SATOYAMA CYCLING TOUR
From the old days, Japanese people have co-existed with nature by nurturing a sustainable way of living. We call the community where people live in harmony with nature "SATOYAMA" which can be found in sceneries like well -grown rice fields, green mountains and preserved thatched house architectures. In order to get the inside of authentic Japanese life and culture, we offer a Satoyama cycling tour. You can enjoy the nature, the local taste, and feel the SATOYAMA spirit.
- min 2 persons. 18,000 JPY + tax / person
- A group of 3 or more can get a discount of 5,000JPY each.
Including guide, lunch, sake tasting and rental bike, helmet, insurance.
※SATOYAMA, in Japanese refers to a sustainable settlements or regions where nature and humans closely live together in harmony. In Japan, from more than 10,000 years ago formed SATOYAMA, that consequently nourished our culture of food, architecture, festival or even spiritual belief like Shintoism. However, since the modernization of Meiji era, the society followed so much of efficiency and urbanization that deteriorated SATOYAMA culture, as well as its regions.
Place to visit
Confectioneries made with old-fashioned recipes, which are handed down from father to son, so you can enjoy an authentic taste.
Sugi Sushi and Local specialty Cooking Class with Chef
Take a cooking class under Chef Masakazu Hatadan, owner of Suehiro restaurant, famous for its cedar-wrapped mackerel sushi, or Sugi Sushi which is unique to Keihoku. Learn how to make Sugi Sushi from scratch, starting from sushi rice making, to wrapping the fish in cedar paper. You will also learn how to cook local specialties or other Japanese seafood dishes such as Tempura rolls, Chirashi Sushi and Dashimaki Sushi.
Joshoko-ji Zen Temple Visit
As magnificent as the temples you find in Kyoto city, but without the touristic crowds. Joshoko-ji is a Zen temple with a beautiful Zen garden where you can even take time to practice meditation. Founded by the retired Emperor Kogon in 1362, the temple grounds are a sprawling 12,000 metres square which include the temple building, garden and a mountain. It was designated as a historical and natural conservation site of Kyoto.
Yamaguni Shrine Visit
At the very core of Japanese people's philosophy lies Shintoism, a belief that gods exist in all natural elements in this world such as the mountains, rivers, lightning, wind, waves, trees, rocks. The ancient Yamaguni Shinto Shrine, which is set against the dramatic backdrop of giant Cedar trees is a great place to learn about the indigenous Shinto religion of Japan and the way people lived in the old days.
Local Sake Brewery Visit & Tasting
Experience the spirit of Japan with a visit to Keihoku's 120 year-old local Sake brewery. By using self-cultivated rice (from the padi fields behind the brewery) and pure water from the Keihoku mountains in its production, the brewery's Sake quality is one of the best in the region and served by top ryokans in Kyoto city. Best of all, the visit includes a tasting of 4 to 5 different kinds of Sake.
Farmer's Market(Woody Keihoku)
You can find unique gifts such as cedar aroma oil, wood crafts, potteries, natto mochi (fermented soya rice cake) and so on. Nice to try soft creams using local vegetables, And of course you can buy fresh seasonal vegetables as well.
We are SATOYAMA Design based in Keihoku, the deep mountainous area in Kyoto. We are a creative agency, and our team consists of members who have relocated from big metropolitan cities like Tokyo, and Kyoto. Member of Satoyama Design have moved to Keihoku since 2013, and has special skills such as design, art, photography, editorial, interpretation, tea ceremony, flower arrangement, and so on. We are not designing for the sake of design, but to design the community itself. What we are calling "Social Impact Design" ranges in activities from helping the community tourism for the mountainous areas that are decreasing in population, to product design, manufacturing, event planning, creating new businesses, and deeply rooting ourselves in the community.
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