Frozen Tofu (“koori-dofu” in Japanese) is a typical preservation food of the Suwa area, prepared by laying thick slices of tofu outside during the night when the temperature drops to minus 15~20 degrees. The tofu obtained this way does not only last longer but has a dense, springy texture and a rich flavor.
Frozen tofu tradition started about 200 years ago in the Yamaura, the rural area under the mountains’ shadow, as an attempt by local farmers to create a source of income during winter. The locals would produce this icy version of tofu from December to February and sell it as far as Matsumoto while still frozen.
Our activity takes place at "Sennen Tofu," a small family-run tofu shop where the current master perpetuates the centenary tradition of frozen tofu while expanding his repertoire to regular tofu and tofu-based cooking.
The experience starts early so that you can see the hard slices of frozen tofu lying in the chilly morning air. Try touching them to feel how cold they are. Once you are acquainted with the final product, it is time to get into the workshop and observe how it is made. The master still follows the traditional method he inherited from his predecessors, in which the soy milk is poured into a wooden box, wrapped in a cotton cloth, and then pressed with heavy stones.
After the guided visit, you will move to a nearby room where under the master’s guide, you can try making frozen tofu with your own hands. *The master will lay your tofu outside to freeze for one night. If you are staying in the area, you can pick it up the following morning. Otherwise, we can send it to your next accommodation with refrigerated delivery service for an extra fee.
The morning will conclude with a degustation of tofu, frozen tofu, and other tofu-based dishes such as okara salad and soy milk tenyose (a jelly-like vegan cake).
|Period||From December to February
Limited to 3 times per month
|Due Date||10 days prior the date of the activity|
Arrival at Sennen Tofu- Activity starts
Introduction about tofu, frozen tofu and the history of the shop
An exclusive look into the artisan's workshop- Guided visit to the tofu-making process
Let's try making some frozen tofu!
Degustation - now's the time to try some frozen tofu and tofu-based dishes while listening to the master's stories
|No. of participants||Min. 2 persons / Max. 4 persons|
|Price||/ person||Adult (ages 13+):
With 2 participants: JPY 7,700/person
With 3 participants: JPY 6,600/person
With 4 participants: JPY 6,050/person
Child (ages 4-12):
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
(All prices tax incl.)
|Included in the price||Activity, tasting, English-speaking guide, insurance|
|Payment method||Credit card|
|Cancellation policy||7 days prior: 30% of total amount
3 days prior: 50% of total amount
1 day prior: 70% of total amount
Day of activity: 100% of total amount
|Access||30 min by bus from JR Chino Station *Transfer available|
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