Private Culinary Experience in Japanese Style Country House in Karuizawa, Nagano pref.

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Local Experience, Food and Wine, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 2



English (advanced)

Cooking healthy food in beautiful mountain resort, one hour away from Tokyo!

Karuizawa is a beautiful mountain resort in Nagano prefecture only one hour from Tokyo by bullet train. People in Nagano prefecture has the longest average life in Japan. There are some food clues related to longevity. Intaking fermented food, such as miso and Koji, ingredients made from rice malt, are the key ingredients. Let's cook healthy food with those ingredients and be healthy!

The class is held in Japanese traditional style country house which has a moss garden and pine trees. The relaxed atmosphere resembles cooking party in a country house.

The class starts with an explanation about fermented foods, which include miso, sake, and how fermented food has health benefit for our body.

Let's start cooking; 1 main dish, choose from beef pork, chicken or seafood, 2 seasonal side dishes, miso soup, and rice. A selected glass of sake will be served with the main dish. Fresh brewed tea and sweets will be served after lunch.

*The request will be accepted one month ahead after May '19. Ask the availability


11:10 Meet JR Karuizawa station ticket gate and take cab to a country house
11:20 Lecture abut fermented food
11:50 Start to cook
12:50 Ready for lunch.
13:50 Tea time
14:10 Finish the class

Taking cab to Karuizawa station about 5 min by taxi.

Public hot spring onsen 10 min by walk.

Kyu karuizawa shopping street 20 min by walk.

Manpei-hotel 10 mi by walk

Meeting Point + Tour Duration

Meeting Point Options: Rail or Bus Station

End Point Options: Rail or Bus Station, Suggested by Guide: The country house where cooking class is held. 5 min taxi ride from/to JR Karuizawa station

Duration: 3 hours 30 min.


Bullet train Hokuriku Hinkansen
Tokyo to Karuizawa about 1 hour.

Karuizawa station to a country house about 5 min by taxi

What’s Included

  • Guiding Services

Other: Cooking, all the ingredients, lunch, a glass of sake and tea.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

15000 JPY - (approximately 135 USD) for:
-Round trip to Karuizawa by JR Shinkansen from Tokyo
-Round trip taxi fare from JR Karuizawa station to the kitchen in country house

If you have JR pass, you can use it for the bullet train riding for free.

What’s Extra

  • Personal Expenses
  • Public Transportation Tickets

Other: One way trip Tokyo to Karuizawa station 5910 Japanese yen.

One way taxi fare 800 Japanese yen Karuizawa station to the country house.


I am not a licensed guide and will not be able to guide you inside of the historical monuments.
I am not a driver. I can accompany you in your vehicle or I can arrange for a separate car and driver.

Private tour guide Fukuko

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