Group Size2-8 guests
Explore a Nakasendo post station village along a small mountain river, then go upstream to a remote community of handcraft.
Samegai juku is a post station town of the historic Nakasendo trail, one of two main trails that connected Edo (old Tokyo) and imperial Kyoto. A small crystal clear river runs through the heart of the village, fed by a nearby mountain spring, and also attracts summer visitors every year who come for the rare baikamo or water buttercup, an aquatic flower that grows only is very clean and clear waters.
This community here developed a way of life centered around this natural resource, finding a sustainable balance that both utilizes and conserves nature.
Enjoy a lunch of local delicacies at an authentic ryotei restaurant that was once a former honjin of the post town (the highest class of lodging, reserved for Edo officials). Dishes feature locally sourced ingredients, such as rainbow trout, raised in the waters nearby. Rice and tea are also made using the clear river water just outside the restaurant. The chef is great at adapting to dietary preferences, allergies, vegetarian or vegan meals too, but please be sure to be notify of such requests when you request reservation.
After lunch, we’ll embark on a refreshing 4 km walk to Kaminyu, a small community of traditional craftsmen, hidden away in a mountain valley. The course is over half flat ground, then some uphill, and a bit of downhill. Enjoy a mix of rural scenery from rice fields to local forests.
In Kaminyu, a resident of the village will show us around, give a peek into the community and workspaces, and opportunities to meet and talk with locals. Our guide will help translating as necessary.
Visit studios of craftsmen to learn of their traditional craft, and the intricate methods of making butsudan (Buddhist altars), a 300-year-old local handcrafting trade.
- Meeting point is at JR Maibara Station (shinkansen stops here), our guide will lead you on the 5-minute train ride to JR Samegai Station.
- Accommodate with dietary requests as much as possible.
- This one-day course starts at 10 am.
- Professional bilingual (EN/JA) guide
- Locally-sourced ryotei bento lunch
- Light refreshment
- Entrance Fee
- All train fares
- Souvenirs, food, snacks, etc.
Pricing for this private tour is determined by the size of your group, and any optional activities. Basic pricing is as follows:
Standard Private Course
|Attendees||Price per Person|
|2 people||¥16,000 per person|
|3 – 4 people||¥14,500 per person|
|5 – 8 people||¥12,000 per person|
Options & Additions
Additional fees apply, but vary by time & group size (final cost will be confirmed before finalizing reservation). Please mention in comment field of reservation form to add options, or feel free to ask us for more details about any of them!
- Woodcarving Workshop (+1-2 hours) Kaminyu Village artisans also offer their own workshops. Learn traditional Japanese woodcarving, taught by a skilled local professional! Beginner-friendly. Visit their website, tonton-craft.com, to learn more.
- Lunch Options (free!) Just a reminder, since lunch is included, that the lunch menu can be adjusted for vegetarian or special diets. Be sure to mention any dietary requests in the comments when you reserve!