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Taste the seasons

Cook with the village grannies (teatime version)

Price: JPY 3,000 (tax excl.) Duration: 1.5h

Activities

Explore rural Japan, delve into the variegated local cuisine

When you visit someone's house in the countryside, you will most certainly be welcomed with tea and some snacks. These teatime treats are different in every area and tell you a lot about the local food culture. Sweet or savory, they are made with local seasonal ingredients and are deeply rooted in history and traditions.

Follow us to a small rural village on the foothills of the Yatsugatake Mountains to find out what sort of delicacies are served together with tea in the Yamaura area. A cute local grannie will welcome you to her house and introduce the local gastronomy.

Every season is characterized by some sort of traditional farming task, such as preparing drying persimmons or pickled vegetables in autumn or making miso paste in winter. Our grannie will guide you through one of these fun activities so you experience the season. Depending on what you make, you may be able to bring it back home as a souvenir (ex. hand-made miso paste, pickles etc.)

After getting a taste of country 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, there are plenty of unique and tasty recipes to choose from. 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.

Meet our grannies

Sasahara is a tiny village at 1100m in the Yamaura, the rural area right under the Mountains’ shadow. For centuries the locals have led a life in harmony with the mountains, enjoying nature’s blessings whenever possible and using their ancestors’ wisdom to turn nature’s challenges into opportunities when necessary.

Local grannies are the ones whose role is to protect this wisdom and pass it on to the next generation. Some of them were born and bred in the village, others came here after getting married to a local, others yet moved in later in life, but they all have something in common: their love for the region and their determination to protect the unique gastronomy of the area.

Sasahara Village grannies

INFORMATION

Period All year
Due Date 10 days prior the date of the activity
Duration 1.5h
Schedule

13:30 Meet at JR Chino Station with guide
14:00 Activity starts
Our grannies will explain about the local culture and how it influences the food. They will also introduce today's snack and ingredients.
14:10 Seasonal farming experience- Let's prepare our own ingredients! (ex. March: miso making, Jul~Aug: summer vegetable picking etc.)
14:40 Cooking time (1~2 snacks)
15:00 Time to enjoy our tea break with the grannies
15:30 Activity ends

*The activity is also available in the morning.

No. of participants Min. 2 persons Max. 13 persons
Price / person Adults: JPY 3,000 (tax excl.)
Children under 13: JPY 1,250 (tax excl.)
Children under 3: Free of charge
Included in the price Activity, English-speaking guide, Insurance
Payment method Credit Card
Cancellation policy from 7 days prior to activity day : 30%
from 3 days prior to activity day : 50%
1 day before the activity day : 70%
the activity day : 100%
Access 20min by car from JR Chino Station *Free transfer available(On request/(It depends on date and number of people) ) *Vegetarian and vegan options available. If you have any allergy or other dietary restriction, please inform the staff at the moment of reservation

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