In rural villages the locals still lead a life in harmony with nature, their gastronomy attuned to the cycle of the seasons. In spring they forage wild vegetables in the wood, in summer they use the fresh mountain water to grow delicious vegetables, in autumn they pickle and dry food to make preserves, and in winter they use a natural freeze-dry technique to create unique products such as frozen tofu.
This activity will take you to one of the villages under the Yatsugatake Mountains’ shadow, in the Yamaura area, where together with a local grannie you will cook 3 or 4 traditional dishes using fresh home-grown ingredients. The menu, of course, changes every season.
Before the actual cooking starts, you also have the chance to experience some traditional farming activity such as miso making in March or vegetable pickling in November. Once everything is ready, sit at the table and enjoy a delicious meal with the grannie.
Sushi, ramen and tempura are great, but if you want to go off the gastronomy beaten track and explore the cuisine of a small mountain village, then you should try out this experience.
Sasahara is a tiny village at 1100m in the Yamaura, the rural area closer to the peaks of the Yatsugatake. 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.
Our cute grannies will welcome you to the village and offer you a taste of their daily lives. Gather some wild vegetables for a crispy tempura, harvest some fresh cucumbers to make a colorful agar cake or grind some fragrant perilla grains to go with your rustic mochi.
Here you can experience a traditional way of life attuned with the land and its seasons.
9 : 30 Meet at JR Chino Station with guide
|No. of participants||Min. 2 persons Max. 13 persons|
|Price||/ person||Adults: JPY 5,000 (tax excl.)/ person
Children under 13: JPY 2,000~3,000 (tax excl.)/ person
English-speaking guide available for an extra 4,500 yen per group
|Included in the price||Activity, Meal, 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(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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