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Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

Kyoto, Japan
Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making

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Immerse yourself in the rhythms and traditions of life in a Japanese village during this visit to the town of Ogi, including a ‘mochi’-making lesson (Japanese rice cakes). Walk amidst the terraced rice fields of this picturesque town, discovering its more than 1,300 years of rice farming history. Then visit the home of a local farmer, learning the techniques to make ‘mochi’ while enjoying the warm hospitality of this friendly resident and his wife. A guide, plus lunch, and mochi class are included.
  • Explore the picturesque village of Ogi while enjoying a lesson on how to make mochi rice cakes
  • Admire the stunning views of the surrounding area rice terraces during a walk in the village
  • Learn about the area's role in more than 1,300 years of rice farming
  • Join a local farmer and his wife as you learn to prepare 'mochi' (Japanese rice cakes)
  • Get a sense for daily life among Japan's countryside residents
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Mochi rice cake making & Farm to table style lunch
Taxi fare
English-speaking local tour guide
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Drinks/bottled water
JR Kyoto Station Pickup charge
Round trip train fare between JR Kyoto and JR Ogotoonsen Station

Departure Point

Higashishiokoji Kamadonocho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216, Japan

We can also pick you up at JR Kyoto Station in front of the 7-11 convenience store next to the West Ticket Gate (2nd floor) at 9:15 am. The pick-up charge is 4,500JPY/group. Your train fare is not included in the price. Please pay the pick-up charge by cash to our guide.

Departure Time

10:05 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

1 Chome-4 Ogotokita, Otsu, Shiga 520-0107, Japan

JR Ogotoonsen Station (KOSEI LINE) is the starting point of this tour. Meet our guide in front of the ticket gate (there's only one gate at the station) at 10:00 am.

Departure Time

10:05 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • This tour will be hosted by a family from the local village community group. We carefully select our friendly and open minded hosts after having meetings and interviews to ensure the quality time of our guests. We guarantee that you will have a wonderful experience with all of our hosts.
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 3 paying adults
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of 3 adults per booking is required
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • This tour may combine more than one group. We guarantee a small tour of no more than two separate groups with a maximum of 10 people in total. The above pricing is per booking, not for the total number of participants. Thank you for your understanding.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour Du Lac Co., Ltd.
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Experience Visiting a Local Farmer and Mochi Rice Cake Making?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Fantastic Family Experience
, Dec 2019
Family of four (kids 12 and 10) from Los Angeles doing this in November 2019. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Mochi making was interesting and fun (and I liked the mochi more than I expected). Lunch was delicious (even my kids enjoyed it, and they had a hard time with the food in Japan). But the highlight was interacting with our hosts and especially our guides. Can't say enough about how interesting and interested our guides were, most importantly with our kids. Really great people. My wife says this was her favorite activity we did in Japan, and that's a high bar, given how much we enjoyed our 10 day trip. Also, this was recommended to us by some friends, who also loved it.
, Sep 2019
This tour was a special experience for me and my family. We went to a local shrine where our guide Misako explained the significance of shrines and the symbolism of the many things around a shrine that are important, very interesting. Then we walked through village to the home of a rice farmer, this was very special indeed. Information before the tour and meeting point was clear. Tour guides Misako and Saori were very friendly and kind. They both spoke English well. They translated quickly with farmers, Mr and Mrs Koska-san, who were also kind and fun people. This was a genuine insight into Japanese culture, we are very glad we went on this tour. Our children, 12 and 14 thoroughly enjoyed it too. I wish I could give 10 star rating! Thank you very much.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thank you for taking your time to post the wonderful review on our tour. We are delighted to have received the amazing 10 star rating... Thank you so much! We also thoroughly enjoyed hosting the tour under the beautiful autumn sky for the nice family. We are proud of our team and so glad that you shared a lovely day with them. All the best.
Highlight of our trip!
, Sep 2018
Keiko and the family was so hospitable. The food was delicious and accommodating, Mochi making was incredibly fun. That hammer sure isn’t light! We visited as another farmer was harvesting his rice and we got to spend some time watching the harvest and learning about the rice fields. All in all, an amazing experience and I would highly recommend this to all my friends that are visiting Japan.
What an amazing and unique...
, Jun 2018
What an amazing and unique experience--my husband and I highly recommend this tour. Before we arrived, we were contacted by Tour du Lac so that our visit could be personalized to match our interests and tastes. We were met by our guide Misako at the train station and escorted by taxi to a small rice village. After a walking tour of the village, including a beautiful shrine, we arrived at the farm house of the Kosaka family. We were warmly welcomed and participated in making mochi rice cakes. We then joined the Kosakas and Misako for a home cooked meal, where we conversed and got to know each other. Misako really went out of her way to make sure our visit was perfect. She even phoned the shrine from earlier in the day and extended our stay, so that we could go back to get a Goshuin temple stamp for our Goshuincho temple book. Thank you for such a memorable visit.
The tour leaders Keiko-san and...
, Apr 2018
The tour leaders Keiko-san and Saori-san both speak excellent English, and we had a very pleasant time with them and the other couple attending the tour. The local hosts very extremely hospitable, even going above and beyond to give us a packet of his home grown rice. The sukiyaki was very fresh and tasty, along with the side dishes made by his wife. The highlight for me was the mochi rice cake making, as we got to experience first hand how to pound and make the mochi! Fresh mochi is very very soft and tasty, along with the kinako soy bean powder and azuki bean.
We had a great time on this tour...
Mary C
, Apr 2018
We had a great time on this tour. Small, personable, and real. There were only four of us, and two amazing guides. The guides are fluent in English and have a great relationship with this local farmer and his wife. Yes, everyone has fun pounding the rice/mochi eat as much as you want!. Yes, there is a giant meal served afterwards. This tour also included a walk around a local area shrine before walking to the farmer's house. Thank you Tour du Lac Biwa :
This is the best tour we did while...
Anthony R
, Feb 2018
This is the best tour we did while in Japan. Misako and emi looked after us very well. Emi well done with all the photos. We have a very good record of our day. Misako spoke very good English and was very informative. Our host family the Yokakus family made us feel very welcome and went to a lot of trouble to make our day memorable. Thank you all so much.
My mom, sister, and I had an amazing...
Lindsay O
, Dec 2017
My mom, sister, and I had an amazing time on our tour! Keiko and Saori were delightful they were extremely knowledgeable and friendly throughout the trip. Keiko met us at the train station and accompanied us to Ogi, taking all of the guess work our of traveling. We were given an excellent tour of a shrine and then headed to the Kosaka family home, which was the highlight of the trip! Mr. and Mrs. Kosaka were inviting and warm. It was so special to have had this unique experience where we learned their trade and shared lunch in their home. It was such a pleasure to have a personal experience in trip full of sightseeing. This tour is a must when visiting Kyoto! Thank you again to Keiko, Saori, and Mr. and Mrs. Kosaka. We truely appreciate you generosity and attention to detail!
This activity truly gave us a clear...
, Nov 2017
This activity truly gave us a clear and personal insight of a typical local farmer lives. Mr Kosaka and his wife were very warm and welcoming, such wonderful hosts and we enjoyed the talk we had all through out especially during lunch. The mocha making was super fun and by far the best tasting mochi Ive ever had never thought a simple version of freshly pounded mochi just rolled into sugar and some cinnamon could taste so heavenly as its chewy, warm and really fresh tasting! The chicken Sukiyaki prepared was also good but I was not really able to eat a lot as been full with all the mochis! The highlight and selling factor of this tour are the hosts themselves. Mr Kosaka had the most amazing eyebrows! And Mrs Kosaka was very funny too! Great adventure for kids, whole family and friends!
Hello fellow travelers- Our mochi...
Heidi A
, Oct 2017
Hello fellow travelers- Our mochi making tour was the best part of our two weeks in Japan! Our guides Keiko and Saori were wonderful. We were met at the station and taken by train to a temple then off to meet our host family. This tour is like no other. Very intimate, and you are never hurried to move on. My 83 yr. old parents were with me and both guides were extremely helpful with assisting them. I am eternally grateful! We spend a lot of time at the temple, with Keiko and Saori explaining everything to us. We then took a very short walk to meet our host family. They are both wonderful people. Kind, patient, and giving. We spent time chatting asking many questions and enjoyed the best sukiyaki meal I have ever had!!!! Oh and the mochi making was so much fun and a great experience. We ate great tasting mochi and have the best time ever. I have never been on a tour like this and we are so glad we took this tour. I highly recommend it to all first time travelers to Japan. You won't regret it! Thank you to Keiko, Saori and the Kosakas for a wonderful experience!

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