Take a train from Tokyo Station, and in just 40 minutes, you'll arrive at Yamako Senbei Honpo in Soka City, Saitama. Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of crafting Soka Senbei, a beloved Japanese delight. With Soka City's history of abundant rice production, Soka Senbei emerged as a flavorful solution using surplus rice. Now a celebrated snack with 41 shops in Soka City, it's time to relish the hands-on experience of baking Soka Senbei. Let the flavors come to life through your eyes, hands, and sense of smell. Creating your very own rice cracker is sure to be an unforgettable adventure!
Our dedicated staff will guide you through the art of rice cracker baking with precision. The process is straightforward, allowing you to relish every moment by flipping the rice cracker for an even bake. Customize two rice crackers to your liking. While the experience is brief, it's packed with enjoyment, excitement, and a hint of challenge.
Following the hands-on baking adventure, guests can indulge in delectable sweets and snacks crafted from Soka Senbei and traditional ingredients at the adjoining café and Japanese garden. Don't miss out on the café's star attraction – the Soka Senbei soft-serve ice cream, a definite crowd-pleaser!
Explore our shop and find the perfect souvenirs for friends and family. The store is impeccably clean and adorned with beautiful decorations. You'll encounter a variety of crackers, each elegantly wrapped in brightly colored packaging. With over 100 different products, there's something to suit the tastes of every generation.
Tourist route including this experience
Discover Classic Japanese Souvenirs
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Discover the Art of Japan: Indigo Dyeing & Rice Cracker Baking Experience
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