Daioji Temple Zazen Meditation Experience
Daioji Temple has been recognized as a national valuable cultural resource for almost 600 years and has a cathedral with a thatched roof, which is uncommon in Japan. With a thatched roof cathedral, which is rare in Japan, Daioji Temple has a long history of over 600 years and has been designated as a national important cultural property At the temple, you can experience Zazen, a sitting meditation where you can look within and replenish your mind.
Visitors seated in a kamakura
Play in the snow and spend the night in a traditional home. Take a trip to a hot spring and partake of the local foods between sips of sake. Choose from a wide variety of ways to make your trip unforgettable.
Making Dried Octopus
Himakajima Island, which is famous for the high quality octopus it produces, is known as the “octopus island” where dried octopus is actively produced, and visitors can experience the process of making dried octopus. Visitors can experience the process of removing the slime from the octopus, cutting it with a knife so that it can be easily dried, and then drying it in the sun.
Connection to Ise Grand Shrine
The relationship between the Ise Grand Shrine and Shinojima has continued for a thousand years since Yamatohime-no-mikoto, who is said to have founded the Ise Grand Shrine, visited Shinojima and asked for tai long ago. Because of this relationship, Shinojima was in the territory of Ise Grand Shrine until the Keicho era, when it became a part of the Owari domain. Even today, the hunting continues, and every year a salted tai called “Onbedai” is dedicated to the shrine. Nakatejima, where the salting and processing happens, is still the domain of Ise Grand Shrine, and the promise and tradition between Shinojima and Ise Grand Shrine are upheld as always.
Experience making tofu-chikuwa, the traditional food of Tottori
In eastern Tottori Prefecture, there is a traditional food called “tofu-chikuwa,” which is a mixture of cotton (momen) tofu and white fish paste, possessing a history of about 360 years. It is said to have been created during the Edo period when the feudal lord of the Tottori domain recommended a frugal diet, telling people to eat tofu instead of fish. The chikuwa is simply made by wrapping a bamboo stick with chikuwa dough mixed in a ratio of 7 tofu to 3 fish, and baking it. At “Tofu-chikuwa La” in Tottori City, visitors can try their hand at making tofu-chikuwa. Please come and try it for yourself.
UJI TEA EXPERIENCE
There are both public and private courses in and around Uji City where you can experience a variety of tea-related activities, from tea picking to tasting, grinding stone mills, and making matcha and sencha green tea. Whether you want to learn about tea production methods, tea making, or the spirit and culture of tea, enjoy a tea experience unique to Uji City, the city of tea.
Countryside Stay -Traditional folk house-
NIPPONIA – a Japanese-style old house/storage house renovated and turned into a hotel. With no TV or clocks in the rooms, it’s reminiscent of the old days and you can take a break from busy city life. From beams, interior decoration to furniture, they’ve been kept intact for over 150 years and they have a remarkable old feel to them. The hotel has a café and a French restaurant that uses locally produced ingredients.
Myogiji Zen meditation experience
There are also Japanese experiences such as Zen meditation, matcha, tofu making at a temple, and goemon bath at an old folk house.
The Kagura no Yakata and Learning to weave straw
In Shiiba Village, enjoy kagura cuisine while taking in the ancient rituals of a night kagura performance, or sit down to a soba meal that you learned to make yourself. Let the outdoors refresh you with “forest therapy,” then learn how to roast tea leaves in Gokase or to weave straw in Hinokage. Yet another one of the many activities to enjoy in the area is mushroom picking in Morotsuka Village.
Teramachi Buddhist monk guided tour
You can also enjoy traditional Sakushu Kasuri weaving experience, traditional culture experience such as Teramachi Buddhist monk guided tour (Zen meditation, Shakyo, Matcha course), and various agricultural experience activities such as ranch life, harvest experience and farm stay.