[Experience] Experience home cooking in Tokamachi with local moms!

Cooking Culture Tradition
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Learn to cook traditional local dishes through the guidance of local moms!

Tokamachi and Uonuma in Niigata Prefecture are regarded as areas with heavy snowfall. Before the use of snow removal equipment and systems, the city is covered in snow and closed for nearly five months in a year. One of the distinct food culture of this region is the various effort to preserve the bounty of the mountains gathered from spring to autumn and stored as salted, dried and fermented, in order to survive the long winter when there is no harvest.

Moreover, the land is surrounded by the Shinano river (the longest river in Japan) and the mountains have abundant water and people had been receiving blessings from nature such as edible wild plants, nuts and fish every season since the Jomon period. The abundant water and the temperature difference during the seasons make this area suitable for rice production hence, the lands have been actively cultivated with rice and vegetables.

Many families who live here use the land near where they live to grow vegetables. Most of the time, their harvests are more than enough for them to consume!

Nowadays, most ingredients are available anywhere in Japan at any time but the ingredients used in this cooking session are seasonal ingredients such as freshly picked vegetables and edible wild plants, flavored with local seasonings and cooked in traditional methods that make it a special feast to be enjoyed in this area only and at a specific period.

tour info Detail


  • Enjoy traditional countryside cuisine of snow country Tokamachi using freshly picked ingredients.
  • Interacting with local people
  • Printed recipes are provided.

Meet at cooking venue to cook the fresh vegetables while getting instructions from the local mom who is the cooking class teacher for the day. The menu consists basically of three regional dishes, rice and miso soup. Because we use seasonal ingredients, the dish for the day will only be known on that day itself!

After the cooking session, it’s time to gather around the dining table to eat the freshly cooked dish. Enjoy chatting with the local mom while dining!

Duration is about 3 hours.

PeriodAll seasons
VenueWithin Tokamachi, Niigata
IncludesIngredients, cooking session, instructor fee, venue, printed recipe, English support
Required Equipments
Event ConditionsThis tour requires a minimum number of two (2) participants.
-This tour requires a minimum number of two (2) participants. -Booking deadline is 1 week before tour date. -Cancellation policy:

Cancellation received within six (6) days from departure date will incur a penalty of 30% Cancellation received before departure time on the day of the tour will incur a penalty of 50% Cancellation received after the departure time on the day of the tour will incur a penalty of 100%


-Please specify any food restrictions and allergies beforehand. -Please do not participate in this tour if you are not feeling well. -All accidents (like burns, etc) during the tour will be at your own responsibility.

-About the tour guide:

Local staff will accompany from the meeting place to the finishing point of the tour. All other travel procedures other than mentioned in the above tour schedule/itinerary will be the tour participant’s responsibility.

JPY 6300 / 1 person (tax included)

*After sending a booking request, we will confirm availability and get back to you.

How To Book

Booking Request

First, send us a booking request to check availability.

Confirming Availability

We will review the request and reply to you.

Completing The Booking

Fill the form we send by email and proceed with payment.

Departure Day

Finally, come to the meeting point to enjoy the tour!

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