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Discover a local winter delicacy

Frozen Tofu Experience

Price: JPY 7,700/person Duration: 3 hr


An exclusive look into a master's workshop

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
Duration 3 hr


Arrival at Sennen Tofu- Activity starts
Let's check the frozen tofu outside


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


Activity ends
*If you plan to stay in the area, you can pick up your tofu the following day.

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):
JPY 2,750/person

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 taxi from JR Chino Station