Number of Registered Facilities/Groups 91 (as of April 2024)
Number of Registered Facilities/Groups 91 (as of April 2024)

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[Special Feature]
Introduction of Hands-on Experiences

Experience life in a mountain village


You can start a fire and cook rice in a traditional stove.

In Kakinoki village where you can find "Oidani Tanada" which features among the top 100 rice terraces in Japan and the first-class river Takatsugawa, there is a retirement house. Here, you can enjoy a range of seasonal hands-on experiences from picking wild vegetables in spring, playing in the river in summer, to harvesting in autumn, in addition to feeding cows and chickens. Among these activities is the experience of honey-collecting by Japanese honeybees. Wild Japanese honeybees deposit the nectar collected from the flowers of plants that bloom in the mountains in their hives from spring to summer. This honey is then collected in autumn. Unlike beekeeping, these bees may be unable to deposit nectar in their hives in some years, and there are subtle changes to the flavor of the honey from year to year depending on the condition of the flowers. You can experience the taste of genuine honey that has been collected under natural conditions.

I collected an egg!

The program affiliate Mr. Akamatsu keeps chickens in the garden next to his house. You can also cook with eggs that have been freshly laid.

Japanese honeybees collecting nectar from mountainous plants. You can collect honey in autumn.