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See two of the top attractions near Nagano on this 8-hour excursion, including a visit to the area’s famous snow monkeys and a stop at the serene Zenko-ji temple. Travel along a beautiful forest trail to the home of the snow monkeys of Jigokudani, a group of local macaques known for their willingness to live in the snow and bathe in the local hot spring. Then, enjoy a break for a tasty lunch before continuing to the tranquil grounds of Zenko-ji, a lovely religious site known for its historic Buddhist statue. Finally, indulge in a sake tasting nearby, for a taste of Nagano.
With this tour you will be able to learn how to make your very own Soba noodles. You will be taught the basics of making soba, afterwards a professional soba chef will instruct you on making your soba. From creating the dough to cutting the dough into noodle slices, you will be able to experience what the soba chef does for a living. Of course after all your hard work, you will be able to eat your very own masterpiece.
Learn to make soba noodles from scratch at a Nagano cooking class that includes a traditional meal. You’ll knead, roll out, and cut the dough for soba noodles, then eat them alongside pickled nozawana, spicy daikon radish, and chestnut ‘ohagi,’ a rice ball with sweetened sesame or soybean flour. By preparing soba noodles from fresh dough, you’ll learn essential techniques for recreating soba noodle dishes at home.
Discover the nooks and crannies of the city. In order to make your visit of Matsumoto as pleaseant and interesting as possible, you can choose a personalized guided tour of the city with an English/French speaking guide living in Matsumoto.You will have the possibility to personalize your itinerary according to your desires and the places that you wish to visit, or simply follow the course that your guide will have prepared, depending on your interests and the spots you would like to see.More than just a guide, this is an opportunity to share a unique and enjoyable moment, both informative and useful, during your stay in Matsumoto!
Soba is one of Japan’s most popular dishes—delicious noodles made from buckwheat flour. On this tour, learn to make soba noodles from scratch, from kneading and rolling the dough, to cutting and cooking the noodles. Pick up expert tips and techniques from your instructor, then sit down to enjoy a homecooked lunch including soba noodles and other delicacies such as ‘Ohagi’ (rice balls), ‘Kakiage’ (vegetable tempura), and walnut sauce.
Learn to make the perfect cup of coffee during this small-group workshop in Karuizawa. Discover the roasting process of coffee beans and use those beans to make your own coffee using the pour-over brewing method, which has been used in Japan for many years. Take home any residual beans that you’ve roasted and learn tips and tricks from your host to ensure you always get a perfect cup of joe.
Oyaki is a type of dumpling from the Nagano prefecture in Japan filled with a variety of ingredients and enjoyed during the winter months. Step into a local store and learn to make this delicious comfort food from start to finish with the help of an expert Oyaki-maker. Create your own flavors of Oyaki and then enjoy the fruits of your labor along with pickles and miso soup.
Perfect for those who want to visit the best known regions of Japan.Our tour is designed for people who want to see the most popular places of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima, as well as the opportunity to visit the traditional and authentic places: Kanazawa, Takayama and Matsumoto.
Experience the best of Japan - the thrill of deep powder, the beauty of an unique culture, and the fun of a great guided tour.Enjoy some of the most amazing snow on planet earth, stay in a truly authentic Japanese ski village where you are the minority, visit mom and pop restaurants and mix with the locals, be entertained by Geisha, Taiko Drum, Shimansen Guitar, Lion Dance and Karate performances, visit the world famous Snow Monkeys, walk through ancient castles, temples and shrines and relax in natural hot pools. Where other companies may talk up the cultural aspects of Japan we include them in our tours so you get a truly authentic Japanese ski experience. And best of all you get to share this all with a group of like minded ski and snowboard enthusiasts, all hosted by instructor/guides who are just plain passionate about what they do for you as our testimonials attest to. And don’t forget our hidden gems that we leave as a surprise for you on your journey with us at JPC Tours.