Kyoto Farm Immersion and Mochi Rice Cake Making

1 Day


1 Day

Kyoto Farm Immersion and Mochi Rice Cake Making


Escape the buzz of Kyoto to experience a slower pace of life in the countryside of Ogi Village. Wander through the picturesque rice terraces to a local farmer’s house – learn about the cultivation of rice and try making Mochi rice cakes using the traditional process. Enjoy a family lunch with the local farmers as they prepare fresh Sukiyaki then head over to Ogoto Hot Springs for a therapeutic soak in the onsen pools.


  • Immerse in traditional Japanese farming culture with a local family
  • Use a giant mallet and mortar to make Mochi rice cakes
  • Visit Ogoto Hot Springs for a relaxing end to the day


  • Local Taxi fare
  • English Speaking guide
  • Hot Spring entrance fee
  • Ingredients and fees for the cooking demonstration
  • Lunch (from your own preparations)
  • Service charges and government VAT tax



Ogi Village "Little Kyoto"

DAY 1 - Ogi Village "Little Kyoto"

Meet a local tour guide at JR Ogoto-onsen Station (just 30 minutes from Kyoto city centre) and take a taxi through picturesque countryside to arrive in the quaint, mountainside village of Ogi. Nicknamed “Little Kyoto”, this scenic village thrives on agriculture making it the perfect place to learn about rural life in Japan and taste fresh speciality foods.

Wander through the village streets to encounter locals going about their daily tasks and meander along the terraced rice paddies which have been irrigated using local spring water for more than a millennium. Local legend says that this spring started miraculously running from the location where an emperor enshrined the Shinto Spirit of Rain when a severe drought hit the area – since that time, the spring has been a lifeline for Ogi village. Visit the Ogura Shrine where the Spirit is believed to reside; here locals come to pay homage and pray for a good harvest.

The rice fields change appearance in unison with the seasons - Spring offers a glistening display of flooded fields; Summer offers colours of luminous green strands swaying in the breeze; Autumn is when the stems ripen into a deep gold; Winter is when fields regenerate to the colours of the earth and the area can sometimes be dusted in snow.

From here, stroll through nearby rice terraces to visit a local rice farmer’s house to learn all about Mochi – a traditional Japanese rice cake – and try make it for yourself. With the guidance of the local family, practise pounding hot, glutinous rice using a giant mallet and mortar. Mould the paste into the desired shape, sprinkle with flour and then the creations are ready to devour!

Sit down for lunch with the local family and enjoy sharing Sukiyaki, a type of Japanese hot-pot. Gather around the single pot as the hosts cook freshly picked vegetables and local chicken in a delicious soup; enjoy chatting with the family as everyone dines on this simple yet yummy dish.

After lunch, say goodbye to the friendly family and head to nearby Ogoto Hot Spring Resort for an afternoon of therapeutic bliss. These onsen pools located at the foot of the mountains, are fed by an underground stream from the Ogi Spring - locals have used this water for more than a thousand years to cure their aches and pains. Enjoy an afternoon of pampering with a leisurely soak in the natural hot spring water.

Feeling relaxed and revitalised, return to JR Ogoto-onsen Station to take the train back to Kyoto city.

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