Furuma-ya Cooking Class
Furuma-ya is a traditional thatched-roof home built in the Edo period (1603-1868), and has since been remade into a farmhouse inn.
There's a feeling of homemade warmth in the house, on which the owner worked hard to rennovate.
Perfect for those who want to step away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a more relaxing experience, here you can vegetarian food with local country vegetables and other ingredients, together with the charming owner of this popular inn.
Vegan options are also available, and Furuma-ya will also try to accomodate Halal requests.
A Kyoto Field Trip For Grown-Ups! Make a Kyo-Kuksa Mug with Tanshu Wood & Forestry Tour
Enter the forests of Kyoto, and learn about the timber industry with a first-hand tour, from the felling of trees to their transformation into lumber at the sawmill.
Learn about Woodland Kyoto's unique forestry, enjoy lunch in the forest, and take in the relaxing surroundings.
"Tanshu timber" is the nickname given to cedar and cypress grown along the Yura River in the Chutan area. It s a high quality timber that has been traded at high prices since ages past.
The kuksa (guksi) mugs made here are a traditional handicraft of the Sami people indigenous to Finland, and it is said that the person who is gifted one of these mugs is sure to find happiness.
During this activity, participants will make their own Kyo-Kuksa mugs by filing down a mug that's about 80% finished.
By filing down the remaining 20%, you can make a mug that fits the shape of your own hand.
Experience for yourself the process by which a living tree in the forest is transformed into an object we use in our daily lives.
1. Meet up
2. Go to forest *It is preferable that you come dressed in clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, and bring work gloves.
3. See the felling of trees
4. Eat lunch on a tree stump *Please bring your own lunch.
5. Sawmill tour
6. Kuksa mug-making *You will be able to take your own kuksa mug home with you on the day of the activity.
Hozu-gawa River Boat Ride
Kyoto's premiere spot for scenic beauty, flowing 16km between the mountains leading to Arashiyama, the Hozugawa River was once an important waterway used for transporting lumber to the capital. Today, visitors can enjoy a two-hour boat ride through nature here. With 3-5 skilled boatsmen steering, you can enjoy gazing out at cherry blossoms in the spring, fresh green foliage in the summer, the colored leaves of autumn, and the massive boulders and fantastic rock formations along the way. Experience the deep pools, rapids, and all the thrills of an ever-changing mountain river.
Masahiro Sword Smithing Experience
Learn about Japanese swords/katana from an active Japanese swordsmith, and use tamahagane, the same type of steel used to make Japanese swords, to make a hilt-less, small, sword-shaped blade (tousugata kogatana).
In this activity, you can step into the world of katana, and learn all about the culture of Japanese swords in a single day.
Stretch the steel with your own hands to create a 15 cm blade.
Raku-ware Pottery Experience
At Shoraku Kiln, pottery-throwing activities are carried out on a reservation-only system. Experience making raku-ware pottery tea bowls in the same way as the raku-ware craftsmen.
After shaping the dough by hand, it is dried for about one hour, and then cut into the desired shape and weight to finish your very own piece.
Only raku-ware tea bowls can be made during this activity.
There is a small zen temple at the end of a road that stretches through the rice fields.
In this entirely private environment, you can speak with a Buddhist monk, and after bringing your body into balance with some stretching, you can experience seated zen meditation.
Come have your own personal meditation experience.
The traditional ball game kemari has a history in Japan stretching back over 1,400 years. Indispensible to the game is its deerskin ball. The only kemari master who produces these deerskin balls according to the traditional methods is in Kyotamba, Kyoto Prefecture. Yutatsu Ikeda has 45 years of experience as a kemari player, and in addition to a demonstration, he will also explain the essence of kemari to participants.
Bamboo Basket Weaving: Experience the skills of a certified Kyoto craftsman!
Take this chance to re-experience the wonder and high quality of bamboo in this workshop that has fashioned bamboo fences for 60 years.
The work here is easy to perform, regardless of gender. You can use you basket for a variety of uses, be it a flower basket or container for small items!
Regular Performances of Traditional Performing Arts
Traditional Japanese performing arts are regularly performed in the hall at the "Wa" Michi-no-Eki rest stop.
Enjoy performances of "ningyo jyoruri" (puppet theater), "wachi daiko" drumming, and "obata mansai" theatrical performances, carefully passed down by the local people here.
Fukuchiyama Dokkoise Festival
During the Dokkoise Festival, there is a traditional dance procession, in which groups from government offices, companies, local residents' associations, and other groups, as well as individuals of both genders and all ages can freely participate. There is also a Dokkoise Children's Festival.
Fukuchiyama Castle Festival
This traditional festival heralds springtime in Fukuchiyama.
The castle was originally constructed by samurai Akechi Mitsuhide, and this festival commemorates the re-construction of the castle tower in 1986, renewing successive festivities such as the "Commerce Tourism Festival," the "Science and Sunlight Exposition," and the "Fukuchiyama Demon Festival" as the Fukuchiyama Castle Festival, which continues to this day.
Places known for their association with Akechi Mitsuhide (Fukuchiyama Castle and Goryo Shrine) are the venues for this event, at which visitors can enjoy local Fukuchiyama food, stage shows, parades, and more.
Shutendoji Demon Festival
Held on Mt. Oe, which is famous for the legend of Shutendoji, said to be Japan's strongest demon, this festival includs a number of events, including a parade of samurai, including Minamoto-no-Yorimitsu, to drive away demons, as well as the "Mt. Oe Demon Test," and more.