Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

Cultural & Theme Tours in Japan

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Immerse yourself in the rhythms and traditions of farm life in a Japanese village during this 4-hour visit to the town of Ogi, including a ‘mochi’-pounding (Japanese rice cake-making) and delicious chicken Sukiyaki lunch cooking lesson. 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 family / couple / senior-friendly tour with a very attentive tour guide.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ogura Shrine, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Kinki Legend tells us that when a severe drought hit the village, the emperor enshrined the Shinto spirit of rain there. Soon, spring water started running from the exact same location saving many peoples’ lives. We will first visit Ogura shrine where the spirit is said to reside. A big festival is held here in May, just before the rice planting, to pray for a good harvest. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Tour du Lac Biwa, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Kinki After taking a stroll through the rice terraces in the area, we will visit the local rice farmer’s house. There, we will experience exciting Mochi rice cake-making. Also for lunch, the farmer will demonstrate how to cook Sukiyaki in front of you, so participate and learn. Duration: 3 hours

What’s included

  • Mochi Rice Cake making & Lunch cooking class
  • Taxi fare
  • English-speaking local tour guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Tour du Lac Biwa

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Drinks/bottled water
  • Train fee to/from JR Ogotoonsen station


  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Small group ensures personal service