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Even within the Yatsugatake-Nanroku area, the town of Kobuchizawa is known as a fashionable town that stands above the rest. From the olden days, it was referred to as the Horse Town, and is one of the few horse riding towns in the nation. With Art Museums and Resort Outlets galore, it is also gaining immense population as a tourist destination. And within that popular area, a place where most travelers stop by is the Michi-no-eki-Kobuchisawa, aka the Kobuchisawa roadside rest area.

The Kobuchisawa roadside rest area has a variety of things to offer. From Natural Hot Springs and farmers markets, to gift shops and restaurants filled lavishly with local foods. Furthermore, there are also the “Experience Workshops” where you can enjoy a hands on experience of a multitude of different things. And on top of that there are accommodation facilities with easy access right nearby. The Kobuchisawa roadside rest area is a fun location that both children and adults can spend the whole day enjoying.

Within those great attractions, especially popular is the “local Kobuchisawa” Soba making experience which we will introduce to you today!

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▲ Opening after renovations in May of 2019, it certainly gave off a sparkling new feel. Inside was the Enmei Soba Dokoro and their soba making workshop. Here customers can learn how to make Soba noodles first hand! (Reservations are required for the workshop).

On top of offering the soba making workshop, it is also a regular sit-down restaurant and all the noodles prepared were made in house. And with the kitchen only being separated by a plane of glass, you can actually see the noodles as they are prepared for the day! Today's entry will focus on the workshop offered by this restaurant.

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▲Beginners welcome! While being guided by the instructions of a well- seasoned Chef, we had a wonderful first experience making soba.
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▲ After washing our hands and putting on our aprons we were taught carefully about how soba is prepared. As you can tell from the picture, everyone listened so diligently!

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▲ We all made sure to carefully measure the amount of flour and water. The amount of water can severely impact the success of your soba noodles, and depending on that days weather, temperature and humidity it seems the amount needs to be adjusted.

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▲ Here we are kneading the soba dough. While checking both the hardness and the clumping of the dough we often had to add more water for adjustments.
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▲ Putting all of our strength into it, we then began to form the shape of the noodles. Once the noodles reached a certain degree of hardness, we moved over to the chopping board and began a kneading method called “Kiku-neri”.

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▲ Next, we took the shape that we kneaded, we then began to spread it out with our hands. This process involves forming the shape with the flour many times, and then spreading it out again with the flat of your palms.
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▲ Folding up the flattened out material, we then proceeded to cut out the individual noodles so that each and every strand was exactly the same width. This was surprisingly a very difficult task!

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▲ Once we finish cutting up all the noodles our work here is done. All that is left is to ask the shop staff to boil the noodles for us. From start to finish, the whole process took about an hour. 

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▲ The soba has finished boiling! They looked so good, you would’ve never thought they were made by beginners!

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▲ We had ours together with Tempura, we also had a traditional Japanese Youkan for dessert and were surprised to learn that it was made with the same water used to boil our noodles.
The taste of soba made by your own hands truly has a special flavor.
We very much recommend stopping on by the Kobuchisawa roadside rest area and experience this unique flavor for yourself!

Michino-eki Kobuchisawa

2981-1 Kobuchisawacho, Hokuto, Yamanashi 408-0044
Tel: 0551-36-3280
Fax: 0551-36-3282

About a 30 minute walk from Kobuchisawa Sta.(5 mins by taxi)
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Spatio Workshop Kitchen (reservations for the soba workshop made here)

There are 13 different experiences to choose from!
Reception hours: 10:00 - 16:00
Hours: 10:00 - 17:00
Phone: 0551-36-6121
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Enmei Soba Dokoro (Soba making experience) 

Hours: 11:00 - 16:00(15:30 Last Order)

※Soba making experience:
Opened 05/07/19 closed Sat. Sun. and holidays.
One hour period between 10:00 - 14:00 each day(Reservations only)

Soba making workshop & meal set cost
1~2 people 4,800JPY
3+ 1,600JPY×number of people

「Workshop Time」1hr.+Meal time 30mins.
For groups of 10+ we also have a meal course that comes with Tempura at 2,500JPY
For those wanting to experience making soba, reservations are required.

Published on

  • August 23, 2019


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