Along with enjoying local gastronomy delicacies in the area’s best ryokans and restaurants, coming to Kaga will give you the opportunity to discover some of its most emblematic ingredients, renowned dishes and high-class sakes. As you might want to learn about how products are being grown and manufactured, a few producers and reputed artisans of Kaga gladly welcome you to answer your questions, show you how they work and share their secrets. And to satisfy even more your curiosity, some facilities propose very delightful cooking related ateliers and workshops for you to try out your skill at making popular items such as traditional confections and noodles.
A nice place to discover the colorful and incredibly diverse art of Japanese traditional confections in Yamanaka Onsen.
Open: 9-18, Closed: Tues.
Access: 30 minutes from the JR Kaga Onsen Station by local bus. Get off at Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal, 4 minutes on foot.
Yamaboushi is a popular restaurant set in a traditional house in Yamanaka Onsen. In this very authentic environment, you are welcome to experience the whole process of making popular buckwheat soba noodles from preparing the dough, rolling and cutting the fresh noodles before boiling and enjoy them for lunch.
Soba noodle making and tasting: ¥1,500 (120 min.), Capacity: 30 people, Language: Japanese, Open: 11-16, Closed: Wed.
Access: 30 minutes from the JR Kaga Onsen Station by local bus. Get off at Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal, 35 minutes on foot.
Founded in 1819 this sake brewery has kept producing high-grade artisanal sakes from the area’s reputed fine rice and clear waters. Its top quality sake “Kiss of Fire” was served at occasions such as Nobel Prize night parties and a New Year’s parties at Louis Vuitton.
Sake tasting and visit of the cellar（Nov.-Mar.）: Free of charge (15 min.), Capacity: 6 people, Language: Japanese, Open: 8-19, Closed Sun. and national holidays.
Access: 8 minutes by car from the JR Kaga Onsen Station.
A famous sake brewery and shop established in Yamanaka Onsen since 1772. Several of its top rated sakes, such as the “Shishi no Sato”, are made from the medicinal waters sprinkling out of a temple, on foot of the neighboring mountains.
2 different types of sake: ¥200 (5 min.), Language: Japanese, Open: 9-18.
Access: 30 minutes from the JR Kaga Onsen Station by local bus. Get off at Yamanaka Onsen Bus Terminal, 5 minutes on foot.
All year round, visitors are invited to enjoy picking seasonal fruits such as strawberries, grapes and apples in this 83 m2 large orchard.Grape picking (summertime)
Delaware (Middle of Jul.-Aug.): Adult : ¥830/Children: ¥520, Gigantic peak and Black Olympia (Middle of Aug.-Sep.): Adult: ¥1,030/Children: ¥730, Language: Japanese, Open: 8-17.
Access: 13 minutes by car from the JR Kaga Onsen Station or 50 minutes using the “Sea Route” canbus (20 minutes for the Fruits Land express). Please check the timetables on the Canbus website: http://www.kaga-canbus.jp/english.php