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YANAKA Private Walking tour & Soba buckwheat noodle making!!


Tokyo
3 hours
up to 4 people
English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
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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!!

Itinerary

Feel free to personalize this offer with Hiroki.

  • 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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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.》
◆About "Soba buckwheat noodle"
Rooted in Japanese food culture(See [Soba history] below for further details), Soba noodle is served wide variety way. Served cold with a dipping sauce attached, called Mori-Soba, and served hot in a bowl with delicious broth and various kinds of toppings on it such as Tempura !! Incidentally, in Kanto region including Tokyo, the sophisticated way to enjoy Soba noodle at a Soba restaurant is to have a side dish and have a bit of Sake before enjoying the Soba noodle itself !! That's why good Soba restaurants offer delicious side dishes including Tempura !! In that sense, a Soba restaurant is the most suitable place to be immersed casually in traditional Japanese food culture. To our joy, buckwheat is nutritious and healthy because it has protein, vitamin B and a low calorie,moreover it's rich in rutin that works to thin the blood !!
◆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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Departure & Return

Starting time 14:30 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
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

Inclusions & Exclusions

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)

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

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

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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Reviews ( 36 )
4.7 (36) Reviews
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Robert Robert United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Amazing experience, thanks to an amazing guide ”

One of my favorite experiences of the entire trip. Our guide was extremely helpful and professional and the Iaido experience and master were unforgettable. I can't reccomend them both enough

Hiroki:

Dear Robert, Thank you so much for choosing our Iaido experience and giving us such a wonderful review !! (Our happiest moments are when we hear that our guests had a memorable time.) And also, I and the Iaido master had a memorable time, too!! Because, your questions gave us during the master's explanation about displayed antique Samurai weapons let us know how you are deeply interested in Samurai culture !! Thank you again, and enjoy the rest of your days in Japan !! Best regards, Hiroki

Clifford Clifford United States ( Couple )
Very Good
1 week ago

“ Historical & cultural tour of Tokyo ”

Hiroki is friendly and very knowledgeable about the shogun history of the Imperial Palace. He provided us with a folder with the tour itinerary and historical photos (3 pages) that compared historical & current day locations. Maybe he needs to revise his tour so that the tourists can reach the main gate of the Imperial Palace quicker -- too much walking for most. Hiroki offered to take many photos for us throughout his tour. Boat cruise on the Sumida River was 40 minutes to Asakusa; we walked through Nakamise Street fairly quickly. It would be better to allow tourists 15-20 minutes of free time shopping on Nakamise Street.

Hiroki:

Dear Clifford, Thank you very much for your great and helpful review for me and selecting me as a guide for your Tokyo tour to spend some precious time with your wife !! Thanks to your intellectual curiosity for Japanese culture, history and society etc., I could describe extensive informations for those and we could deepened our cultural exchange. Moreover, your highly suggestive review will improve my tour drastically !! Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your wife !! I'm waiting for both of you to come back to me in the future !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Eileen Eileen Singapore ( Family )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ 1 day tour & guide to Tokyo Disneyland ”

Hiroki was our guide for 1 day tour to Central Tokyo. We visited Imperial Palace, Ginza, Tsukiji Market Hamarikyu Gardens, waterbus cruise on Sumida River, Asakusa & Rysuseikan Dojo. We enjoyed our tour though it was a rainy day. Hiroki is a helpful guide. He gave us advice on how to travel from Narita airport to my hotel, how to come back from Disneyland & how to travel from hotel to Haneda airport. Thank you very much for your advice & help!

Hiroki:

Dear Eileen, Thank you so much for taking my tour and writing a nice review despite of an unfavorable weather such a rainy day. We took many photos but was your camera alright ? We regret that Tokyo's weather has become so unpredictable lately.... Anyway, I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour !! Particularly,Rysuseikan Dojo, the last destination seemed to be impressive. Actually, the tour of the Samurai Martial Arts training hall is a newly added tour attraction, but I was so happy to be able to watch that you and your family were all impressed to see in front of your own eyes the authentic Samurai training and antique weapons. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your husband and daughter !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Doreen Doreen United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Asakusa was fun ”

We particularly enjoyed our visit to Asakusa and the Sensoji temple where Hiroki explained how the temple came to exist. His tip about the Pasimo subway card was a useful one for we have used it even after the tour. He kindly took us back to our hotel at the end of the day even though he must have been tired as our tour was on the hottest day of the year and was patient when we had to make an unexpected stop. Thank you Hiroki.

Hiroki:

Dear Doreen, Thank you very much for such a wonderful review despite being the harsh weather !! I reflected and found that I should've increased a percentage of the indoor activities significantly. Thank you again, and please give my best regards to your family !! Yours sincerely, Hiroki

Lee-Ann Lee-Ann United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Tokyo Tour with Hiroki ”

Hiroki San was our local guide in Tokyo for 2 Days. He was excellent and cheerful throughout. Our family of 5 visited many places with Hiroki over 2 days. He planned a personalized itinerary for us. The highlights of which were a personal visit to a Samurai Dojo (Ryuseikan) and Tsukiji Markets (excellent choice for a sushi lunch as well). We absolutely recommend Hiroki as an excellent guide for all things Tokyo.

Hiroki:

Dear Lee-Ann, Thank you so much for giving me such a wonderful review !! My happiest moments are when I hear that my guests had a memorable time !! I and the Grand Master of the Samurai martial arts dojo had a memorable time, too !! Actually, the personal visit to the Dojo has just made a debut to make guests of various ages enjoy Samurai culture including warrior spirits easily after consulting it with the Grand Master. We're so moved by your family's(including 10 years boy)sincere attitude particularly during the Samurai swords appreciation lesson. I think it'd be unforgettable experience for them. And also, it's so wonderful memory for me to enjoy conversation with your cute and smart children !! Thank you again, and please give your family my best regards !! Yours sincerel... read more

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