•  Omihachiman Suigo Meguri (SUKIYAKI)

    Omihachiman Suigo Meguri (SUKIYAKI)

    Shiga History Facilities・Townscapes Food

    The origin of suigo meguri can be traced back four hundred years to when Toyotomi Hidetsugu, a nephew of Toyotomi Hideyoshi went boating, a recreational activity often enjoyed by the imperial court. Look out on clumps of reeds, listen to the oars and the chirping of birds, smell the water and reeds, and feel the rocking of the rowboat...experience nature while eating piping hot sukiyaki on board the boat. Sukiyaki served on the Suigo Meguri is popular at any time of year.


    Omihachiman City, Shiga Prefecture

  •   Kano Shojuan - Sunai no Sato

    Kano Shojuan - Sunai no Sato

    Shiga Nature Facilities・Townscapes Food

    On the banks of the Setagawa river, the only river that emerges from Lake Biwa, find Sunai no Sato, a hilly spot of nearly 21 hectares. Here, plum and citron trees grow, and the farmers pursue the ideal in traditional Japanese sweets-making. The village uses the natural mountain stream, and the forested area is used as a walking trail, and many hundreds of wild flowers bloom here to calm the spirits of those who visit. In addition to walking, visitors can also stay for a meal. There are many souvenirs for sale here that are not available elsewhere.


    Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture

  •  Enryaku-ji


    Shiga Nature History Food

    Enryaku-ji temple on Mt. Hiei is the head temple of the Tendai Sect, with over 1200 years of history, and it was designated a World Heritage Site in 1994. Enjoy beautiful scenery such as cherry blossoms in spring and red leaves in autumn, and look out on Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa, also known as the Pond of the Healing Buddha. In this atmosphere full of gravity as the training ground for Tendai Sect members, visitors can enjoy a serene and quiet moment trying zazen meditation and copying Buddhist scripture.


    Otsu City, Shiga Prefecture

  •  Tea plantations of Shirasu-Ishidera

    Tea plantations of Shirasu-Ishidera

    Kyoto Nature Industry・Technology Food

    In the south-east of the Yamashiro region, Wazuka is home to Uji tea plantations that run to the top of the mountain. With clean air and a chilly climate, there is a big difference in temperatures between day and night, and it's a perfect place to grow delicious tea. Wazuka was first planted with tea in the Kamakura period, and those pioneers hoed the slopes, growing tea plants and re-planting when the plants grew old. Through repeating this work unceasingly, the tea plantations and the village became one, creating a beautiful traditional Japanese landscape as Japan's "home of tea".


    Wazuka, Soraku District, Kyoto Prefecture

  •  Nada-Gogo (Five Villages of Nada) in Kobe

    Nada-Gogo (Five Villages of Nada) in Kobe

    Hyogo History Facilities・Townscapes Industry・Technology Food

    The Nada-Gogo in Kobe City is one of the greatest sake brewing districts in Japan. The foundation of sake produced by the Nada-Gogo is Yamada Nishiki rice, a rice variety ideal for brewing sake, and Miyamizu water, a hard water discovered in the early half of the 19th century. Embark on a tasting tour of some of the more than 30 breweries that together produce about a third of all the sake made in Japan.


    Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture

  •  Kakinoha-sushi


    Nara Food

    Kakinoha-sushi is a rectangular, bit-sized mackerel sushi wrapped in a persimmon leave. It has been served as a feast at a summer festival. It was originally made in Kishu Region (Wakayama Prefecture) in mid Edo period. Fishmen carried salt-marinated mackerels, caught in Kumanonada Sea, and sold them to the people in mountain villages along the Yoshino River in order to pay high taxes to the government. Summer festivals were held around the same period as the mackerel season. Therefore, the sushi became a feast at a summer festival.


    Nara Prefecture

  •  Arida Mandarin Oranges (Orange Picking)

    Arida Mandarin Oranges (Orange Picking)

    Wakayama Nature Industry・Technology Food

    Arida is known nationwide as a producing area for Arida Mandarin Oranges, with 400 years of history and tradition. Sawako Ariyoshi's novel, Aridagawa, states "The whole mountain in its golden splendour made me question my own eyes"The mountain, split down the middle by the Aridagawa River, is orange with mandarins from October to December. Additionally, in May the orange flowers bloom, and Arida City is enveloped in the aroma of orange flowers. Visitors are invited to come and pick mandarin oranges here in the most famous mandarin-producing region.


    Arida City, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Katsuura Fishing Port

    Katsuura Fishing Port

    Wakayama Facilities・Townscapes Industry・Technology Food

    The Nachi Katsuura Fishing Port boasts the largest volume of non-frozen bluefin tuna in Japan. Visitors can view the bluefin auctions, and can enjoy fresh bluefin as sashimi and in other dishes at the restaurants, hotels, and inns in the town.


    Nachikatsuura, Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Sun-dried Pickled Plums

    Sun-dried Pickled Plums

    Wakayama Industry・Technology Food

    Wakayama Prefecture's pickled plums are the top brand among pickled plums.


    Minabe, Wakayama Prefecture

  •  Local Cuisine in an Old Folk House

    Local Cuisine in an Old Folk House

    Tokushima Facilities・Townscapes Food

    Togenkyo Iya's mountain hamlet folk home stay. Even in the remote Iya Valley, this spot is even more remote. Folk homes in Ochiai, a picturesque hamlet in Higashi-iya were renovated and opened as accommodation facilities in 2012. Guests can chose to enjoy simple local family cuisine as an option. The smiles of local motherly hosts will surely help guests forget the hustle and bustle of city life.


    Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture