Tasting Tour : Soy Sauce and Tofu in Gose (Local Food Experience)

  • Program
    Per person:17,500 JPY
    time period
    All year round
    Approx. 4.5 hours
    Language Japanese,English

Soy sauce and tofu are essential ingredients in Japanese cuisine. You will visit the sites where soy sauce and tofu are made, and enjoy tasting them there. (Private Tour, Guided in English)

You will visit Nagara town in Gose city, a tranquil submontane old town in the central area of Nara. There, you will learn how soy sauce and tofu are made, and enjoy strolling through an old town where you can still feel the atmosphere from the Edo period (16-19th century). This tour will be guided in English.

After meeting your guide, you will take a local bus to Nagara Town in Gose City. At the shop, Umemoto Tofu, you will taste tofu while listening to explanations given by an expert. Next, you will visit a soy sauce producer, Katakami Shoyu (shoyu means soy sauce in japanese), and will see the making of soy sauce through a natural brewing method. Soy sauce is matured along with the passing of the seasons in a large wooden tub made of Japanese ceder. As a special offer of this tour, you will be guided to the top of the large tubs to see soy sauce under the process of brewing. The last attraction of this tour is a delicious lunch at the restaurant "Tegami Cafe" which was originally a post office. Enjoy your lunch prepared with local products such as vegetables, rice, tofu from Umemoto Tofu, and soy sauce from Katakami Shoyu.
  • Umemoto Tofu shop

  • Katakami Shoyu (explanations on the process of soy sauce brewing)

  • Tegami Cafe (lunch sample)

Program details
Program Tasting Tour : Soy Sauce and Tofu in Gose (Local Food Experience)
Program fee

Per person:17,500 JPY

Available time period

All season program

Available time period Detail 9:00~13:45
Required time Approx. 4.5 hours
Schedule 09:00 Meet at Yamato-Yagi Station, Kintetsu Railway

*With an English speaking guide, you will experience a local bus ride to "Nagara" in Gose City, and then stroll around the area.
*Umemoto Tofu is a popular shop among locals for its freshly-made tofu. In a Japanese style room, you will taste their various kinds of tofu while listening to explanations given by an expert. You can pick your favorite tofu here, which will be served for lunch later.
*Katakami Shoyu is a soy sauce brewing house with a long and distinguished history. Soy sauce is one of the typical Japanese seasonings, and you will see its production method. The enormous tubs used for making soy sauce are spectacular.
*Lunch at the restaurant, Tegami Cafe, which used to be the town's post office. Enjoy lunch prepared using locally produced ingredients and the tofu you chose at Umemoto Tofu shop.
*Explore the beautiful scenery of the old, traditional Japanese town in Nagara, where the atmosphere from the Edo period (16-19th century) still remains.
*After lunch, go back to Yamato-Yagi Station by taxi.

13:45 The tour ends at Yamato-Yagi Station.

*Time and contents may be changed without prior notice due to a local situation.
Requirements for participation from 2 to 5 people
Included in this fee *Guide in English
*Route bus ride (from Yamato-Yagi Station to Teradabashi Bus Stop)
*Visit to tofu shop and tofu tasting
*Visit to shoyu brewing house
*Taxi ride (from Nagara area, Gose city to Yamatoyagi Station)
Not included in fees *Personal expenses
Meeting location Yamato-Yagi Station, Kintetsu Railway
Meeting location Detail Meeting time (09:00)
A guide is waiting for you at the ticket gate exit.
Address of meeting location 4 Naizencho, Kashihara-city, Nara-prefecture

From Osaka : 30-minute train ride from Osaka Namba Station, Kintetsu Railway
From Kyoto : 50-minute train ride from Kyoto Station, Kintetsu Railway

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Language Japanese,English

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    Nara Visitors Bureau is a DMC (Destination Management Company) based in this ancient city, Nara. We offer various tours that are not just sight-seeing visits, but are cultural and historical experiences in which you can feel, touch and taste the real Nara.


    You explore the site where Soy sauce and Tofu are being made, and enjoy tasting them there.

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    Company:Nara Visitor's Bureau
    Address:3 Ikeno-cho Nara-city Nara-prefecture

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