Arrival at the Ohara Station. Visit the Ohara historical preservation area and have Honjin lunch (warlord’s journey meal) at the birthplace of Miyamoto Musashi followed by iaido demonstration and talk by Trevor Jones.
Immerse yourself in Japanese Culture in Yunogo Town
Kick off the day with Ikebana (flower arrangement) activity with the master at the ryokan. Then you will have the exciting opportunity to cook some simple traditional Japanese dishes with an up-and-coming young chef and enjoy your own culinary creations afterwards! In the afternoon, why not try putting a kimono on and stroll around the town to get a glimpse into the local people’s unpretentious daily life (professional photo taken). Or some of you might like to visit a tea plantation in one of the most scenic and soul-enhancing valleys in the area. There you will have tea with Mr Shimoyama, a dynamic entrepreneur, with whom you can try calligraphy and also a tea denim dyeing workshop. Finally finish the day at one of the local restaurants tucked away in the small alleyways. We would love you to get to know a side of Japan which is less sophisticated and elegant than you might know but earthy and embracing through the flavours of the Japanese home-cooking dishes served at these eateries.