Hatsu-Uma Dango

In Shirakawa-go and other areas in Gifu Prefecture where sericulture used to thrive, each family makes cocoon-shaped dumplings (Hatsu-Uma dango) every year on the first day of the horse (Hatsu-Uma) in February according to the lunar calendar, hoping they will cultivate a lot of silkworms.
Today, it is still a popular sweet enjoyed at home for its simple taste.

Read the recipe

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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"
The traditional flavor is carefully crafted into each one
In Shirakawa-go, people have been eating dumplings by making dumpling soup served with tofu and green cabbage, putting them in zenzai and oshiruko after grilling them, or dipping them with miso or sugared soy sauce. We also recommend frying them and topping them with daikon radish and tempura sauce, or boiling them and then grilling them in a toaster with cheese, ketchup, salt, and pepper.
Service periodJanuary 25 to late February
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<Messages from the Staff> These are dumplings made from rice and glutinous rice from Shirakawa Village. Please try them. For more information, please visit our website.
Hatsu-Uma Dango recipe
Ingredients :

(serves 4)
・60g rice flour
・16g soybean flour
・12g sugar
・0.8g salt


①Add boiling water to rice flour and knead well, and when it becomes as soft as an earlobe, make it into round, cocoon-shaped dumplings.

②Mix soybean flour, sugar, and salt well.

③Boil the dumplings in ① and coat them with ②.

The recipe source:Gifu Prefecture School Dietician Association

※Recipes vary by region and family.