“Meet the People and Places Behind your Plates”
Local guides are all experts & foodie. Tailor made programs can be arranged by the food experts.
Travel through village to village away from tourists, listening to the deep stories, beyond gourmet tours.
Travel with small groups, using public transportation, visiting sustainable farms and food producers.
The unique point of "Village to Table Tours" is a great connection to farmers, food processors, breweries, small restaurant chefs, family-run small scale shops, and local guides. Foodie local guides are all passionate on the stories behind the plates. See where it grows, taste their stories!
Organic Farm Village in Kyoto
Nishiki Food Market is famous as a "kitchen of Kyoto", where various food ingredients are sold. These vegetables are grown in the surrounding villages 1-2 hours away from the city. We will visit an organic farm, and listen to the stories about organic farming, existence with natural environment, learning home-style cooking from a food coordinator in the village.
Wazuka Green Tea Village
Uji green tea is one of the best tea in Japan, and more than 50% of Uji green tea is actually made in Wazuka town. Tea trees are everywhere all over the residential area in wazuka, as if the houses are floating in the middle of the tea plantation. The village is designated as ”the most beautiful villages in Japan". We will visit tea farmers to learn about tea and a local market for tasting tea. The special meal at a tea farm by using plenty of matcha green tea can be arranged.
Medicinal Herb Village in Nara
Uda is a historical village known as the birthplace of medicinal herb culture, which dates back to the 7th century. Nowadays, the city encourages young people from big cities to move to this area to utilize the local reasources of traditional medicine. Some of them are chefs, brewers, and herbalists. We will visit an oldest herb garden in Japan's history, and taste medicinal plant shojin foods. Various learning education programs related to herbs can be arranged upon request.