Tochi mochi (horse chestnut rice cake)

It requires a lot of work to prepare the fruits of "tochi" (horse chestnut) to be edible due to their hard skin and strong bitter taste. Long ago, the skin would be softened with hot water, peeled with a tool, and then the fruits would be dipped into running water and lye (ash) for many days to remove the harsh taste. Tochi mochi is made by boiling tochi fruits and sticky rice together to allow the unique flavor of tochi to characterize the dish.
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Road Station Seiryu no Sato Shirotori
Shirotori-cho, Gujo City

Address693-2 Shirotoricho-Mukaikodara, Gujo City[Map
Phone Number0575-82-3129
Opening Hour8:30〜18:00
HolidayTuesdays (or following day if a national holiday falls on Tuesday)
Parking Capacity82 cars
Access Approx. 5 minutes by car from Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway "Shirotori IC"
The taste of Gujo Shirotori, a nostalgic memory of autumn/winter
Tochi mochi has a familiar taste even for those who eat it for the first time. The flavor you feel in your mouth is unforgettable. We use sticky rice grown in Gujo and provide variety by using mugwort, walnut, chestnut, shiso leaves, beans, etc. They are packed in vacuum bags to preserve their taste, and we recommend frozen storage.
Service periodFrom early October to late May
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<Messages from the Staff> Please give Tochi mochi - the taste of Japanese peoples' roots - a try!

Shirakawa-go, Gasshozukuri Minkaen
Shirakawa Village, Ono County

Address2499 Ogi-machi, Shirakawa Village, Ono County[Map
Phone Number05769-6-1231
Opening Hour8:40~17:00 (March~November) / 9:00~16:00 (December~February)
HolidayNo holidays (during April to November), Thursdays (during December to March)
Parking Capacity240 cars at Seseragi Park Parking available (8:00~17:00)
Access Approx. 10 minutes by car from Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway "Shirakawago IC"
Using local "horse chestnut" with no additives, the winter taste of World Heritage "Shirakawa-go"
"Tochi mochi" is a must-try food you should enjoy in winter in the Shirakawa-go area. Rich with starch and protein, it used to be an important preserved food item when it was hard to obtain food ingredients. We generously use the fruits of horse chestnuts harvested in Shikawa Village, so its unique, strong flavor will penetrate your palate.
Service periodFrom early December to late December
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<Messages from the Staff> Tochi mochi is offered at the resting spot of our facility. Online shopping is available 1st to 25th of December. Check our Web site for more detail.