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A Gastronomy Walk Through Katsuragisanroku Park, Umemoto Tofu shop, Katakami Soy Sauce

Visit an area ancient Japanese people lived in, and explore the roots of Japanese cuisine

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Trekking Mt. Kongo to the Heart of Japanese Food

Here, you can learn about fermentation at the soy sauce brewery, or enjoy a wonderful stroll and get closer with the local area and its relationship with food. Be amazed at the number of foods at the tofu shop. Visit and experience the food, history, culture, and townsfolk as you down the thoroughfares of the city, including the Katsuragi Kodo, one of Japan's oldest roads.

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  • A soybean steamer that has been slowly redesigned over time. It steams the beans softly and carefully, so as to make the most of their flavor.

    A soybean steamer that has been slowly redesigned over time. It steams the beans softly and carefully, so as to make the most of their flavor.

  • Climb the barrel and see the fermentation process from above. You can also see the brewer's techniques, where they stir the matured soy sauce, with its deepened its hue and flavor.

    Climb the barrel and see the fermentation process from above. You can also see the brewer's techniques, where they stir the matured soy sauce, with its deepened its hue and flavor.

  • The largest tubs have capacities of between 3,600 to 5,400 liters. The microorganisms that get left in the tuns sometimes result in the unexpected creation of fantastic soy sauce!

    The largest tubs have capacities of between 3,600 to 5,400 liters. The microorganisms that get left in the tuns sometimes result in the unexpected creation of fantastic soy sauce!

  • The lively kitchen can be seen over the counter of the shop.

    The lively kitchen can be seen over the counter of the shop.

  • The myriad samples! Give their popular product, Kongo Tofu, a try raw. Taste the original flavor and aroma of the soybeans.

    The myriad samples! Give their popular product, Kongo Tofu, a try raw. Taste the original flavor and aroma of the soybeans.

  • If you visit as a group, head up to the second floor, where the hostess will hold a lecture on tofu. The room is comfortable, and has a unique Japanese atmosphere.

    If you visit as a group, head up to the second floor, where the hostess will hold a lecture on tofu. The room is comfortable, and has a unique Japanese atmosphere.

  • The current main hall of Takakamo Shrine is a Sangensha nagare-zukuri style building that has existed since the 1400's. It has been designated as one of Japan's Important Cultural Properties.

    The current main hall of Takakamo Shrine is a Sangensha nagare-zukuri style building that has existed since the 1400's. It has been designated as one of Japan's Important Cultural Properties.

  • We recommended you go a little further, to Baaku, a restaurant and handmade ham sausage workshop operated by a farmer. You can eat their original Baaku pork here. A Baaku lunch costs 1,550 yen.

    We recommended you go a little further, to Baaku, a restaurant and handmade ham sausage workshop operated by a farmer. You can eat their original Baaku pork here. A Baaku lunch costs 1,550 yen.

  • We recommended you go a little further, to Baaku, a restaurant and handmade ham sausage workshop operated by a farmer. You can eat their original Baaku pork here. A Baaku lunch costs 1,550 yen.

    We recommended you go a little further, to Baaku, a restaurant and handmade ham sausage workshop operated by a farmer. You can eat their original Baaku pork here. A Baaku lunch costs 1,550 yen.

Reviews

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  • Byz

    The Tofu based meal and the visit to the temple.

  • Spitskaya Maria

    Local food tasting and walk to the shrine.

  • Takinami

    This tour was a wonderful tour of Japanese food. From the chance to eat freshly produced tofu hot pot and donuts to seeing how soy sauce is made, I could taste Japanese tradition. A Japanese post office turned into a pastel pink cafe not only stands out in the traditionally lined streets, but also in the use of locally grown produce.

  • anna23

    Visiting the SPY SAUCE FAMILY FACTORY was amazing!! We were taught about soy sauce's making process and also, in the end we could even taste different types of sauce on delicious vegetables and meat!

  • AI

    We enjoyed freshly-made tofu in a quaint countryside tofu shop. The soy milk nabe was really tasty. The shop owner greeted us warmly and we had a chance to peek through the window at her well-known tofu shop in action. After a short walk through town past Edo era buildings we had a lunch at Tegami cafe where we enjoyed seasonal local food and a cup of coffee. My favorite part of the tour was visiting a traditional soy sauce shop and learning how soy sauce is made. It’s fascinating to see the 100-year old barrels, this was followed by a soy sauce pairing with vegetables, beef, and grilled “mochi “ (pounded rice). Our tour had enough time to visit “one word one wish “ shrine.

  • May

    The shrine was really pretty and calm. Had a great view and atmosphere.
    The tofu was delicious, wish I bought more tofu doughnut.

  • Erin

    The soy sauce tasting especially was a really interesting and nice experience

  • HC93

    I really enjoyed viewing all the pretty scenery, being around nature and eating at the post office cafe.

  • Christine

    Loved being in the country, beautiful little town! I loved the tofu place, super delicious food. Great little shrine, beautiful mountainside.

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Experience information

Facility name
Katakami Soy Sauce, Umemoto Tofu Store, Nagara Postal Gallery (Tegami Café)
Name of experience
Gose City Global Tour
Address
Katakami Soy Sauce: 329 Moriwaki, Gose City, Nara 639-2318
Umemoto Tofu Store: 53-3 Nagara, Gose City, Nara 639-2321
Nagara Postal Gallery (Tegami Café): 326−1 Nagara, Gose City, Nara 639-2321
Business Hours
10:00 a.m.-2:55 p.m.
Closed
No holidays
Rates
Katakami Soy Sauce: From 1,500 yen
Umemoto Tofu Store: From 1,400 yen
Nagara Postal Gallery (Tegami Café):From 2,000 yen
Payment methods
Cash or PayPay
Number of people accepted (group)
Up to 10 people per group (please consult us for larger groups)
Telephone number
0745-65-1201 (Gose City Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
*Weekdays 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Languages spoken
Japanese only