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YANAKA Private Walking tour & Soba buckwheat noodle making!!

by Hiroki
(31) Reviews
3h $ 79 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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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.

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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 ( 31 )
David David Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
13 hours ago

“ Great Guide with excellent knowledge of Tokyo ”

We had a great afternoon with Hiroki who was very professional and very patient with us as our plane was delayed by 90 minutes so are meeting time was deferred. Hiroki adopted our initial brief to fit our revised timeframe. This started with an introduction to the extensive Metro system to buy tickets for us to use for the next three days. Our tour included the area around the old fish market and its many streets and stalls and an excellent sushi place for lunch. we also visited the Imperial Palace and Yanaka. Hiroki answered all our questions ( even the silly ones) and paced the tour to suit our walking speeds and the time even extended past the planned finishing time. Hiroki -Thanks for great afternoon from David and Margaret ( Australia).

Hiroki:

Dear David, Thank you very much for giving me such a wonderful review !! I'm so glad to hear that the tour was a satisfying one including selected destinations and walking speed for you and your wife !! (Actually, I concerned about your physical conditions as it's just after 11 hs flight!!) And also, I really had a great time with nice couple , and it became really memorable tour for me !! Thank you again, and please give your wife my best regards. Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Stephen Stephen United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ One of the best! ”

There is no question that Hiroki is one of the best private guides in Tokyo! He was on-time, courteous, friendly, knowledgable, and organized. Hiroki patiently entertained my questions about Japanese history, culture, religion, and cuisine. I have plans to return to Japan with my family and will make sure to request Hiroki as our guide. I am confident that you will not be disappointed spending a day with Hiroki.

Hiroki:

Dear Stephen, Thank you very much for giving me such a wonderful review!! I really had a great time with you as your extensive questions to the point fullfilled my tour !! Thank you again, and I'm really looking forward to seeing you and your family !! Best regards, Hiroki

Maria Maria United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ This is a must do! ”

It was such a wonderful and memorable day spent with Hirokisan. Hirokisan is a fountain of knowledge, not just about samurais, but Japanese history in general. He taught us SO MUCH, from cemeteries to katanas to samurais to dry moats to the Jomon period, and everything in between. Hirokisan made our last day in Japan very special and he is a consummate professional from beginning to end. You have to book this tour, it is unforgettable. Hirokisan, we thank you so much!!!

Hiroki:

Dear Maria, Thank you very for such a wonderful review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time !! And also, I really had a memorable time with you and your husband. Especially, your unexpected but significant questions led me to realize many things related to cultural differences. (I also really enjoyed cultural exchange!!) Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your husband !! Hiroki

Kim Kim United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Iaido tour ”

Hiroki was amazing. Our train in was delayed an hour but he was able to rearrange things so we could continue with our tour. He was s kind and very easy to understand. We had many tours and guides over our two week vacation but Hiroki was the best!!!! We hope to have him again in the future. He also brought us to and fro the event. He even went out of his way to bring back some items to the school that we had brought. He went out his way to help us and was so sincere.

Hiroki:

Dear Kim, Thank you so much for such a wonderful review!! My happiest moments are when I hear that my customers had a memorable time!! I had a great time with you and your family too!! (Having conversations with all of you was really fun.) Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your family!! Hiroki

Michael Michael United States
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Wonderful guide!! ”

Hiroki was a very knowledgeable person and excellent translator!

Hiroki:

Dear Michael, Thank you very much for posting wonderful review!! I really appreciate it. I'm so encouraged. I had a really great time with you and your team members, too!! And, your questions to the point activated my brain!!! Thank you again, and please give your team members my best regards. Hiroki

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