A one-day tour to experience the history and culture of Joetsu has started, commencing from a Japanese restaurant “Ryotei Ukiyo” in Nakamachi, Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture.
“Ryotei Ukiyo” Nakamachi, Joetsu City
This tour is organized by the local Oshima Group in order for people to experience the history and culture of Joetsu, while also tasting the town’s unique ingredients. There are thirteen tours, all of which start with lunch at the Japanese restaurant “Ryotei Ukiyo”.
Tour Special dishes (image)
Lunch will be provided exclusively for tours using local ingredients. You can also enjoy the building which is a nationally registered tangible cultural property.
The five keywords of the tour are “appreciation”, “liquor”, “craftsmanship”, “historic shops”, and “Goze”. Each tour includes the Gangi (covered walkway) and Machiya (traditional townhouses) in the Takada area, in addition to visits to famous residences, and a batten lace making experience.
One of the tours is visiting “Hayashi Tominaga Tei(mansion)”, a designated cultural property in Joetsu City. You can enjoy the fermented sweets at the cafe which opened in June, while looking at the thatched roof and the garden of Karesansui (a Japanese rock garden).
In addition, there are tours where you can experience craftsmanship. You can enjoy making coasters with the traditional handicraft “kumiko” at the Inomata Art Joinery Store in Kodocho, Joetsu City. Also, there are tours where you can experience hand-copying Sutra, and Zen meditation at temples in Teramachi.
For all 13 courses, take a taxi to get around. With the double discount of “Tsunagu Niigata Niigata Prefectural Limited Support” and “GoTo Travel Business Support”, the actual payment amount of the tour fee is from 6,890 yen to 11,700 yen, and up to half the price is subsidized. In addition, there is a cashback of 3,000 yen on the day for Niigata citizens only. Departure courses after October will even come with a “regional coupon”!
Mr. Hirayama, who is in charge of the project, said, “Joetsu has a lot of human resources such as local history experts, who would like to educate people about the history of Takada. It is also a unique opportunity to create original work under the guidance of a professional craftsperson. I hope the tour will be a feast for the five senses, and I encourage local people to participate as well.”
The date of the tours runs until November 4th, although this depends on the particular course. So, please see Ukiyo’s homepage for details such as tour applications.