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Immerse yourself in the rhythms and traditions of life in a Japanese village during this 3-hour visit to the town of Ogi, including a ‘mochi’-making lesson (Japanese rice cakes). Walk amidst the terraced rice fields of this picturesque town, discovering its more than 1,300 years of rice farming history. Then visit the home of a local farmer, learning the techniques to make ‘mochi’ while enjoying the warm hospitality of this friendly resident and his wife. A guide, plus lunch, mochi class and train from Kyoto are included.

Highlights

  • Explore the picturesque village of Ogi while enjoying a lesson on how to make mochi rice cakes
  • Admire the stunning views of the surrounding area rice terraces during a walk in the village
  • Learn about the area's role in more than 1,300 years of rice farming
  • Join a local farmer and his wife as you learn to prepare 'mochi' (Japanese rice cakes)
  • Get a sense for daily life among Japan's countryside residents

What You Can Expect

Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

Enjoy delicious Chicken Sukiyaki lunch!

Customer Reviews

Sarah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing! I can't recommend it highly enough! The tour, and the wonderful guides, were definitely one of the highlights of our 3 week stay in Japan. Included in our tour party were my 2 and 4 year old children. The guides and farmer's family went over and above to cater for our family. We experienced a wonderful insight into Japanese lifestyle and shrine etiquette. We all enjoyed attempting to pound the rice before enjoying an amazing lunch prepared by the farmer and his wife. We can't thank you enough for a most enjoyable day.

Eva D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We really enjoyed the mochi rice cake making tour. After a short visit of a local shrine, we were warmly welcomed at the local rice farmer's house and got valuable insights into the local traditions and customs. Great experience!

Heather A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I cannot recommend this tour and Tour du Lac enough this day was a highlight of our trip. Our guide was on time, friendly, helpful, and took us on a mini-adventure that gave us the exact insight into actual life in Japan that we had hoped for, along with a great lesson on shrine etiquette and the most amazing lunch in our hosts' house.

Thank you so much - my son and I will remember this day always!

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