Soba noodle making experience


Experience Overview

What comes to your mind when you hear “Japanese noodles”?
In Japan, everyone’s favorite noodle dish is ramen without a doubt, but it is soba which is served in first-rate Japanese restaurants. Soba has a long history, and one can say it is one of the most famous Japanese dishes along with sushi or tempura. These days soba, the healthy and nutritious noodles, is increasingly popular in other countries too.
There are many great restaurants which serve soba, and during lunchtime, tourists are making a long line to wait. It would be a great experience to have soba noodles at a famous soba restaurant. But if you come all the way to Japan, do not be satisfied with just eating them; why not make them yourself?
At “Soba Making Class Umehara”, the owner of a soba restaurant opens up a restaurant for tourists to experience soba making. They offer a private lesson for one group at a time, and you can make soba in the authentic environment where real soba professionals use. Specially blended buckwheat has a great aroma, and you can smell it not only when eating soba but also when making buckwheat dough.
The taste of soba made by yourself will leave you a great impression and will taste better than any soba you eat at a famous restaurant!


Recommendation Points

・You can use authentic tools at a real restaurant usually used by soba professionals
・A private lesson available for one group at a time
・The teacher only helps when it is absolutely necessary, and you can do and enjoy most of the work

Let's Start

First, sift and mix buckwheat and flour in a big bowl.
Your clothes might get dirty from buckwheat and flour; please wear casual clothes. You might want to remove your nail polish or nail art beforehand, for fingers and nails could be damaged by the wire mesh of the sieving net.
Mix water and buckwheat/flour.
Do not pour in all water at a time; pour it in several times, while checking how well it is mixed with buckwheat/flour. It is difficult to adjust the amount of water, but the teacher will be next to you to give you an advice so you will never fail.
Hold together the dough and knead it over and over.
This requires some force, so take turn with group members to finish it! Kneading over and over makes the dough smooth and it will become chewy and tasty noodles.
Spread the dough as wide as the teacher tells you to on the wooden plate.
You cannot just push it with all your might. Use all your palms, and spread it in a round shape with the even thickness. It could be quite difficult.
Use a menbou(rolling pin) to further flatten and thin down the round dough.
Watch how the teacher does it carefully first, and learn how to use a menbou. Try not to put uneven force. Wrap the dough around a menbou with care.
Change the direction of the dough, and further thin down and flatten it. Repeat this procedure several times, and make the round dough into square. Be careful not to break the dough.
Fold the flat and square dough. There are rules in folding the dough as well; keep in order and slowly fold it with care.
It’s finally time to cut the dough with a unique-looking knife for soba noodles. The teacher gives you the tips to cut it. It is difficult to cut it the way you like it to be, although you do understand how to use the tools or how to cut it. You will notice how great the technique is of soba professionals.
The teacher will boil the cut soba noodles right away, so you can eat them fresh. It might not be even and perfect like the soba noodles you eat at a restaurant, but it tastes all the more special. Compare unique noodles made by each participant; the shape and the texture are all different and fun!

Visitor Feedback

We love to cook, and have always wanted to learn cuisines of various countries so it was really fun. We had a valuable experience of using the authentic tools on a soba making table of the restaurant, just like a professional.

Message from Staff

Don’t just eat soba noodles at a restaurant; why not make them yourself to eat? It might not look perfect, but the taste of handmade soba will be something you will remember for a long time!

We offer a soba making experience at two shops; one in Arashiyama and one in Kitashirakawa. Choose whichever the restaurant that suits your sightseeing plan!

Shop Information

Soba Umehara

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ContentsSoba noodle making experience
Duration90 min
PriceAdult= ¥3000 (tax-in)
Payment on the same day
Credit cardsUnaccepted
Cancellation feeWhen you cancell,please contact the temple by 5:00 P.M of the day before
On the day: 100%
Group2 people~up to 8 people *more than 8 people are negotiable
Notes for childrenAbout 6 years old~

NameSoba making class Umehara
Address【Arashiyama shop】: 24-41 Sagaoritocho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto
【Kitashirakawa shop】: 1 Takatsukicjo, Ichijoji, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Access【Arashiyama shop】
・5 min walk from JR Sagaarashiyama Station on the Sagano Line
・1 min walk from Rokuonji station on Randen railway
【Kitashirakawa shop】
・4 min walk from Ichijoji station on Eizan railway
ParkingUnavailable(There are toll parkings neighbourhood)
Closing daySunday to Thursday
Opening TimesFriday and Saturday
(10:00~11:30, 14:30~16:00,16:00~17:30,18:30~20:00)
*You need to make a reservation
Notes・Please come in clothes you can get dirty
・Please take off your wrist watch
・Your nail polish/nail art might chip away
・People with buckwead allergy have to be careful

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