Okome no Gakkou


Learn everything there is to know about Japanese rice in the heart of Niigata, Japan's leading rice-producing region! Unveil the secrets of Japanese cuisine and deepen your love for its flavors through a fun-filled rice tasting experience.

Okome no Gakkou (Rice School) is located in the charming Shiozawa district of Minamiuonuma, an area renowned for its top-quality rice. Here, amid the very fields where premium Niigata rice is grown, visitors will embark on an engaging journey into the world of rice. Interactive panels and machines provide insight into the intricate process, unraveling the journey from field to table. Savor Minamiuonuma “koshihikari” rice, and be amazed at the diversity of flavors found within the same rice variety. You'll also get to enjoy a delightful helping of "kenchin-jiru" (a hearty vegetable soup with soy sauce) and handmade pickles. Once you've found your perfect rice match, you can take it home as a souvenir.

General Information

Directions8 min. walk from Shiozawa Station (JR Joetsu Line).
14 min. from the Shiozawa-Ishiuchi IC on the Kan-etsu Expressway.
Car Park3 min. on foot to the free municipal parking lot.
Opening Times10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed irregularly.
PricesEntry to "Okome no Gakkou" is free.
The Rice Tasting Experience has a fee (base fee of 300 yen + ingredient costs).
NotesReservations required


NameOkome no Gakkou (Rice School)
Telephone Number025-782-5105