1-DAY MATSUMOTO CASTLE & FOOD EXPERIENCE TOUR

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  • 1-DAY MATSUMOTO CASTLE & FOOD EXPERIENCE TOUR
  • 1-DAY MATSUMOTO CASTLE & FOOD EXPERIENCE TOUR
  • 1-DAY MATSUMOTO CASTLE & FOOD EXPERIENCE TOUR
  • 1-DAY MATSUMOTO CASTLE & FOOD EXPERIENCE TOUR
  • 1-DAY MATSUMOTO CASTLE & FOOD EXPERIENCE TOUR
  • 1-DAY MATSUMOTO CASTLE & FOOD EXPERIENCE TOUR

Highlights

  • Experience Japan and Nagano’s renowned food culture, starting with a visit to the beautiful Daio Wasabi Farm where you can stroll and pick your own ‘wasabi’, and challenge your perceptions of this subtle and versatile plant
  • Learn to make ‘soba’ (buckwheat noodles) with a guided lesson and lunch, where you’ll put your handpicked wasabi to immediate and delicious use!
  • Visit of the region’s oldest and most renowned ‘sake’ breweries, Kametaya and enjoy a guided tour of the brewery and guided tasting
  • Explore Matsumoto Castle, a registered National Treasure and one of the last remaining castles in Japan

Contents

PeriodAll Year Round
Duration1 Day
DestinationDaio Wasabi Farm in Azumino Soba-Making venue in Azumino Kametaya Sake Brewery in Matsumoto Matsumoto Castle in Matsumoto
Start / EndNagano Station / Nagano Station
RegionsCentral Japan
OperatorSnow Monkey Resorts

Description:

Japan’s food culture is renowned throughout the world and as one of the country’s primary agricultural regions, there’s no better place to get hands-on and indulge in the local cuisine than Nagano!

Starting at JR Nagano Station at 8:45 (the guide will be there from 8:30), your guide will quickly have you on your way toward Azumino, a beautiful rural area in the valley below the dramatic Northern Alps (or Hida Mountains). First stop is Daio Wasabi Farm, to enjoy (and perhaps be surprised!) by the subtlety of flavor and versality of use for real wasabi. This beautiful farm is as famous for its serene setting – featured in the Kurosawa Akira film ‘Dreams’ – as it is for the peppery flavor of its wasabi. You’ll have the chance to stroll and pick your own wasabi, and if so inclined, try wasabi chocolate, ice cream, or even beer!


With wasabi in-hand you next head for lunch and hands-on experience of soba-making. Soba (buckwheat noodles) are synonymous with the region and satisfying to make for yourself. Putting your fresh wasabi to use, you will be guided through kneading, rolling, and cutting your own noodles before combining them with your freshly grated wasabi.


After a satisfying lunch you will head to Kametaya Brewery, to sample yet another of Nagnao’s most acclaimed products, sake. As Japanese most famous drink, the world of sake is complex and steeped in history which is best experienced right where it’s produced, at one of the region’s oldest and most acclaimed breweries. You will tour the historic buildings before enjoying a guided tasting experience.


The final stop of the tour takes you to Matsumoto and its iconic castle. Over 400 years old and a registered National Treasure, Matsumoto Castle of one Nagano’s most impressive cultural sites, known for its structural beauty and splendid mountain backdrop. You will be guided into the castle grounds as your guide reveals the history and features which make it so lauded, before giving you time to explore for yourself (including ascending all the way to the top of its six storeys, should you choose to!).

Meeting-up with your guide will then board the tour bus and begin your journey back toward Nagano, with the tour schedule to conclude where it began, at JR Nagano Station, between 18:00 and 18:30.

Itinerary

  • 08:45 Meet-up with the guide at JR Nagano Station
    08:45 Meet-up with the guide at JR Nagano Station

    Starting at JR Nagano Station at 8:45 (the guide will be there from 8:30), your guide will quickly have you on your way toward Azumino, a beautiful rural area in the valley below the dramatic Northern Alps.

  • 10:15 Arrive at Daio Wasabi Farm
    10:15 Arrive at Daio Wasabi Farm

    First stop is Daio Wasabi Farm, to enjoy (and perhaps be surprised!) by the subtlety of flavor and versatility of use for real wasabi. This beautiful farm is as famous for its serene setting – featured in the Kurosawa Akira film ‘Dreams’ – as it is for the peppery flavor of its wasabi.

  • 11:00 Depart Daio Wasabi Farm

    With wasabi in-hand you next head for lunch and hands-on experience of soba-making. ‘Soba’ (buckwheat noodles) is synonymous with the region and very satisfying to make for yourself!

  • 11:30 Soba-making experience and lunch
    11:30 Soba-making experience and lunch

    You will be guided through kneading, rolling, and cutting your own noodles before combining them with your freshly grated wasabi.

  • 13:30 Head towards the 3rd activity of the day Kametaya Sake Brewery

    After lunch you will head to Kametaya Brewery to sample yet another of Nagano’s most acclaimed products, ‘sake’.

  • 14:15 Sake Brewery
    14:15 Sake Brewery

    As Japan’s most famous drink, the world of sake is complex and steeped in history which is best experienced right where it’s produced, at one of the region’s oldest and most acclaimed breweries. You will tour the historic family homestead before enjoying a guided tasting experience.

  • 15:15 Head to Matsumoto Castle
    15:15 Head to Matsumoto Castle

    The final stop of the tour takes you to Matsumoto City and its famous castle. Your guide will first take you along ‘Kaeru Michi’ or ‘Frog Street’.

  • 15:45 Arrive at Matsumoto Castle
    15:45 Arrive at Matsumoto Castle

    More than 400 years old and a registered National Treasure, Matsumoto Castle is one of Nagano’s most impressive cultural sites, known for its structural beauty set against a splendid mountain backdrop. You will be guided into the castle grounds as your guide reveals the history and features which make it so lauded, before giving you time to explore for yourself (including ascending all the way to the top of its six storeys, should you choose to!).

  • 16:45 Begin you journey back to Nagano

    Meeting-up with your guide you will board the tour bus and begin your journey back toward Nagano, with the tour schedule to conclude where it began, at JR Nagano Station between 18:00 and 18:30.

  • 18:00-18:30 End of the tour

    Tour concludes at JR Nagano Station.

Meeting Place

Nagano Station - At the Information Board across from the Shinkansen exit gates

Inclusions:

  • Transportation from Nagano Station to Matsumoto Castle, other attractions, and back to Nagano Station
  • Entry to Daio Wasabi Farm including wasabi-picking
  • Soba-making experience including lunch
  • Sake tasting
  • Entry to Matsumoto Castle
  • English-speaking guide

Exclusions:

  • Additional food, snacks, and drinks
  • Bullet train tickets

Other Information

  • Infants (0-5) are free of charge (lunch is not included for infants. Please order directly to the restaurant according to your needs).
  • Confirmation email of your reservation will be sent to you within 48 hours after booking.
  • Please wear suitable shoes for walking.
  • The itinerary is based on the traffic conditions being optimal. We will adjust the schedule according to traffic conditions and pace of the group on the day of the tour.