Kingdom ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Shinto Shrines, Shops and Cheffing ”

This was a 3 1/2 hour tour split between interesting sights in Yanaka and a class in making Soba noodles. Our guide led us around and told us about this fascinating part of Tokyo. We got to see areas we wouldn't have thought to explore if we just went by ourselves and Hiroki had a wealth of knowledge about the local shops and shrines. After a good walk around, we arrived at the restaurant. It was just the 4 of us there, met by the restaurant chef and host. They were kind and patient and Hiroki was a great translator, helping us to get the most out of the experience. Making soba noodles was harder than it looked, but the chef was very encouraging and managed to salvage our efforts and with much encouragement the finished noodles were delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and recommen... read more

Hiroki:

Dear Freya, Thank you very much for the great review!! I'm so happy to hear that you and your family thoroughly enjoyed the tour of YANAKA and the cultural experience !! And also, I and the chef had a great and impressive time during the lesson. (Especially, your questions to the point gave us while the host explained the process of milling and shifting buckwheat berries were so impressive !!) Because, our happiest moments are when our guests enjoyed the lesson to learn about our unique food culture deeply. Thank you again and stay happy !! Hiroki

Matt Matt United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Tokyo Insider. Samurai and Iron Chef ”

I was traveling with my two daughters ages 11 and 8. It was our first time in Tokyo and we wanted to experience more than than the touristic places which we could readily have access to ourselves. Hiroki was punctual and greeted us at our hotel at 9:00 AM. We proceeded to the Imperial Palace and surrounding grounds. He provided us with an insightful background. From there he took us to the famous Tsukiji fish market. He was familiar with the entire market and gave us a brief history. He guided us to the best knife makers so that we could buy quality Japanese made cutlery knives as well. We then had lunch at one of the genuine Japanese Sushi Restaurants where you would not find too many tourists by the name of Tsukiji Sushisay. After lunch we proceeded to a Lao-do/Samurai dojo tour.... read more

Hiroki:

Matt san, Thank you very much for your detailed review as great as any despite being extremely busy !! I'm really happy to hear that you and your daughters had a great time !!(It makes me happier than anything else!!) And also, I had a great time with you and your daughters talking about not only the destinations but also many extensive topics !! (It's really perfect opportunity for me to exchange cultures, and I felt I became smarter after the tour😄 It's a memorable day for me!!) Thank you again, and I'm really looking forward to seeing you and your family !!!! Hiroki

Sarah Sarah Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Highly recommended! ”

Myself and my two boys (ages 10 & 11) spent the morning with Hiroki at the Samurai experience. He was incredibly kind and helpful. We had trouble navigating the metro system and so jumped in a taxi and Hiroki spoke to the driver on the phone and made sure we got to the right place. He translated the Samurai experience well and it has been the highlight of our trip to Tokyo so far. After the Samurai experience (which I would highly recommend - tweens and teens will love this!) we were heading to the snake cafe. By this time I was very anxious about navigating the rail system and Hiroki not only organised rail cards for us all but even accompanied us on the complicated underground rail system right to the door of the snake cafe to ensure we got there ok. Nothing was ever too much trouble and... read more

Hiroki:

Dear Sarah san, thank you very much for your heartfelt review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time. And also, I had a memorable time with you and your cute and polite sons !! Please enjoy the rest of your days in Japan. I hope to see you and your sons again.Thank you again and stay happy !!

Antony Antony New Zealand ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Iado cutting lesson ”

Great time and very interesting. Both Hiroki and the Sensei were enthusiastic and patient. We attended as a family. Myself and two girls tried the lesson - successfully too - with a nice feeling of relief and achievement. Can recommend for sure.

Hiroki:

Antony san, Thank you very much for your great review!! I'm really happy to hear that you and your family had a great time!! I and the Sensei had a great time, too!! Because, you and your daughters tried the sword testing(試し切りTameshigiri) with a focused mind to cut the rolled tatami upper layers successfully, and gave us many questions to the point during the viewing of the antique Samurai weapons exhibited in the Dojo. Moreover, all of you learned how to appreciate the beauty of the Wave-Patterns (刃文Hamon) on sword blades using the antique samurai sword to succeed in spotting the tiny martensite crystals forming the upper edge of the Hamon called Boiling(沸Nie)!! Thank you again, and please enjoy tne rest of your stay in Japan!!! Hiroki

Darren Darren Singapore ( Solo )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Trip to Ueno, Yanaka, Owl Cafe and Tokyo central ”

I really enjoyed my experience with Hiroki-san! He was patient, knowledgeable and planned the route well. He was also flexible and had a good grasp of the area. He made adjustments for bad weather swiftly as well and I really learnt a great deal about Japan history and culture with him. He also offers reasonable rates and can come on short notice. I would definitely recommend him to my friends, family and all future tourists to Tokyo!

Hiroki:

Darren san Thank you so much for your great review!! I had a really great time with you, too!! And,I'm so happy to hear your satisfaction!! Since we always do our best for your satisfaction, your great review really encourages us. Thank you again, and have a nice flight!! Hiroki