Activities - Factory Tours

Kanten Papa Garden
Kanten Papa Garden :

See Kanten Papa’s Unusual Agar Making Process.

Southern Nagano


Explore all about kanten (agar)– how it’s made, the various products it comes in, culinary uses, etc., at the Kanten Papa Garden.


Kanten (also called agar) is a gelatin made from seaweed. So what’s it got to do with land-locked Nagano? It is processed by laying out the seaweed in extremely cold temperatures, which mountainous Nagano has in abundance in wintertime. Kanten Papa is a company in Ina City that specializes in manufacturing kanten. The civically-minded company has opened the Kanten Papa Garden, with facilities based on kanten and its healthy properties all in a peaceful, wooded setting. Come learn all about kanten products and enjoy Nagano’s relaxing nature at the same time.


  • 200
  • 60 people
Varies by facility. Shop hours 9:00-18:00 (-17:00 Dec.-Feb.)
Varies by facility. Shop is open daily year-round except New Years holiday.
Cost / Price of Admission
Entrance is free. Shopping, Restuarants available.
Time Required
1 hour
Credit Cards
VISA, MasterCard, Amex
Not required(Required for groups of more than 10. Call with your name, contact info, requested date and time, and number of participants.)
# of Participants
Luggage Storage
Not Available


Factory tour allows visitors to see the factory operation from behind a glass wall.
Also on the premises are a restaurant, cafe, Health Pavilion, gallery and soba restaurant. Guests can also enjoy a stroll through the Japanese garden. The factory store showcases 200 different types of Kanten Papa products, many of which are available for tasting.


tel : +81(0)265-78-2002fax : +81(0)265-78-3922Official site

Access / Location

By Train
From JR Iida Line, 15 min by taxi.
By Car
From Ina IC, 15 min
From Komagane IC, Take Route 75 down 2 lights (Kitahara signal) and turn left (north). Approx. 20 min.
Nishi Haruchika, Ina 399-4432

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