Aitoen” is a farm that has won awards in a number of competitions, including the “World Famous Tea Award”. Why not enjoy the relaxing hospitality while listening to the stories of the owner and his wife on the veranda of the old folk house “Kotori” or on the terrace of the deck overlooking the Oi River?
Tsuchiya Farm Sky Terrace
This tea farm is located in the Orokubo district, which is 600 meters above sea level and is one of the highest areas in the town of Kawanehon, and is the highest certified producer of the Chagusaba farming method, a World Agricultural Heritage Site. The tea fields on the steep slopes are truly tea gardens in the sky, with views of the magnificent nature. On the open-air terrace overlooking the tea fields and surrounded by the sky and the mountains, you can relax and enjoy the delicious Kawane tea while listening to the sounds of nature.
A hands-on food park to showcase the “Green Tea, Farming and Tourism in the Oigawa Basin. Tea Marche, a unique green tea experience and menu with tea; Vegetable Marche, a fresh produce experience; Da Monde, a buffet restaurant to enjoy local produce with a view of steam engines and retro trains; Tea and…, a café to enjoy fruit in a casual way; a children’s park called “Chamekke”. We have a cafe where you can enjoy fruit in a casual atmosphere, a children’s park called “Chamekke” where families with children can enjoy leisurely fun, and a TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER called “Ooi Navi” that introduces sightseeing spots in the Oigawa Basin. This is a facility where you can enjoy eating, drinking, shopping, and experiencing to the fullest.
Yoichi Wagyu is trademarked, A5 Wagyu beef made in Ohtawara, Tochigi. Touted as the “Home of great Wagyu Beef, Ohtawara’s wagyu beef is of the highest quality and full of umami.
Tentaka Brewery (Brewery Tour & Tastings)
With the perfect climate for sake-making, soil, and subterranean water, Otawara’s sake has won several awards at international competitions. At Tentaka Sake Brewery, you can tour the brewery and enjoy samplings.
Enjoy seasonal shellfish! [Todai Dyaya]
Todai Dyaya is a tourist attraction on Cape Irago, at the point of the Atsumi Peninsula. Freshly gathered shellfish are lined up in the aquarium at the storefront, and you can taste live, seasonal shellfish such as Atsumi Peninsula’s famous gigantic clams and rock oysters. Seafood set lunches and seafood bowls cooked with seasonal local fish are also available.
Enjoy seasonal fresh fish [Ichiba Shokudo]
Delicious ‘Ichiba-don (seafood bowl),’ their signature dish, is made with seasonal, fresh fish that is sent straight from the market. You can take a tour of the fish market and have fun witnessing the live auctions.
Enjoy early spring in Atsumi by picking strawberries! [Nikken Farm]
Strawberries grow in greenhouses that are bathed in sunlight in the warm climate of Tahara City on the Atsumi Peninsula. From January to mid-May, you can pick juicy and sweet strawberries at Nikken Farm.
Aso takana pickles and mustard greens rice
Takana is a traditional vegetable grown in the cold climate and volcanic ash soil of Aso, and it is unique in that it is harvested by hand rather than machine. Pickling Aso Takana with salt and red chili peppers results in Aso Takana pickles. The lush new pickles are also popular, but “takanameshi” is made by fermenting old pickles with lactic acid for half a year. It is then finely chopped, stir-fried in oil, and mixed with rice, and is widely enjoyed at home and in local restaurants.
Charcoal-grilled Akagyu Beef, Akadozuke & Tsukemono pickles
Specializing in Aso grassland-raised and grass-fed red meat, Akagyu beef is served over a hearth along with seasonal vegetables from the area like taro and tofu that has been fried in rich spring water. It is grilled over charcoal before served. To fully experience the life and food of Aso’s farmers, finish your meal with mustard greens rice, traditional pickles like red pickled vegetables, and a soup called “dagojiru” filled with plenty of local vegetables.