FoodFarming and Everyday life
An exclusive glance at everyday life in a nostalgic hamlet tucked away in the Mountains of Nagano

Rural Village Half-day Walking Tour in Nagano

Price: JPY 8,800/person Duration: 3.5 hr


Stroll through a rural village out of an old tale and whip up a traditional teatime snack with a local grannie

Have you ever wondered what life is like in the rural side of Japan - far from the busy streets of metropolitan Tokyo?
Exploring the countryside can be a thrilling adventure but, without a local friend to show you around, visiting a non-touristic destination poses a few challenges.
One option is to take part in a homestay experience. Another is to join our private walking and gastronomic tour.

The setting is a tiny hamlet in the countryside of Nagano that looks out of an old Japanese tale.
The guide is a local grandpa who can get you exclusive access to the village's best-kept secret spots. And of course, for the food-related part, you will be under the care of the best in the field - a local grannie.

It will be like a treasure hunt, cruising the narrow winding alleys in search of antique architecture and funny plaster art. The guide will take you to small shrines where the locals worship nature and lead you through delightful Japanese gardens decorated with well-trimmed pine and yew trees. Some villagers may invite you inside their houses, built centuries ago by skillful artisans. He will also show you the traditional take on street art, relief drawings made of plaster that decorate the antique earthen warehouses.

Now that you are familiar with the village lifestyle, pay a local grannie's house to sample some mouth-watering traditional treats.
In the region, every season is characterized by traditional farming tasks, such as preparing drying persimmons in autumn or foraging in spring. Our grannie will guide you through one of these fun activities so that you experience the season. After getting a taste of farming life, it is time to start cooking. You will use genuine locally-grown ingredients and prepare a typical seasonal delicacy to go with your tea. Perhaps you will cut summer vegetables into slices to decorate a colorful agar cake, or maybe you will mash some steaming rice to make rustic mochi to go with an edamame or perilla paste. Once everything is ready, sit at the table with the grannie and enjoy the fruit of your work while sipping some tea.

*An English-speaking guide will be with you all the time, so you can ask the locals any question that comes to your mind.


Period All year
Please note that from December to March, it is very cold outside.
Due Date 7 days before the tour
Duration 3.5 hr


Arrival at the rural village
Guided walk around the village


Meet our grannie and experience a seasonal farming task


Cooking time
Prepare one or two traditional treats


Tea time


Activity ends

No. of participants Min. 2 persons / Max. 8 persons
It is possible to organize the tour for bigger groups. Please consult our team.
Price / person Adult (ages 12+):
With 2 participants: JPY 8,800/person
With 3 participants: JPY 7,517/person
With 4 participants: JPY 6,875/person
With 5 participants: JPY 6,490/person

Child (ages 4-11):
JPY 1,375/person

Child (ages 0-3): Free

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

(All prices tax incl.)
Included in the price Activity fee, ingredients, English-speaking guide, insurance
Payment method Credit card
Cancellation policy 7 days prior: 30% of total amount
3 days prior: 50% of total amount
1 day prior: 70% of total amount
Day of activity: 100% of total amount
Access 20 min by car from JR Chino Station
Vegetarian and vegan options available. If you have any allergies or other dietary restrictions, please inform the staff at the time of reservation.