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Located in a scenic location surrounded by the Central and Southern Japanese Alps mountains,
the Handmade Miso Experience Center opened to celebrate the 100th year of the Hanamaruki company.
The intention is to give visitors a better understanding of the potential of miso and the secrets of its flavor.
The beautiful Center depict mountains lightly dusted with snow;
this is a place where visitors can get hands-on experience making miso
with a magnificent view of the natural landscape of the Japanese Alps in the background.
The miso making experience is enhanced by the magnificent view of the Southern Japamese Alps through a large 9m width x 3m height window
The Miso prepared by participants will be aged for about three months at the Handmade Miso Experience Center and delivered to the owner.
Visitors will be escorted from the Handmade Miso Experience Center to the adjacent Ina Factory.
A short film will be shown to introduce the factory and how it is operated.
International Architecture Awards 2019
ー CORPORATE BUILDINGS Department
World Architecture Festival Awards 2018
ー Production energy and recycling -Completed Buildings Department Finalist
ー Small Project of the Year Department Finalist
At the Handmade Miso Experience Center,
visitors not only get hands-on experience making miso,
they also have an opportunity to learn about miso and tour the adjacent Ina Factory.
Here is the flow of the Handmade Miso making workshop
Please come 15 minutes prior to the start time to complete check-in at the Reception Counter on the first floor of the adjacent Ina Factory. Before the start of the tour and workshop, please look around the adjoining shop for Experience Center merchandise and other products.
After the check-in procedure, visitors are shown to the theater room on the first floor. At the Handmade Miso Experience Center, the staff use a large projector to explain the basics of miso and how miso is made. Visitors can learn about miso while sitting on spacious seats on the theater tiers.
After learning the basics of miso, visitors are escorted to the observation corridor for the tour of the adjacent Ina Factory, where they are shown a video about how miso is made and shipped from the factory. In the corridor, there is also a space where visitors can watch TV commercials from the nostalgic ones to the most recent one.
After the tour of the Ina Factory, visitors are escorted back to the Experience Center.
Placed on each table are the materials and tools necessary for making miso. Under the instructions of our staff, participants are assigned to a table and briefed on the materials and tools.
(Aprons and netted caps are provided)
Participants first put koji and salt in a plastic bag and tie a rubber band firmly around the mouth of the bag. They shake the bag up and down to mix the koji and salt just enough to get rid of any lumps of salt.
Boiled soybeans are provided. Participants place half of them in a grinding machine and turn a wheel by hand to mash the soybeans.
They then do the same with the rest of the soybeans.
Participants add the mashed soybeans into the plastic bags with mixed koji and salt. They then tie a rubber band firmly around the mouth of the bag and mix the ingredients well by kneading from outside the bag.
Participants add the “tanemizu”* into the bag, tie a rubber band around the mouth of the bag, and knead the ingredients again. Then they remove the rubber band and air from the inside of the bag, place the plastic bag into a container, and tie the rubber band again around the mouth of the bag.*Tanemizu: Solution of water and natural yeast for fermenting miso
About 2kg of Miso prepared by participants will be aged for about three months in dedicated fermentation chamber for tasty Miso!
The shop has a wide range of Hanamaruki products and Handmade Miso Experience Center original merchandise. They are suitable souvenirs for the Handmade Miso Experience workshop!
|Name||Hanamaruki Handmade Miso Experience Center|
|address||2701 Nishiminowa,Ina-shi,Nagano 399-4501 Japan|
|Open Days||Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10:00AM – 3:30PM
(closed on public holidays)
Individual Guests /
|Hours||Start Time: 10:00AM / 1:30PM Note:
※Two separate sessions a day
|Length of Workshop||About 120 minutes (including factory tour)|
|Capacity||Up to 20 people
|Date and Time for Starting Accepting Applications||Midday, first day of the month that is two months prior to the month of the session|
|Deadline for Closing Applications||Seven business days prior to the day of the session
※ Applications will be closed as soon as a session is full.
|Parking Lot||Reservation is required
About 3 hours on the Chuo Expressway from Tokyo
About 2.5 hours on the Chuo Expressway from Nagoya
About 10 minutes from the Ina Interchange on the Chuo Expressway
About 3 hours and 25 minutes from Shinjuku (Busta Shinjuku) to “Ina Inter Mae” stop on Chuo Express Bus Ina Line.
About 3 hours and 15 minutes from Nagoya (Meitetsu Bus Center) to “Ina Bus Terminal”.
◎Approximately 10 minutes by car from the “Ina Inter Mae” bus stop.
◎ Approximately 15 minutes by car from the “Ina Bus Terminal” bus stop.
About 3.5 hours from Tokyo (Take Chuo To Line and Iida Line from Tokyo.)
About 3.5 hours (Take Chuo Sai Line and Iida Line from Nagoya.)
About 15 minutes by car from Ina-shi or Ina Kita Station.
Located in the southern region of Nagano Prefecture, Ina City is bordered by the South and Central Japanese Alps mountains.
The Tenryu River and Mibu River run through the center of this certified eco-friendly city, established by its rich nature, history, and culture.
The city is full of tourist attractions, including the cherry blossoms of Takato Castle Remains Park, which has a reputation second to none, and the Southern Alps National Park.
Individual guests (a party of up to five people)
may make reservations through the following form
Guests in groups (a party of six or more people)
may make reservations through the following form
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・Guests in wheelchairs or trolleys,
or those who need assistance,
or from Educational Institutions
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