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Experience Satoyama’s Footpaths and Cook with Locals

  • [Kumamoto] Kukuchi-shi
  • [Guided Tour] Gourmet, Health & Fitness, History & Culture

Special activity to deeply understand what the Japanese landscape used to be

Get together in Kikuchi-shi in Kumamoto prefecture, where it is famous for beautiful Kikuchi Gorge!
– Kikuchi Furusaya Suigen Koryukan is a center of this experience, which used to be an old school and has nostalgic atmosphere
– Walking through satoyama (a place where nature and people exist in harmony) and enjoy the fields, sounds of wind and water, and scent of vegetation in satoyama.
– Have local sweet and tea at ‘a small truck cafe’ and see the beautiful scenery from there.
– After walking, have special ‘Satoyama Lunch’ cooked by local mothers and made with fresh local food.
– Options: Local Rice Cooking with Hagama Experience or Rice Pounding Experience, using with local rice.

[Itineraries] Total 3 hours 30 mins
10:00    Meeting at ‘Kikuchi Furusato Suigen Koryukan’ (きくちふるさと水源交流館)
10:10-10:50 Try Cooking with fresh food from Satoyama: You will eat it at lunch
10:50-12:30 Footpath Experience
       Take a rest at ‘a Small Truck Cafe’ in the middle of the course
12:30-13:30 Having ‘Satoyama lunch’ made with fresh local food
Finish after lunch

– Rice Cooking with Hagama Experience (additional 1 hour 30 mins)
– Rice Pounding Experience (additional 2 hours, taking the rice cakes home)

*Tour runs with a guide. (English or Korean speaking guides are available by requesting in advance)

Detailed information
From October through June (9 months)
Start at 10:00 am
Time required
Approx. 3 hours 30 mins
Target age
Clothing / belongings
Please come in comfortable clothing. Please bring trekking poles if you have.
Experience fee
- Junior high school students and older: JPY 8,470 per a person (tax incl.)
- Elementary school students and younger: JPY 6,050 per a person (tax incl.)
- Pre-school children: Free of charge

- Rice Cooking with Hagama Experience (JPY 1,210 per a person (tax incl.), additional 1 hour 30 mins)
- Rice Pounding Experience (JPY 1,815 per a person (tax incl.),additional 2 hours, taking the rice cakes home)

[What's included] Map for footpath, a cafe, lunch, insurance, rental trekking poles if needed
[What's not included] Drinks, transportation fees from/to meeting place
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers and travelers with back problems, heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- This activity will be canceled if typhoons come or a weather warning is announced.
- This activity will be run even if there is light rain.
Basic information
Name of facility
NPO Kirari Suigen Mura
1600, Haru, Kikuchi-shi, Kumamoto prefecture
Please come to a parking space of Kikuchi Furusato Suigen Koryukan.
You will find a flag saying 'Footpath (フットパス)'
[By car]
- Approx. 40 mins from Ueki IC of Kyushu Expressway
- Approx. 60 mins from Kumamoto city via route 387 and prefectural road 203
- Approx. 10 mins from Kikuchi-shi
Not available
Reservation acceptability
Reservations available: Please contact us using the inquiry form below.
- This reservation will be confirmed after checking the availability.
- The reservation is required 3 days prior. (by 13:00)
- This activity needs a minimum of 5 travelers.
- This activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
- Please let us know the following information: Lead travaller's name and phone number and also all travellers' names, birthdays or ages and intended addresses (or hotel's name and address). Address or hotel information are needed for insurance.
- Please let us know if you have any food allergies.
- Please let us know in advance if anybody in your group uses a wheelchair or a stroller, or has a service animal.
About cancellation fee
If you cancel within 1 day of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Facility information on the hotel
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
Consult with concierge
A dedicated concierge can help arrange the original travel plan and arrange accommodation. Please feel free to contact us
+81-505317-4494(10:00 ~ 19:00)
A well-organized facility
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