Kiso-Fukushima 'Furusato Taikenkan' Activities Hall
The Place to Experience Kiso Valley's Distinct Culture
Kiso River Valley
Located in an old wooden schoolhouse in tucked in between mountains in the scenic Kiso River Valley, the Activities Hall offers a full menu of activities to experience the area's distinct culture and traditions. Options include cooking classes to make some local dishes, traditional craftwork, forestry and agriculture-related activities, interpretive nature walks, history lessons and more.
The on-site restaurant "Shiki" (Four Seasons) offers soba noodles made from freshly-ground buckwheat grown in Kiso as well as the local specialty, bite-sized 'gohei-mochi' sticky rice grilled with a sweet sauce made from 'egoma' grown in the Activity Hall's garden.
The wide range of activities appeal to children and adults alike.
- Hours :
- 09:30-16:30 (register by 15:00 for the activities)
- Date(s) :
- Closed Wednesdays as well as during the winter.
- Cost / Price of Admission :
- Varies by activity. (For example, soba-making lessons are 1200 yen per person minimum 3 people.)
- Time Required :
- 30 min-2 hours
- Reservations :
- Luggage Storage :
- Not Available
# of participants possible depends on the activity but many of the cooking, carpentry and craftwork activities can handle large groups. For example, the soba noodle making can accommodate up to 60 participants.
- By Train
- From Kiso Fukushima Station (JR Chuo Line), 20 minutes by bus.
- By Car
- From Ina IC, 36km, approx. 45 minutes.
From Nakatsugawa IC, 66km, approx. 75 minutes.
- 6959 Shinkai, Kiso, Kiso 397-0002
- Narai-juku Post Town : "Narai of a Thousand Houses" -- Longest Post Town in all of Japan.
- Yokokawa Gorge : Picturesque Gorge Famous for Vibrant Spring and Fall Colors.
- Shinano Wine (Winery Tour) : Third Generation Winery
- Izutsu Wine (Winery) : Winery with a View of the Northern Alps, Surrounded by Picturesque Vineyards
- Okaya Silk Museum “Silk Fact Okaya” : Silk Museum Adjacent to an Actual Operating Silk Factory
- Tsutaya in Kiso-Fukushima : Relaxing Hotel Awash in the History of the Old Kiso Road.
- Oyado Iseya in Narai-Juku : Friendly Service and Delicious Kiso Home Cooking.
- Echigoya Ryokan in Narai-Juku : Immerse in an Edo-era Inn in Edo-era Post Town Narai-juku
- Awanoyu in Shirahone Onsen : Relax in Awanoyu's Milky White Mineral Water in Famous Shirahone Onsen.
- Yumoto Saito-Ryokan in Shirahone : Grand, historical ryokan featuring Shirahone’s unique milky-white onsen water.
- Bistro Matsushima-tei : Historical Post Town Building Reborn as Italian.
- Soba Kurumaya : Classic Kiso Hand-made Soba Shop with a 300-Year History.
- Soba Tokkuriya : Handmade Japanese Cuisine in and Edo-era Post Town.
- Farm Restaurant Tomato no Ki : Buffet-style Restaurant with Views of the Southern Alps.
- Chuo Alps Tozan-Guchi Meiji-tei : At the Base of the Chuo Alps, Sauce-Katsu with their own Original Sauce.
- How to do Sunki Lacto-Fermenting : Learn to Make Kiso Valley’s Unique Salt-free Pickling Technique.
- Master Gohei Mochi Making : Make Kiso’s Specialty Mochi-rice Sweats.
- Make Chopsticks out of Hinoki : Use Kiso’s Famed Hinoki Wood to Make Your Own Pair of Chopsticks.
- Nanawarai Sake Brewery Tour : Tour the Nanawarai’s Sake Brewery, the Pride of Kiso Valley.
- Soba-Uchi (Making Buckwheat Noodles) at Soba Mecca Kaida Kogen : Make Soba Noodles by Hand in Kaida Kogen, Buckwheat Paradise at Mt. Ontake.