Farm Cooking in Hokkaido – Make Traditional Japanese Soba and Mochi with Private Transfer

Come experience making traditional Japanese delicacies, especially popular for New Year's Holiday events!

Pick-up service available from your hotel in Sapporo!
Enjoy a whole day at our farm and make traditional Japanese food!
Tobetsu is a thriving agriculture town near Sapporo, full of natural resources. Here you can spend a whole day on “Friendly Farm”, learning from the family how to make Soba and Mochi!

In the morning, let’s make Soba, traditionally served on New Year’s Eve! Soba is Japanese noodles made with buckwheat flour. The process is simple: add water to buckwheat flour, knead and roll out the dough, then slice it. Once boiled, it’s ready to be served! It sounds simple, but you can learn great tips from the farm family for a great taste! Enjoy the fresh Soba for lunch served with seasonal tempura.

In the afternoon, let’s make "Koshian” (sweet bean paste), a common treat in Japanese sweets! Let’s also make "Kinako” (roasted soybean flour)! It’s a powder made with roasted beans. Finally, let’s make some “Mochi” (rice cakes)!
For the Japanese, Mochi making is always a special event in which rice cake is pounded in an old-fashioned large mortar with a wooden mallet. It’s heavy duty work, but once you get the hang of the rhythm, it’s soft, stretchy, and delicious! Stuff the fresh Mochi with your “Koshian” or cover it with “Kinako” for popular ways to enjoy the treat! We will even prepare “Zoni” together, made with your Mochi in soup, a dish usually prepared at New Year’s. You can take some Mochi, Koshian and Kinako home, as well!

Soba and Mochi are a must-have in most celebrations in Japan, and now you can learn how to make it yourself!
We hope you feel at home visiting our farm, and enjoy the slow lifestyle of Hokkaido’s beautiful and relaxing countryside!
Recommended Programs
- Private transfer from and to the hotel you will stay.
- Enjoy making your own Soba noodles the traditional way!
- Make delicious “Mochi” using the old-fashioned mortar and mallet.
- Eat traditional Japanese food, served farmer’s style!
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Available time period 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

* Unavailable Dates:
May. 2, 8, 9, 16-31
Jun. 1, 6-9, 11, 13-15, 17, 18, 20-22, 25, 27, 29, 30
Jul. 1, 4, 6, 11, 13, 18-20, 25, 27
Nov. 1
Feb. 25
New Year's Holidays (27 December 2017 - 10 January 2018)

* Reservation Deadline: 7 days prior

* This program does not accept reservations after February yet.
Participation fee 2 in a vehicle: 15,500 yen per person
3 in a vehicle: 13,500 yen per person
4 in a vehicle: 12,500 yen per person
Meeting location Your driver will wait for you in the ground floor of your hotel.

* Please note that the driver is not an English-speaking tour guide.
We do, however, provide an information sheet in English.
Pick Up Service Pick-up from your hotel in Central Sapporo (around JR Sapporo station,
around Odori Park and Susukino), or near JR Sapporo station.

* If you would like to be picked up at a location other than a hotel,
depending on the address, an extra fee may be applied.
Required time 8 hours

9:30am Pick-up from your hotel in Sapporo
10:20am Arrive at "Friendly Farm"
10:30am-1:30pm Make Soba Noodles
Eat fresh Soba and Tempura for lunch
1:30pm-4:30pm Enjoy Mochi Pounding
Make sweet red bean paste & Kinako powder
Eat the Mochi (in Zoni soup, as An-Mochi & Kinako-Mochi)
4:30pm Depart "Friendly Farm"
5:30pm Drop-off at your hotel in Sapporo

* Please be aware that this program requires 8 hours to participate.
If you would like to extend the time, you will be charged an additional fee.

* Schedule might be changed due to traffic, weather or other conditions.
Requirements for participation Ages 13 years old and up.

Minimum: 2 participants
Maximum: 10 participants

Minimum 2, maximum of 4 in one vehicle.
You will be divided into separate vehicles if your group numbers 5 or more.
Things to bring / Required items - Please note that since we'll be cooking, your clothes may get a little dirty.
- An apron and a bandana
- A take-home container for your Mochi, sweet red bean paste and kinako (roasted soy bean flour)
Important notices - The driver is not an English-speaking tour guide.
- The guide / instructor will explain in easy / simple English.
- Please let us know in advance if you have any food allergies or preferences.
- Please note that due to other farm work,
there will be days the program is unavailable.
- No smoking in any of the buildings.
Cancellation Cancellations made by customers will be subject to the following penalty fees:
* 1 day before the tour: 40% of the tour fee
* On the day of the tour: 50% of the tour fee
* No show on the day: 100% of the tour fee
Included in this fee Soba Making
Mochi, Bean Paste and Kinako Making
(for lunch and enough to take home if you like)
Transport by private vehicle (sedan type)
Insurance, Tax
Not included in fees Personal expenses
Payment method - Advance Payment by online credit card.
- Advance Payment by overseas bank transfer.
(Japanese yen only. Please pay the additional bank transfer fee.)
* Note: Payment is due 3 days before the tour date.

Please read the Terms & Conditions before you apply.

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