Many of our guests say Nakadanasou is their travel destination and that they have come to stay with us for a relaxing retreat. In order to make their stay more memorable, we offer a variety of events, including soba noodle making classes, hiking tours with the Nakadanasou owner and okami (female manager), sketch classes, various concerts and so on throughout the year.
Below are the details for some of our main events.
Soba Noodle Making Classes
During the class, you will learn how to mix the buckwheat powder, create a dough, knead and roll it out, and slice it into thin noodle strips with a special soba knife. Of course, you will get to enjoy some freshly cooked soba noodles with Nakadanasou’s original “tsuyu,” or dipping sauce.
Dates: Any day aside from Wednesday (please contact the front desk and make a reservation by the day before)
Time and length of the class: Starting from 10:45 a.m. (lasts about an hour)
Fee: 2,500 yen per person (excluding tax)
Hidden away from view is a terrace where you could relax with a book or let your child play in nature. A perfect place to immerse yourself in seasonal colors and scents.
Go down the stairs next to “Lounge Shinsen,” and you will find a ping-pong table. A fun and exciting way to spend an evening with your loved ones!
“Tsurushi Hina” Ornaments
“Tsurushi hina” is an ornament with various beautiful and decorative handmade dolls hanging on strings. It was traditionally made to pray for the health and happiness of daughters and granddaughters. Each doll carries a special meaning; for example, the one called “Sanbasou” is made to pray for a rich harvest so that daughters will have a plenty to eat.
During the “Hinamatsuri,” or Girls’ Day, season in spring, our okami (female manager) decorates the premises with tsurushi hina ornaments to pray for the health and longevity of our guests.
Meet Our Animals
Nakadanasou is popular among families with children, as we have goats, a dog and other animals on our premises. If you arrive during daytime, you will most likely see one of our goats greeting guests from a rocky hill in front of our main entrance.
Within a walking distance from Nakadanasou is Komoro City Zoo (located inside Komoro Kaikoen Park), where you could observe animals during their feeding times and, if lucky, penguins taking a walk around the zoo.
Strolling Around Komoro Kaikoen Park
This is a park located at the site of Komoro Castle, known as one of the 100 finest castles in Japan. The entrance to the park is Sannomon, or the Third Gate, which is designated as a National Important Cultural Property. A must-visit place if you are into history or are a fan of Toson Shimazaki’s literary works.
If you are visiting Japan in spring, be sure to stop by Kaikoen, because it is selected as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom spots by Japan Cherry Blossom Association.
Other Recommended Places In and Around Komoro
Komoro is about a half hour drive from Karuizawa, a mountain resort town that is popular as a summer retreat. Other nearby travel destinations include the historical castle town of Ueda, and Kiyosato Kogen highlands, which can be accessed by the scenic Yatsugatake Kogen Line (Koumi Line).
You can find more information on the following sites (in Japanese only).