Dine and Pray on the Ultimate Coastal Tour
Taste blowfish, visit the famous ocean shrine gates, and learn about sustainable farming in Nagato
Experience Japanese culture like never before in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture, which lies along the Sea of Japan. With the help of your English-speaking tour guide with Heartland Japan, you will visit a fish farm and a salt factory, both founded in the concept of ensuring continuous resources for the future, as well as a unique shrine lined with awe-striking torii gates.
Your guide will whisk you off to a fish farm that raises blowfish, flounder, and rare sea eel. You will tour the facilities, usually blocked off to the public, and learn about how the farm uses sustainable methods to breed its decadent sea life in the salty coastal waters. The highlight of this excursion is that you will actually be able to taste the local delicacy of blowfish sashimi, which is not often found in other parts of Japan.
Also, along the theme of culinary tradition, you will make a visit to Hyakusho-an salt farm. The salt farmed here has a mineral balance close to that of the ocean, and you will learn how Hyakusho-an utilizes a special farming technique that makes it uniquely self-sustaining. You will round out your visit here by dining on a lunch filled with seasonal, locally sourced vegetables.
To add to your unparalleled Japan seaside experience, you will also visit Motonosumi-jinja Shrine. Here, 123 torii shrine gates snake along the shore, leading to the calm sea. The contrast of the red torii, blue sea, brown stone, and green grass creates an awe-striking, unforgettable view.
By interacting with the locals, you will feel their passion for farming fish, salt, and produce using methods that can be continued for generations. These farms are unique in their production, and the shrine’s beauty is renowned even within Japan. Together, these three experiences form a foundation for life in coastal Yamaguchi Prefecture, and you will get an exclusive insight to the local culture.
Access: From Shin-Osaka Station, take the shinkansen bullet train to Shin-Yamaguchi Station, about 2 hours. Then ride the local trains to Nagatoshi Station, about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
approx. 360 min. or more