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Noukaminsyuku Imachan no Ie

Area name Central Area
Practitioner Kizou , Mitsuyo Imate
Hands-on Experiences Nature Experiences/Culinary Experiences/Traditional Cultural Experiences
Accommodation Available
Meals Not provided (Meals are prepared with others)

Cherry blossoms are in full bloom in this area in spring, and you can play in the large river that flows in front of the house in summer. “Ima-chan no Ie" is a place where you can enjoy the four seasons.
The Imate couple had returned to Shimane prefecture after living in Tokyo for some time. In contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is completely integrated with a peaceful rural way of life that is based on the principle of self-sufficiency, and where time seems to slow down every day.
"I'm not so good at making a difference in the city or staying put there," says program affiliate Mr. Imate with a smile. From "Tenku no Eki" where you have to climb 116 steps to reach the platform, to the famous winter illuminations in the area, Mr. Imate will show you around various interesting spots. There is also a stunning place in the vicinity known as "the nearest village to Heaven" where peach blossoms bloom across the entire face of the mountain.
Behind the house are rice fields which are a 3-minute walk away, where you can harvest various crops depending on the season. Mr. Imate is also good at cooking, and his specialties include ume plums wrapped in perilla leaves, yuzu miso, tempura, and Chinese onions. In summer, you will be served "welcome juice" made from white bitter gourd, banana, watermelon, milk, and calpis, in the spirit of hospitality.
Ima-chan no Ie is also a favorite spot for monkeys from the mountains sometimes. Dishes made using local ingredients and local information about the area are featured on the blog "Hasumi no Hyakusho (The farmers of Hasumi)," into which the Imate couple is putting a lot of effort alongside other local residents to make a success.

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Experience playing in the river, sweetfish-catching, and eel-catching

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Experience category Nature Experiences/Culinary Experiences
Period August to October
Suitable age group Elementary school age and above
Number of participants Up to 8 people if accommodation included
Time required N/A
Things to bring Swimwear (that you don't mind getting wet), a change of clothes, sandals or shoes for entering the river, towel
*Please prepare anything else you might require.
Necessity of reservation Accepted (Up to 1 week before arrival)
Experience content In front of the house is a shallow river where you can enjoy a variety of river activities.
You can find a lot of fish in this river, and you can experience catching sweetfish with fishing nets or simply grabbing them and salt-grilling them on the spot. You can immediately cook the fish you caught and eat them during this activity, which allows you to have fun and enjoy food at the same time.
Also, if you leave the equipment in the river, you can even catch eels in a natural environment. Why don't you try preparing the fish for cooking by yourself?
If you are tired, you can return to the house and take a break. You will definitely have a memorable experience of playing in the river.

Explore the surroundings and learn more about the area

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Experience category Nature Experiences/Sports Experiences/Traditional Cultural Experiences
Period Except winter
Suitable age group Elementary school age and above
Number of participants Up to 8 people if accommodation included
Time required 2 to 3 hours
Things to bring Shoes that you feel comfortable in, as well as a hat, camera, etc., depending on the season
Necessity of reservation Accepted (Up to 1 week before arrival)
Experience content There are various interesting places in Onan. From mid-April, a place known as "the nearest village to Heaven" will be covered with stunning peach blossoms in full bloom. During the cherry blossom season, you can also enjoy viewing cherry blossoms that bloom in unison at a temple that is a short distance from Ima-chan no Ie.
From June to early July, you can enjoy the magical sight of fireflies glowing in the summer night sky. This is a natural light-up event that you won't want to miss.
At the end of November, there will be an illumination event "Rural Illumination Festival" where the famous 116 steps leading up to the platform of "Tenku no Eki" will be decorated with pretty lights. This "Tenku no Eki" is "Uzui Station," the station at the highest altitude in Japan. This popular station is visited by railway fans throughout the year except in winter.
For spots that are a little further away, you will be brought there by car. You will have an enjoyable time with Mr. Imate showing you around the area.

Experience vegetable-harvesting, agricultural work, and cooking

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Experience category Nature Experiences/Culinary Experiences
Period Except winter
Suitable age group Elementary school age and above
Number of participants Up to 8 people if accommodation included
Time required Around 2 to 3 hours
Fee ¥1,000~
Things to bring Shoes that you feel comfortable in, as well as a hat, clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, boots, etc., depending on the season
Necessity of reservation Accepted (Up to 1 week before arrival)
Experience content For this experience, you will be helping out with agricultural and harvesting operations that take place throughout the year.
Various crops such as the rare elephant garlic and Japanese leeks are planted here. While the details of this activity vary depending on the season, you will get to try different things including rice-harvesting.
You will also get to experience harvesting seasonal vegetables and preparing dishes alongside the owners. You can enjoy rural dishes that incorporate seasonal ingredients such as homemade dried radish, yuzu miso, ume plums wrapped in perilla leaves, Japanese leeks, and broad beans.
You may even get the chance to meet special guests from the mountains: monkeys. Don't miss this chance to experience agricultural work while being invigorated by the peaceful rural scenery.

Experience handicraft-making

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Experience category Nature Experiences/Traditional Cultural Experiences
Period Except winter
Suitable age group Elementary school age and above
Number of participants Up to 8 people if accommodation included
Time required Around 2 to 3 hours
Things to bring Please inquire
Necessity of reservation Accepted (Up to 1 week before arrival)
Experience content There is a handicraft workshop located a few minutes away by car where you can make water guns and sweet containers.
Bamboo chopsticks and water guns are popular among children. Adults can try making handicrafts that are a little more challenging.
You will get to make original handicraft that showcases the beauty of handmade items. Take this opportunity to make a keepsake of your rural experience.
Please contact us regarding the price as the time required and cost vary depending on the item you make and its size. We also hold a summer vacation workshop here for children. Please visit us and experience it for yourself.

Facility details

Facility name Noukaminsyuku Imachan no Ie
Practitioner Kizou , Mitsuyo Imate
Address  Shimokuchiba 396-2, Onan Town, Shimane Prefecture
Inquiry phone number +81855-87-0533(7:00~20:00)
hyakusyo@ohtv.ne.jp
Closed days Winter
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Note 【Accommodation & Activity Fee】 7,500 yen

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