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Making udon noodles at Yasuragi no Ie

Saitama Prefecture is the second largest producer of udon noodles in Japan. An old townhouse in Tokigawa offers you a chance to experience this handmaking activity and its age-old traditional techniques.

Activity/ cultural experience facility

A townhouse built over 100 years ago has been turned into this Yasuragi no Ie, or Peaceful House. This facility is now utilized as an agricultural experience that introduces visitors to the local special food culture. Here, not only residents but foreign visitors can also get involved with this udon making activity.

All instructors are actual residents of Tokigawa! In the olden days, women in Tokigawa were told that they couldn’t marry until mastering udon noodle making. Their technique was considered as a necessary virtue to become a good wife. These women now teach first time visitors their long-learned technique so that anyone can make delicious udon on their own.

Tokigawa town is situated in the central area of Saitama Prefecture, about one hour from Tokyo by train
Tokigawa town is situated in the central area of Saitama Prefecture, about one hour from Tokyo by train
The mountain in the background are a full of acorn trees. The giant Totoro monument is made with Japanese cedar leaves.
The mountain in the background are a full of acorn trees. The giant Totoro monument is made with Japanese cedar leaves.
Mixing, kneading, pressing, cutting. No machine is involved in the whole process. Well trained skills make beautiful noodles!
Mixing, kneading, pressing, cutting. No machine is involved in the whole process. Well trained skills make beautiful noodles!
This slightly thinner cut udon has a strong chewy texture. You can eat freshly cooked udon right there. Your own noodles will definitely taste different!
This slightly thinner cut udon has a strong chewy texture. You can eat freshly cooked udon right there. Your own noodles will definitely taste different!

There are terrace seats outside to enjoy the noodles in a peaceful mountain environment. Please get your stomach and heart healed here!

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  • Tokigawa town is situated in the central area of Saitama Prefecture, about one hour from Tokyo by train.

    Tokigawa town is situated in the central area of Saitama Prefecture, about one hour from Tokyo by train.

  • The mountain in the background are a full of acorn trees. The giant Totoro monument is made with Japanese cedar leaves.

    The mountain in the background are a full of acorn trees. The giant Totoro monument is made with Japanese cedar leaves.

  • Mixing, kneading, pressing, cutting. No machine is involved in the whole process. Well trained skills make beautiful noodles!

    Mixing, kneading, pressing, cutting. No machine is involved in the whole process. Well trained skills make beautiful noodles!

  • This slightly thinner cut udon has a strong chewy texture. You can eat freshly cooked udon right there. Your own noodles will definitely taste different!

    This slightly thinner cut udon has a strong chewy texture. You can eat freshly cooked udon right there. Your own noodles will definitely taste different!

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Facility information

Facility name
Yasuragi no Ie (やすらぎの家)
Activity name
Handmade Udon experience
Address
720-1 Nishidaira, Tokigawamachi, Hikigun, Saitama
Telephone
0493-67-0800
Hours
Udon making: 10:00 am~ 4:00 pm
Lunch menu: 11:00 am ~ 2:00 pm
Fee
2000 yen (booking required)
Capacity
2 groups per day
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)