Rice, Tea, and Herbs: Take a Gastronomic Tour in Koga City
Interact with locals as you taste some of the most iconic Japanese culinary delights
The Musubi tour is a gastronomy experience centered around the rice and tea cultures of Koga City in Ibaraki Prefecture, just one train ride away from Tokyo. Here, you will interact directly with local experts who have been passing down this heritage for generations and learn how to both savor and utilize these ingredients.
You will learn how to make delicious rice balls and bento boxed lunches directly from the proprietress of Komegin, a rice specialty store that has been operating since the Edo Period (1603–1868).
You will also visit the Yoshida Tea Farm, which was established back in 1839. There, you will tour the grounds and can experience taste-testing of their green and black teas as well as some sweets at room’z tea, the farm’s onsite cafe. You will also dine on your rice-based lunches you created at Komegin during a delightful picnic in the spectacular tea farm.
Afterward, you will travel to Akiba Noen farm for a herbal tea blending lesson with some fragrant herbs sourced from only a small number of producers.
Your tour can be extended with a number of delightful add-ons, including touring sake and beer breweries, visiting a farmer’s market, or plum blossom-viewing, depending on the season.
By participating in this countryside tour with an enthusiastic, local, English-language interpreter, you will have the unique opportunity to intimately learn about the livelihoods of the people of Koga City and savor some of Japan’s most iconic ingredients.
Access : From Tokyo Station, take a train to Koga Station, about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
茨城県古河市本町 1丁目 1
approx. 360 min. or more