Starting from visiting Kyoto’s kitchen, Nishiki Food Market, we will travel to off-the-beaten rural farms which provide ingredients to citizens in Kyoto, learn
The tour starts from visiting Nishiki Food Market, known as "Kyoto's kitchen", where guests can learn about key seasonings of washoku, Japanese traditional food in the first place. Then, we will take an hour bus ride to Ohara village, located in the north of Kyoto. Historically, Ohara has been the place to produce ingredients to ancient town of Kyoto, and developed food cultures such as tsukemono (pickle) or shibazuke. Farmers are still producing major "kyoyasai" Kyoto vegetables till now.
One of the highlights is visiting an organic farm, "Purple Farm Fujioka" and learn home-style cooking from the local farm shop "Schop and Hoe" at a traditional farm-house. You will learn not only about the food ingredients but also have special time to experience the daily life of Japanese organic farmers. Local community people are very eager to welcome you for the lunch time together.
Ohara is also well known for its hidden temples such as Jakkoin and Sanzenin. After lunch, guests have time to walk around the tranquil village of Ohara before heading back to Kyoto Station.
9:00-10:00 NIshiki market
10:27-11:14 bus from ShijoKawaramachi -> Ohara Umenomiya
11:30-12:30 Noenkan Introduction
12:30-14:30 simple cooking
14:40-16:00 Sightseeing in Ohara
16:00-17:00 bus from Ohara to Kyoto station
Anytime if available (please inquire at least 2 weeks before the tour date)
At your hotel in Kyoto
guide fee, cooking experience, lunch at organic farm
Price Doesn't Include:
transportation fee (you and guide) : 550 JPY from Kyoto to Ohara / one way
entrance fee for Sanzen-in temple (you and guide) : 700 JPY
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After studying agro-ecology for masters degree in the Netherlands, I travelled around small villages in India, Bhutan and Japan to learn about traditional food culture and ethnology. I organize off-the-beaten village tours and arranges various experiences especially related to food culture and sustainable rural livelihoods. I try my best to organize a trip with unique experience for you in the off-the-beaten rural villages, especially in Kyoto and Nara, such as cooking with locals, visit farmers, or stay at a farmhouse.
- tea tour (harvesting and processing tea, tea house, matcha poder making, tea museum in Kyoto)
- traditional handicrafts (visit workshops, pottery making experience, kiln in hidden valley)
- culinary experience (food processing workshop such as tofu, soba, yuba, somen noodle, traditional knowledge of food preservation)
- fermented food products (learning how to make sake, shoyu, miso, amazake, pickle, nattou, umeboshi by yourself)
- plant and ethno-ecology (sansai wild plant harvesting and cooking)
- learning rural livelihood (charcoal making, weaving trees, paper making from mulberry plant, silk worm, visit to temple of plant medicine)
- temple stay (meditation, shojin ryori at mount koya)
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