Eat to the beat
Eat to the Beat
Soba x Taiko

2-3 people: 12,000 yen/person
4 people: 9,600 yen/person
5-10 people: 8,400 yen/person

Customer Satisfaction
Experience Type
Cultural/ food
Activity Level
Group Size
Small to medium groups (2-10 people)
Eat to the Beat: Soba x Taiko

Soba is a type of traditional Japanese noodle made from buckwheat, that has been enjoyed in Japan since the Edo period. In this experience, you’ll first learn how to make traditional Japanese soba from a friendly local, before eating it together and then participating in a Taiko workshop.


This workshop takes place on Sado Island, in Niigata Prefecture which is home to the world-famous Taiko group “Kodo Taiko”. In Japanese, the group’s name, “Kodo”carries two meanings: “heartbeat” as the beat of the heart is the source of all rhythm, and “children of the drum” which reflects the desire of the group to play the drum with the simple joy of a child.


While at first glance, soba noodles and taiko drums seem to have nothing in common, we hope that through this program, participants can realize that the simple luxuries in life such as food and music that can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of nationality, language, religion, or gender, is ultimately what brings us all together as people.

Sado Soba Experience
Activity Details
Meeting Location
Sado Island Taiko Centre
Seasonal Availability
Experience Duration
3 hours
Amount of Participants
2-10 people (Inquire separately for larger groups or single participants)
Start Time
End Time
Not Included
Please book at least 3 days in advance
Sample Itinerary

10:00: Meet at Sado Island Taiko Centre

10:00-11:00: Handmade soba workshop

11:00-12:00: Taiko drumming workshop

12:00-13:00: Eating delicious handmade soba noodles for lunch

13:00: End

Please note that this is a sample itinerary and actual times and itinerary flow may vary depending on the day.100-

Meeting Location

Due to the remote nature of the region, it is highly recommended that you rent a car when you visit Sado Island. However, that isn’t to say that visiting without a car is impossible in the slightest.


There are several busses that service Sado Island Taiko Centre and you can also take a private hire taxi as well.Likewise, e-bikes can be very convenient for getting around Sado Island for active island explorers.



Sado Soba Experience
Sado Taiko experience