[17-18 Mar] 1Night 2Days tour to experience SAKE, Food and Traditional Culture in snowy region

Visiting heavy snow Niigata Uonuma region, spending time with producers of the traditional Japanese Sake, woven fabrics and rice.

Day 1: Visit brewery of the famous Japanese Sake “Kakurei”, which has 300-year history.
It doesn’t usually accept visitors to see the producing process but permitted for this tour exclusively.
Furthermore, enjoy dinner with the “Toji” who is entitled to produce “Kakurei”, with his recommended Sake and delicious and healthy meal of this region. Producer of famous Japanese rice brand “Minami-Uonuma Koshihikari” will also join the dinner. Guide will translate your communication with them so you can ask questions as you like.
Spend a night at a traditional Japanese Onsen Ryokan.

Day 2: Visit woven fabric manufacturer of the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage “Echigo jofu”. You can purchase gifts such as card holders and bags made from Kimono. If you are lucky and it is not snowing, you can see “Yuki Zarashi” which is natural bleaching of the woven fabric using the snow. This method have been continued for 800 years in this region, and permitted to see this process exclusively for this tour.
Also, will visit pickles manufacturer which was established more than 100 years ago. You can see the manufacturing process of Japanese pickles.

This tour is a mix tour with Japanese tourists. Enjoy communication with them too!

[Recommended to people like the followings]
* Person who would like to know about SAKE brewing deeply
* Person who would like to drink Sake with Toji (brewer of Sake)
* Person who would like to see traditional bleached cloth with snow
* Person who would like to touch history and culture of snowy region

[Participant’s voice]
* It’s so exclusive experience to drink Sake with Toji who brewed it.
* It’s an impression to visit brewery of KAKUREI.
* I felt to touch the world drawn in Hokuetsu Seppu.
* I was impressed with the local person attended us kindly.

【SAKE brewing is so profound】Mr.Imai the Toji of AOKI SHUZO The Sake Brewery

Mr.Imai the Toji

Mr.Imai the Toji

More than 30 Years to be a fully qualified “Toji”. The world of SAKE brewing is so profound. Says Mr. Imai the Toji of AOKI SHUZO The Sake Brewery, which has 300-year history, located in Minami Uonuma city Niigata Pref.

* “Toji” is the leader and controller of the complex and delicate Sake production.

Shop of AOKI SHUZO The Sake Brewery (Bokushi Street)

Shop of AOKI SHUZO The Sake Brewery (Bokushi Street)

Mikuni Old trade road Shiozawa Bokushi Street

Mikuni Old trade road Shiozawa Bokushi Street

[Tour contents]

Visit brewery of the “Kakurei”, which has 300-year history.

Enjoy Sake and local food dinner with the “Toji” and local people

Enjoy Sake and local food dinner with the “Toji” and rice farmer of Japan high brand “Minami-Uonuma Koshihikari”. Drinking Sake with “Toji” is a special and rare experience.

Learn about snowy region and woven fabric

Visit woven fabric manufacturer “Yamada ori” in Shiozawa town, to meet the president Ms.Yamada.

Observe seasonal charming sights “Yuki Zarashi (snow bleaching)”


See “Yuki Zarashi” which is natural bleaching method using snow of a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage “Echigojofu” (woven fabric).
Permitted to observe for this tour exclusively.

In case it snows, “Yuki Zarashi” is not possible, so listen to lecture of traditional skill holder instead.

visit pickles manufacturer which was established more than 100 years ago

Visit pickles manufacturer established more than 100 years ago, and observe inside the “Kura” (traditional Japanese style storage).
Listen to various stories about the history and culture of the snowy region.

 

Time Contents Included Meal
17-Mar(Sat.
12:45 Meet with tour member at JR Shiozawa Station (JR Joetsu Line)
13:00 Visit AOKI SHUZO The Sake Brewery, which is established more than 300 years ago.
15:00 Explore around Shiozawa town.
Move to Tochikubo Hot Spring “Ryokan Gimpokaku Tsuki no yu” which we will stay.
Take hot spring bath and break time till dinner.
18:00 Dinner/Drinking party with Mr.Imai the Toji, and the local rice farmer.
Enjoy tasting sake of “KAKUREI”, which Toji is bringing, and prime rice “Koshihikari”.
Plenty of local country foods are to be prepared .
Dinner
21:00 End of dinner party.
18-Mar(Sun.
9:00 After Japanese traditional ryokan style breakfast, visit woven fabric manufacturer “Yamada ori” in Shiozawa town. Breakfast
9:30 Study the history of fabrics and observe the silk weaving.
And go to see traditional way “Yuki Zarashi” which is natural bleaching of the fabrics using the snow.
*In case it snows, “Yuki Zarashi” is not possible, so listen to lecture of traditional skill holder instead.
12:00 Country style lunch at Farmer’s restaurant. Lunch
13:30 Visit pickles manufacturer established more than 100 years ago.
15:00 The tour ends at JR Muikamachi station.

*Time table is just a planned schedule. Sometimes changed suitably by local circumstances and progress about the contents.

Fee to participate 20,000JPY
Inclusions – English speaking accompanying staff
– Transportation from Departure Point to Return Point
– Cost for observation and experience
– Day1 Dinner party (including drinks)
– Day2 Breakfast, Lunch
– Travel accident insurance
Exclusions Other personal costs

The meeting place

JR Shiozawa Station (JR Joetsu Line)
Or picking up/dropping off at Tokyo by car is also possible, if you request.
Departure Time(JR Shiozawa Station) 12:45
Access Please feel free to contact us. We’ll tell you the best way.
Accommodation Tochikubo Hot Spring “Ryokan Gimpokaku Tsuki no yu”.
Share a room with other tour members in separate rooms for men and women.
If you prefer an individual room, please ask before booking the tour. Please note that according to the number of people, we may not be able to accept your request.)
Maximum number of people accepted 10 (Minimum number of people to carry out the tour: 5)
Cancellation Policy If you cancel at least 15 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 4 and 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 20 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 1 and 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel on the departure day, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Final Booking Date Mar-12-2018(Mon) *According to availability.

[Apply for Event / Contact]
To apply or any question, please feel free to contact us.
Autabi LLC.
Masanori Saito
m.saito@autabi.com

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