This tour offers a superb insight into Japanese cuisine and culture that everyone can appreciate, not just foodies….
This tour offers a superb insight into Japanese cuisine and culture that everyone can appreciate, not just foodies. As we walk around, we explain the making of and the origins of tsukemono (pickled vegetables), miso, sake, wagashi (Japanese confectionery) and so on, as well as their close relation to the everyday life of the locals and the climate and history of Takayama. Of course, as well as learning about the various foods and drinks, we do also get to try quite a lot of them, which everyone enjoys.
What makes this an even-more-special experience, though, is the chance to see into the daily lives of the people living in Takayama. The foods and dishes introduced during the tour are ones that the local people consume daily, as well as being strongly connected to the culture of the Hida area, the traditional name of Takayama. In addition, visitors have the opportunity to communicate with the people working in the colourful Jinya-Mae morning market and the town’s small shops, some of which have been in existence for generations.
I particularly love the Jinya-Mae market. You can see and taste a variety of ingredients that change with the seasons, but the old ladies running the stalls are the real highlight. It’s really fun just talking to them.