Traditional Food Culture

Brewery tour

Shiga Fujii Honke

Enjoy tasting of homemade delicious sake that was brewed by sake brewers from Noto (Ishikawa Prefecture) with their best craftsmanship, using underground aquifer water of the Echi River, which rises in the Suzuka mountain system on the east side of Lake Biwa in Omi (Shiga Prefecture), and Omi rice, cultivar which is perfect for sake brewing including Tamasakae brand rice.

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Making Japanese sweets

Shiga Kanou Shojuan Sunai no Sato

A genuine wagashi (Japanese sweets) making experience at Kanou Shojuan, a long-established wagashi shop in Shiga Prefecture. Kanou Shojuan is located by the Seta-gawa River flowing out of Lake Biwa. Enjoy the tea ceremony, meals and a walk around the facility.

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Factory tour, tasting

Shiga Ayuya no Sato

At the factory, you can enjoy watching the manufacturing process of the products including Tsukudani (food simmered in sweetened soy sauce) of fish from Lake Biwa, one of the local dishes of Shiga Prefecture, as well as tasting them. Foods are handmade by craftsmen with carefully selected ingredients using modern procedures.

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Tea ceremony experience (making and serving matcha green tea)

Kyoto Uji City municipal tea house Taiho-an

At Taihoan, an authentic tea house near Byodoin Temple (World Heritage Site), a bowl of green tea from Uji, the home of tea, is made and served together with seasonal Japanese sweets, following the tea ceremony procedures. All visitors are welcome, including beginners.

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Museum tour: Kyoto Food Culture

Kyoto Kyoto Food Culture Museum: Ajiwai-kan

This is the museum where you can learn about the food culture of Kyoto. In the exhibition room, you can enjoy the exhibits and image display, tasting of Dashi (broth), juice made from fresh fruit and other ingredients from the market, as well as shopping for souvenirs.

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Brewery tour/Tasting of sake, etc.

Kyoto Fushimi Sake Brewers Association / Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum

Seishu (refined sake) is made in the rich nature and climate of Fushimi, and then refined by Kyoto culture. In Fushimi, a sake producing region representing Japan, there are many sake breweries where you can enjoy tours, sampling, and shopping, and sake museums as well.

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Brewery tour/Tasting of sake, etc.

Kyoto Fushimi Sake Brewers Association / Kizakura Fushimi-gura

Seishu (refined sake) is made in the rich nature and climate of Fushimi, and then refined by Kyoto culture. In Fushimi, a sake producing region representing Japan, there are many sake breweries where you can enjoy tours, sampling, and shopping, and sake museums as well.

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Hand-kneaded udon noodles making

Osaka Miyoshiya

Enjoy making Udon which has supported the health of Japanese people, listening to the interesting talk of the popular owner of the shop, that was founded in 1987. Two kinds of dipping broth (bonito/curry) are available.

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Japanese home cooking and table manners

Osaka Washoku Home Cooking

Enjoy the tea ceremony, Japanese home cooking, making Sushi, Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki with Machiko sensei. Machiko sensei has Japanese teaching experience overseas and will instruct you kindly and thoroughly at her home school.

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Sushi chef experience

Osaka DOGUYA SUJI manufacturing experience

Enjoy learning how to make genuine Sushi at TOKISUSHI, a very popular sushi bar in Sennichimae. After the sushi chef, owner of a kitchen knife shop in Doguya-suji explains about Japanese kitchen knives at his shop, you change into a sushi craftsman uniform at a uniform shop, then you are ready to make sushi yourself.

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Ryurei Teicha (tea ceremony using stools and tables) and the Japanese traditional tea ceremony experience in an authentic tea room

Osaka Sakai Risho No Mori

Sakai Risho no Mori, or Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko, is a cultural tourist facility that introduces Sen-no-Rikyu, a tea master and a poet Yosano Akiko, both from Sakai City. Enjoy matcha green tea and Japanese sweets sitting on the stool. You can also experience making green tea yourself under instruction from one of the three Sen-family experts.

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Watching Japanese sweets making

Osaka Sakai City Traditional Crafts Museum

The museum displays and sells traditional crafts related to Sakai City. You can watch and feel the expert techniques of craftsmen of cutting tools, incense, rugs and Japanese sweets shown right in front of you. Demonstrations of kitchen knife grinding and resharpening are given regularly.

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Brewery tour, tasting of sake, shopping for sake

Hyogo Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum

The building of the museum is their old sake brewery which was built in the 1910s. You can learn all about the sake brewing process through their well-constructed exhibition.

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Demonstration: sorting process of somen noodles

Hyogo Ibonoito Museum "Somen-no-Sato"

A facility where you can experience the traditional techniques of making "Tenobe Somen Ibonoito" (hand-kneaded somen noodles), which is well known and eaten all over Japan, as well as the taste of Ibonoito. After learning about the methods and procedures, enjoy delicious somen dishes at the restaurant.

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Soba making experience

Hyogo Izushi-soba

The soba served on a small, beautiful white Izushi porcelain plate represents Izushi. The Soba Dojo (workshop) was opened in the hope of having you enjoy soba making and the taste of the Izushi sara-soba (soba on a plate) you have just made.

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Brewery tour, tasting of sake, shopping for sake

Hyogo Nada no Sake

Nada no Sake is produced thanks to a good combination of Yamada Nishiki (rice), Miyamizu (water from Mt.Rokko). In addition to the natural blessing of the environment, continued efforts of brewers has improved the quality of Nada no Sake year by year. Visit many breweries where you can enjoy brewery tours and free tasting.

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Tea Ceremony

Nara Jikoin Zen Temple

Jikoin is a Zen temple where you can experience the integrated presentation of tea ceremony in Nara, the birthplace of Wabi-cha (a simple tea ceremony). Green tea is served as you sit in the Shoin drawing room (National Important Cultural Property).

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Making Wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets)

Nara Neiraku Kashitsukasa Nakanishi Yosaburo

At the Wagashi shop in a 130-year old house in Naramachi, which is lined with the similar kind of traditional Machiya townhouses, you can make original sweets which entertains your five senses, and eat them with green tea. You can take away the sweets.

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Tea ceremony

Nara Kissako An

You can experience the formal tea ceremony at a very reasonable price here. The owner of Kissako An is serious about the water, green tea powder, and the tea bowl he uses to attentively serve each of you one bowl of green tea at a time, so that you can enjoy the genuine taste and flavor of matcha.

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Sake tasting

Nara Imanishi Sake Brewery

Imanishi Sake Brewery is a long-established and the last remaining brewery adjacent to Omiwa Jinja, which is the oldest shrine in Japan and has been devoutly worshipped as a deity of sake brewing. After explanation of sake brewing, enjoy tasting several types of sake.

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Factory tour, tasting

Wakayama Yuasa Soy Sauce Co., Ltd.

At this soy sauce brewery in Yuasa, Kishu (Wakayama Prefecture), which has been said to be the birthplace of soy sauce, the product is made with the utmost care. Enjoy tasting and shopping for soy sauce, Kinzanji miso (fermented soy beans), and even a soy sauce icecream cone.

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Umeshu (plum liquor) making, factory tour

Wakayama NAKANO BC Co., Ltd.

You can experience making Umeshu and Ume syrup using big and high quality Nanko-ume, a specialty of Wakayama Prefecture. Enjoy tasting and shopping, as well as strolling around our beautiful Japanese garden.

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Factory tour, tasting

Wakayama NAKATA FOODS CO., LTD.

NAKATA FOODS manufactures and sells Umeboshi (pickled plum) and Umeshu (plum liquor) in Kishu (Wakayama Prefecture), a major production area of ume. Enjoy tasting Umeboshi and Umeshu, shopping for various kinds of ume processed products as well as viewing 15 kinds of ume trees.

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Cooking local dishes

Tokushima Oboke Iya Hot Springs

You can enjoy tasting dishes such as Iya soba (buckwheat noodles) and Dekomawashi (roasted skewered tofu and vegetables glazed with miso), both of which are local dishes of Oboke Iya. Facilities are available where you can experience cooking local dishes and soba making.

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New Food Culture

Making bread and other foods/Harvesting farm products/local Tango dishes

Kyoto Michi-no-Eki (roadside rest area) Tango Kingdom "Shoku-no-Miyako"

A food theme park in the Tango Area including a hotel with a hot spring spa. A market and a petting zoo are also available. Please contact us in advance if you want to experience making sushi or other dishes for lunch.

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Original CUPNOODLES making

Osaka The Instant Ramen Museum

At the museum of instant ramen, which originated in Osaka in 1958, you can design your cup, choose your favorite soup out of four types, and four toppings out of twelve ingredients to make your own CUPNOODLES.

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Baking Workshop

Hyogo Henri Charpentier

You can participate in a workshop and bake financiers and madeleines.

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Dining

Hyogo Kobe Beef

Kobe Beef as the symbol of Kobe cuisine has established its world-wide brand of Wagyu. It has been satisfying visitors both mentally and physically every day. Enjoy the well-rounded texture and the sweet flavor, continuing fascinating groumet celeblities from all over the world.

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Shopping/Dining

Hyogo Kobe Sweets

The savor and techniques brought into Japan from Europe after the opening of Kobe Port have led to the development of Kobe Sweets, thanks to the originality and ingenuity added by Kobe confectioners. The streets in Kobe are dotted with delicious cake shops.

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Visiting Ramen shops

Wakayama Wakayama Chukasoba and Ramen

Ramen in Wakayama is also called Chukasoba. Please come and visit the Ramen shops, each of which is serious about creating unique and original Ramen. Enjoy different tastes at different Ramen shops.

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Minamiawa-don/Farm-fresh market

Tokushima Shikoku no Migishita (Migiagari)

Southern Tokushima Prefecture has a rich variety of foodstuffs. There are many direct sales shops where you can enjoy eating and shopping for Tokushima specialties, including Minamiawa-don (rice in a bowl topped with specialties nurtured in abundant nature).

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Hands-on Food Experiences

Vegetable harvesting/Cooking class

Shiga JA Ohmifuji Farmer's Market Ohminchi

At Ohminchi, one of the biggest farmer's markets in Shiga Prefecture, you can enjoy cooking safe and fresh vegetables harvested from the farm inside the facility, where an all-you-can-eat buffet that serves dishes of local ingredients is also available.

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Fruit harvesting (peaches, grapes, Japanese pears and others)

Kyoto Fruits Oukoku Yasaka

A sight-seeing orchard located on the Tango Peninsula that is rich in nature. Enjoy all-you-can-eat harvesting of fruit from summer through autumn. Juice, gelato, and other food are also available at the cafe area.

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Shopping for local product

Kyoto RoadsideStation Miyama Fureai Hiroba

Miyama is famous for Kayabuki-no-sato, the quaint village of thatched roof houses. This is one of the best spots for shopping in Miyama, with tasty seasonal foods and locally grown ingredients lining the shelves of the local store, Furatto Miyama. Miyama Milk gelato with variety of flavours and fresh local milk are available at Miyama Milk Studio.

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Harvesting fruit (grapes, pears, persimmons and strawberries)

Hyogo Fruit picking

Experiencing farming in Kobe is unique in a way of tasting high quality fruit in the 30min drive away suburbs of the sophisticated and fashionable urban city. Enjoy the delicious and fresh Kobe Fruit, grown with much care and love.

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Shopping for local products/Dining

Hyogo Michi-no-Eki (roadside rest area) "Tajima-no-Mahoroba"

The "Tajima-no-Mahoroba" building, styled after an ancient government office in the tumulus period, is located near the Asago Archaeological Center "Acient Asago Museum". With an abundant variety of local specialties, "Tajima-no-Mahoroba" was chosen Japan's 2nd best Michi-no-Eki by TripAdvisor travelers.

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Making ice cream and other dairy treats

Tottori Daisen Home of Milk

Mt. Daisen is the highest peak in the Chugoku region. The entire area surrounding Mt. Daisen is designated as a national park. At Daisen Home of Milk, you can make ice cream and other foods using milk fresh from Daisen ranch cows. There is also a restaurant that serves dishes using local farm produce.

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Shopping for marine products/Dining

Tottori Sakai Fishing Port

Take a tour of the fishing port where seasonal catches including crab and tuna are landed. You can purchase and enjoy fresh seafood directly from one of the many seafood vendors in the area.

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Learning more about pears/Pear samples

Tottori Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum

Worthy of the number one producer of 20th Century Pears in Japan, Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum is Japan’s only museum focused on pears. Several kinds of pears can be sampled all throughout the year. There is also an exhibit on pears from around the world as well as a pear garden.

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Shopping for marine products/Dining

Tottori Tottori Harbour Seafood Market Karoichi

A fish market with a wide variety of marine products freshly landed at the Karo harbour in Tottori. Not only can you enjoy fresh seafood dishes but also local-brand beef and farm produce at the adjacent produce stands.

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Harvesting the bounty of the land and sea/Meals served by families engaged in agriculture, forestry, or fishery

Tokushima Tokushima Noringyoka Minshuku" (guest houses run by families engaged in agriculture, forestry, or fishery)

You can experience the food culture that has been handed down in the area, through the dishes served at Minshuku (guest houses) of friendly families of farmers, forest workers or fishermen.

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GIBIER cuisine

Tokushima AWA GIBIER

The meat and products of hunted wild boar and deer, nurtured by the nature of Tokushima, are named "AWA GIBIER," which you can savor at various places in Tokushima Prefecture.

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Restaurant information and recommendations

Kyoto Kawaramachi Sanjo Tourist Information Center

Our concierge will provide you with restaurant information in response to your request at Machinaka where many hotels and commercial facilities are located. Brochures and the Internet to search for restaurants are available too.

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Dining

Hyogo Restaurant "Kaede"

At this restaurant, you can enjoy Tajima beef at a reasonable price. Restaurant "Kaede" is located next to Refresh Park Yumura where you can enjoy onsen in swimsuits.

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