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Experience a traditional recycling-oriented lifestyle

Travel Experience
Harmony with Nature
In the old days, the Japanese were good at obtaining all of the necessities of life (like water, food and fuel) from near their homes. They lived in close connection with their natural environment and Mother Nature was kind to them, and they gave thanks for this. In many ways those days are gone, lost in the rush to modernize, but the spirit, passed from one generation to the next, still lives on and is in fact seeing something of a revival as people recognize new possibilities
in the old way of living. One good example of this is found on Ishikawa prefecture’s Noto Peninsula, which extends into the Sea of Japan. In 2011, the old ways of the land and the sea practiced there were registered as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage. People still use traditional ways to farm and fi sh, cultivating rice fi elds carved out of mountain slopes, living sustainably in harmony with nature, celebrating their culture and holding traditional festivals against a backdrop of beautiful scenery. They receive the blessings of nature without a feeling of entitlement, incorporating them into their daily lives. In the old days this was how the Japanese lived, and these ideals and traditions are quietly making a comeback in parts of the county.


Satoyama is an environment abundant with the wisdom of our predecessors who, through traditional farming and culture, coexisted with nature. This guided tour provides participants with the invaluable opportunity to learn about the way of life in Hida while cycling through the beautiful rural scenery and savoring its nostalgic ambience. The tour offers a glimpse of a uniquely Japanese lifestyle that can hardly be seen in ordinary sightseeing tours.

SATOYAMA EXPERIENCE 8-11 Ninomachi Furukawa-cho
Hida-shi Gifu-ken 509-4235

Sakaami-ryo / Sakaami-gamo

Sakaami-ryo is a traditional hunting method that has been designated as an Ishikawa prefecture Folk Cultural Asset.With origins in the Edo period, it was encouraged as a part of samurai training, being passed down through the generations in an unbroken chain. This method of hunting is limited to the three months of winter, and when dusk comes, Y-shaped net is tossed high in the air to catch ducks. However, only 300 of them are caught this way every year. The taste is also rare – the birds don’t have the distinctive duck smell, and the flavor remains present even after eating. Sakaami-ryo hunting methods show a respect for, and symbiotic relationship with nature and the wildlife they take by never overhunting.

Executive Committee for the
Promotion of Brand Differentiation
for Sakaami-gamo Duck Hunting
c/o Kaga-shi Shokoshinko-ka
Ni-41 Daishoji Minami-cho Kaga-shi
Ishikawa-ken 922-0811

Kesennuma Fisherman's life experience program

Kesennuma, on the Pacific Ocean, has long prospered as an important center for offshore fishing. You can spend half a day here working under the guidance of fishermen, experiencing their way of life and catching fish with them. This is a great way to learn about the local way of life and a culture that developed in close contact with the sea.

Maru Office 234 Karakuwa-cho Matsubatake
Kesennuma-shi Miyagi-ken 988-0551