Snow/ Rural Life

Snow/ Rural Life

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“Ugo” is a rural town located in the southern part of Akita. It receives the biggest amount of snow fall in the prefecture. The whole town becomes covered with snow and the results are breathtaking. In order to survive the severe winter, the people living in Ugo have acquired many wisdoms of living. Those wisdoms have helped to nurture its own customs and cultural identity. Would you like to experience life in the place that receives the most snow in the Akita prefecture and learn the wisdoms of the people living in Ugo town? Ugo town offers a one and only 100% original program of this to tourists.

■ Snow/ Rural life experience 1-night 2-days tour schedule

【Day 1】

10:00 Meet at Omagari Station

From the town of Omagari (renowned for its fireworks display), we will arrive in Ugo town by bus (the ride takes a little over 1 hour). Here at the town covered with white snow, the 2-day tour in the beautiful white world will begin!

11:30 Lunch

Arriving at Ugo town around noon, we will enjoy the Ugo specialty dish “Nishimonai” soba noodle at a local restaurant.

13:30 Kamakura-igloo making

After eating lunch, we will take part in the local “Kamakura” (igloo) making. Cooperating with your peers, let’s make a big igloo!

16:00 Cooking, Dinner, Stay

For those interested, we will prepare a delicious dinner with local moms and the staff of the accommodation! Enjoy various kinds of original cuisines with delicious locally produced vegetables.

【Day 2】

7:00 Snow walking/ Breakfast

Let’s get outside! Walk around (with snow shoes) and enjoy the porcelain-white view of winter morning. You can dive into the sheer white snow, and make a human shape in the ground. It’s up to you on how you want to enjoy the snow!

10:00 Meditation at a Zen temple

At a historic temple, you can experience Zen meditation and Buddhist cuisines. Have a unique mindful experience and both your mind and body will be purified for sure!

13:00 Kimono Experience

It is quite a rare opportunity to try on a special Kimono “Hanui” which is only worn during the Bon dance festival. The festival is called “Nishimonai Bon Dance festival” and it has more than 800 years of history.

15:30 Arrive at Omagari Station

Return back to Omagari station. By taking the bullet train, you can easily get to other famous sightseeing spots such as the old samurai town of Kakunodate, and Japan’s deepest lake Tazawa lake.

■ Tour Fare: 35,000 yen~

The price above includes
-Lunch
-Kamakura Igloo
-Dinner/Breakfast
-Accommodation
-Snow Trekking
-Zen meditation
-Kimono experience
-Transportation (Chartered Taxi)

■ Options

-Indigo dyeing experience / You can experience traditional Japanese indigo dyeing
Duration 1 hour and half
Option fee: Varies depending on the number of participants

-Kanjiki snow shoe making at a thatched roof inn/ make your original Japanese traditional snow shoes and go trekking with them.
Duration/ 1 hour and half
Option fee: Varies depending on the number of participants

-Japanese Rice Cake (Mochi) making at a thatched roof inn/ Using delicious Akita rice, make sticky rice cake “Mochi”
Duration/ 1 hour and half
Option fee: Varies depending on the number of participants

-Bon Dance Viewing / Enjoy viewing the traditional performing art of Ugo town “Nishimonai Bon Dance”.
Duration/ 1 hour and half
Option fee: Varies depending on the number of participants

-Soba Noodle Making at thatched roof inn/ Learn how to make soba noodle from dough making to everything. Professional soba chef will teach you the authentic way!
Duration/ 1 hour and half
Option fee: Varies depending on the number of participants

Please consult the homepage of the relevant tour company to confirm tour details and conditions.
実際のツアーの詳しい旅行条件は各社のHPでご確認ください

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