Activities - Farms & Orchards

Visit to Nagato Ranch Dairy Farm
Nagato Ranch Dairy Farm : 長門牧場

Make Ice Cream, Butter and More at this Working Dairy Farm.

Eastern Nagano


Come up to Nagato Ranch to see the cows and spend a day having fun with dairy-related activities.


Nagano Prefecture has a lot of dairy ranches that take advantage of the high elevation (cows like the cooler weather in the summer). Nagato Ranch in the North Shirakaba Plateau is one such ranch. They offer activities making that offers butter, cheese and ice cream using milk from their cows.

Butter Making: Take milk from the Nagano Ranch cows and shake it to make butter. Enjoy it spread on bread baked on the premises. (Can't be taken home with you.) Sessions are offered at 10:00, 11:30, 13:00 and 14:30 and take approx. 40 min. Cost is 500 yen per person. Number of participants: 2~80.

Ice Cream Making: Using milk from the ranch's cows, crank the creamer for 15 minutes and voila! Fresh ice cream like nothing you've ever tasted! Sessions offered 4 times daily (10:00, 11:30, 13:00 and 14:30 and take approx. 40 minutes. Cost is 2000 yen per group of up to 4 people (maximum 12 groups at one time).

Cheese Making: Take milk from Nagato's cows, beat it, add lemon juice and watch it harden into cheese right before your eyes. Goes great with Nagato's fresh-baked bread. (Can't take home with you.) Lessons held 4 times per day (10:00, 11:30, 13:00 and 14:30) and take approx. 40 min. Cost is 2000 yen per group of up to 4 people (maximum 12 groups at one time). (During winter, operation and times need to be verified.)


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9:00-17:30 NOTE: Activities held at above-mentioned times.
Rest house Shop is open year-round, but check the website for dates for dairy-making activities. Some are offered only on weekends/holidays. Restaurant open daily Apr. to Oct. (or by appointment Nov. thru Mar.).
Cost / Price of Admission
As above.
Time Required
40 min
Credit Cards
VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Union Pay
Required(Reservations for dairy-making activities required by telephone.)
Luggage Storage
Not Available


Instruction in Japanese.


tel : +81(0)267-55-6969fax : +81(0)267-55-7327Official site

Access / Location

By Train
From Sakudaira Station(JR Hokuriku(Nagano) Shinkansen), take bus (1 hour).
By Car
From Saku IC, take Route 40 to Route 142 and turn right (Hyakusawa-Higashi signal), then left on to Route 40 (Shirakaba Kogen signal), 50 minutes.
From Suwa IC, via Route 152, approx. 50 min.
3539-2  Daimon, Nagawa, Chiisgata 386-0601

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