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News: SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE: Tour Reopening Guidelines

6. June. 2020

Here at SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE we are reopening our tours. We have developed new protocols based on government regulations, expert advice and travel industry best practice. These will enable every guest to enjoy our activities in safety, together with our staff and locals in Hida, under the current COVID-19 situation.

We believe that implementation of the following measures will allow us to share special experiences safely with you in SATOYAMA:

Click here to see the measures we will be put in place.

Winter Tours / Guided Tour

Easy! Fun! And, most importantly, yummy! Introduce your kids to Japanese cuisine with our hands-on cooking experience.

Looking for a fun and educational afternoon with your kids in Takayama? Look no further! Our cooking experience  is custom designed for families with young children as an Introduction to the secrets of creating authentic Japanese cuisine.


Learn how to cook two traditional dishes: Gohei-mochi and Miso soup.

What is Gohei-mochi?

How does skewered rice-cakes with sweet sauce sound? One of the most popular local snacks, especially for local Hida special occasions, oval-shaped rice cakes are coated in a sauce based on the traditional Hida ingredient of Aburae, a type of wild sesame known as perilla seeds in English. You grind the seeds before mixing with sugar to produce a sweet paste that is the perfect match for the sticky rice cakes, and is also often used as a dressing for boiled spinach and potatoes. The roasting aroma of Aburae seeds will permeate the whole studio and is sure to make your mouth water!

What is Miso Soup?

The archetypal home-cooked Japanese dish, enjoyed every day in most households with a variety of seasonal ingredients. Made from fermented soybeans, miso has a wide application in Japanese cuisine. Often called “meat of the field”, nutritious soybeans come with an array of health benefits and have long been popular in Japan. In the creation of miso soup, a fish and kelp-based soup stock called dashi adds a profound savoury flavour to the dish, and this course will teach you how to make it from scratch.



The perfect way to spend a free afternoon in Takayama with kids; entertaining, educational and delicious!



Please email us to make a reservation!


Dec 1, 2019Dec 30, 2019
Jan 6, 0020Mar 15, 2020


Approx. 1h30m

Number of Participants

Max8 people
Min2 people

Tour rate

4,500JPY/person Inc.Tax **The fee is based on the number of participants

Included in the price
  • Trained and experienced guide (in English/Japanese)
  • Small group tour
  • Food tasting (light snack)

Meeting Point

Green Cooking Studio


Tour Fee    *The fee is based on the number of participants 

  • 2 people : ¥8,000 / pp
  • 3 people : ¥5,500 / pp
  • 4 people or more : ¥4,500 / pp


Age restriction 

  • This experience is suitable for children above 6 years old. You are welcome to bring your younger children but please let us know in advance. Since kitchen knives and a fire stove are used in the cooking studio, we require that you keep your children under strict supervision at all times.


Please be sure to purchase appropriate travel insurance in advance.



  • The tour may be cancelled without a cancellation fee up to 2 days before the tour date. Please see this link for full details: Cancellation policy