Local Dish Cooking Lesson and 3 Hour City Trip


Mutsuko W.

5.00(3) reviews
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 6 people

This tour provides visitors with an unforgettable experience by making and tasting local dishes with Niigata Koshihikari rice for lunch and city sightseeing highlights in 3 hours. Niigata is full of high quality rice, fresh vegetables, fresh fish and marine products. Visitors are welcome to experience making, tasting Niigata food and learn history and present Niigata quickly in 6 hours.


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Meeting Point

Next 21/ Lovela Bandai/ Niigata Station

10:00 a.m. Cooking Niigata local food at the cooking studio

12:30 p.m. Cat-Collection, a neko cafe near Niigata City Hall

1:00 p.m. Hakusan Shrine and Hakusan Park

2:30 p.m. Toki Messe and Niigata Port Museum

3:30 p.m. Bandai Area

Ending Point

Next 21/ Lovela Bandai/ Niigata Station

What to Expect

Visitors can learn how to make good flavored Koshihikari rice on their own together with other side dishes which Niigata people are fond of, including noppe, tarekatsu, and hegisoba. They do not need to bring their aprons and just bring themselves to the cooking studio. Easy instruction in English is provided, so no worries for your cooking skills! Of course, visitors can eat the dishes they make as lunch there. Afterward, they will visit the Hakusan area including a trendy neko (cat) cafe, Hakusan Park and Shrine which Niigata people admire, and the Furumachi Shopping Arcade for souvenir shopping. Also they will visit Toki Messe and Niigata Port Museum, symbolic buildings of Niigata and walk across the photogenic Bandai Bridge to reach the Bandai Area.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee.

What‘s not included

Cooking lesson fee: 5000 JPY per person

Hotel pickup: 1100 JPY

Transportation fee (you and guide):

Taxi rides are needed to and from Toki Messe/ Port Museum.

Taxi - About 800 JPY per car per way

Public bus - 210 JPY per person per way.

Entrance fee: cat cafe 600 JPY for 30 min. per person

Port Museum 300 JPY per person

Important Information

Guiding in Sado is possible if transportation fee between Sado and Niigata is offered. Due to logistics, for those wanting to visit Sado Island, a two day advance notification prior to the meeting day is required. For your information, the boat fee for the round trip is 6,760 yen.

Fridays only. Other days negotiable on advance notice. This tour is effective from April 3 of 2020.

Transportation fee, drinks and meals and souvenirs are not included in the shown tour price. Cooking lesson charge, JPY5,000 for each person, needs to be paid in cash or by credit cards (VISA, Master, AMEX, Diners Club and etc.). Visitors are expected to walk from spot to spot, but taxi rides are needed to and from Toki Messe/ Port Museum. One taxi ride for a car costs about JPY 800. One public bus ride costs JPY 210 per person.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time



Melissa M.

Jun 3, 2019

very nice tour

We had a beautiful day out in Sado island. We enjoyed our guide and the driver did his job very well. We thank you for the tour!

Mutsuko W.

Melissa san, It is so good to hear from you. I have been worried about one of your daughters health condition. I hope she is all right now. I am glad to know you had a good time in Sado and I hope you also did in other parts of Japan.


Stephen F.

Apr 14, 2019

Interesting time and informative

We focus on history and off the grid local spots. Mutsuko was very knowledgeable and well spoken. Trip timing and planning was exceptional. It was great!

Mutsuko W.

Steve san, Thank you for your great feedback. You two are energetic and curious about things in town. I enjoyed guiding you around the city on such a beautiful spring day! Please enjoy the rest of your trip. I am looking forward to guiding you again.


Sandra N.

Mar 29, 2019

Great Tour

Mutsuko provided us with a very informative tour and meet all of our expectations. We had ask to see and do other things besides the activities on her suggested itinerary. She made it all happen! Plus her English is excellent. Thank you Mutsuko and Triple Lights.

Mutsuko W.

Sandra san, Thank you very much for your wonderful comment on my tour! I'm a lot flattered. I also enjoyed your company and it was another reward for me beside the fun to guide my city. Please visit Niigata again and explore more. I'm looking forward to guiding you and your family next time you visit Japan. Please enjoy the rest of your days in Japan. Please send the best regards for everyone for me. Mutsuko

$117/ per group