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A Unique Bamboo Journey




Learn About Japan Through Bamboo #ft1000061

  • Enter a grove of lush greenery, Uji tea leaves and naturally growing bamboo
  • Learn the countless uses of bamboo and how your host works to preserve it
  • Enjoy this chance to carve custom, bamboo dishware and everything you’ll need to make a waterfall of “nagashi somen”, chilled somen noodles
  • 5 hour total

  • English

  • Age Any

  • 2 〜 20


Chiyoko SOGA

Hello, my name is Chieko Soga. I love to go for drives in my free time, I love my work, but most of all I love my town, and I want to share with visitors what my town is all about; that’s why I started this workshops. I have been working with bamboo and bamboo groves for 10 years now. About 2 years ago I started serving “Nagashi Soumen”, which, if you’ve never tried, is a unique and interesting experience: noodles flow down a bamboo half tube, and you pluck them out with chopsticks. In this workshop, I want visitors to enjoy the beautiful environment and refreshing atmosphere of a bamboo grove.

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Among the many images that are associated with Japan and Japanese culture, perhaps one of the most prominent is bamboo. Bamboo has played an extremely important role in Japanese culture. It is seen in Japanese history, in Japanese myths and legends, and in Japanese art.

Why not discover this intriguing part of Japanese culture by taking part in this workshop? Walk into a bamboo grove and experience its beauty and appeal. You will doubtless be moved by the unique experience as you get hands-on with bamboo, and experience its charm with all 5 senses. Your guide, Chieko Soga, will take you on an exciting bamboo journey as she shares this fascinating part of her town’s history.

  • Arriving bamboo forest

    Host will pick you up at the station. She takes you to the bamboo forest

  • Let's look for Takenoko

    There are tons of Takenoko in the forest ! You can cook them later

  • Start cutting bamboos

  • Make Soumen noodle equipment

  • Make your own dishes

  • Polish them



  • Duration


  • Access

  • Participants Guests

    2 〜 20

    Trip will be cancelled if the required minimum number of participants is not met. Accompanied infants participate for free.

  • Age


  • Conditions

    Available on Clear or Lightly Rainy Days

  • Cancellation Policy

    We are unable to refund cancellations made after 17:00, 3 days prior to your reserved date.


  • Adults(12+)


  • Children(4~11)


  • Infants(~3)


Included in the Price

Interpreter Experience Insurance Noodle Fried Vegitables Drinks Shaved ice


  • Things to bring

    Long sleeved clothes

  • Meeting Point

  • Additional Info





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    Neto Domn

    This experience was unique from the very beginning. I think it is definitely far away from the normal activities you can find in terms of activities held by host families. As being the main topic bamboo and all the great things you can do with it. It was really enjoyable, to learn from a family that have the knowledge about it. From the beginning , it is great to see yourself immerse into a bamboo forest. In this place, you can see that the host family already created a great space to start the day activities. This time, our goal was to prepare "nagashi soumen" , but in this occasion it was from the very beginning. And that's the reason why, in every sense bamboo takes an important role. Starting from the selection of a good bamboo three, and then how we should get it from the forest. That bamboo tree will not be only used as our soumen canal. We took complete advantage of the bamboo three, learning from the host family how to make our own plates and bowls. All these elements, were used for the second part of this experience. In which we helped a little bit to prepare tempura with some bamboo shoot, that we also collected from the bamboo forest. As the final part of the day, we enjoy nagashi soumen. It was a really great opportunity to learn more about bamboo and all what you can get from it, visit a great natural place in the south part of Kyoto and last but not least, the most important is the great chance to meet a super friendly Japanese family that is so passionate about what bamboo is offering as part of the natural resources of Japan. See moreSee less

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    The experience of making our own bamboo instruments for enjoying the soumen noodle and tempura was definitely once in a lifetime for me! Thank you Soga san for the friendly hospitality! We really feel connected to the localsSee moreSee less

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Children: ¥5,250 Infants: Free

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