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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

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  • A great choice for visitors wanting an authentic local experience 
  • Learn how to make mochi rice cakes with a guide to translate for you
  • Visit local towns like Ogi that would be difficult to get to alone
  • Lunch and taxi ride is included
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Immerse yourself in Japanese traditions with this guided tour of the countryside outside Kyoto. You’ll visit smaller villages that many travelers don’t see, and experience what life is like for local farmers. Learn how to make mochi (rice cakes), visit rice fields and a shrine, and hear about Japanese rituals. Your guide handles navigation and helps with translation, and included lunch and taxi fare make for a hassle-free trip.
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After meeting your guide at a pre-arranged spot, you'll travel together in a taxi to Ogi village, set in the Japanese countryside. You’ll learn about the local agriculture, as you walk through the rice fields, which date back 1,300 years. Understand the importance of Shintoism to Japanese people by visiting Ogura shrine.
A highlight of the day is visiting a local rice farmer’s house. You’ll be handed a giant mallet, and take part in a mochi rice cake making lesson. As you bash steaming sticky rice, it’ll begin to form into dough for rice cakes. You’ll learn about the local way of making mochi (with fermented soy beans), and you’ll also watch some other cooking preparations too. The local farmer will make sukiyaki (a type of hot pot with meat and vegetables) and tell you about local Japanese life. The tour will end at JR Ogotoonsen station.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was so much more than simply making mochi. We were met at the local station by our English speaking guide, Misako (married to an Englishman) who took us by taxi to a shrine close to the farm village. Misako explained all about the shrine,...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was definitely a fantastic experience. Having arrived on the train from Kyoto we first went by taxi to the local shrine. It was raining so we had the place to ourselves and the two guides carefully explained everything. It was a simple but very...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family of 5: grandparents, parents, and 4 year old granddaughter LOVED this entire experience led by our extraordinary guide, Keiko Burkholder, first to an ancient Shinto shrine then a walk past rice fields into the rice farm of the wonderful Mr. and M rs....More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. For me the best travel experience is to enjoy small villages and the countryside. This provides an opportunity to know local people, relate with them, learn about and have them share there way of life. Making the mochi was great fun and special knowing...More

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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Philip-san, Thank you so much for the wonderful review. Both Keiko and Kosakas enjoyed hosting the tour & sharing the table with you. How was Lake Biwa? We thought the water wasn't warm enough to swim but the local people's hospitality made you warm...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having already enjoyed a sushi-making class and a traditional tea ceremony during the first week of our two-week visit to Japan, we weren't sure that the day trip from Tokyo to Ogotoonsen was going to be the best use of our time... how wrong we...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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LacBiwa, マネージャー at Tour du Lac Biwa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking time to leave such a wonderful comment on our tour. All of us including Tsuji-san & the ladies had truly enjoyed hosting the tour for your group. The organic homegrown vegetables are super delicious even for us locals and...More

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