Seasonal farming, cooking and eating in Iya Valley
The Iya Valley is home to a system of sustainable agriculture that has been practised for over a thousand years. The valley is too steep for growing rice, and instead, potatoes and various grains are cultivated organically, using grass as mulch and fertiliser.
You drop in on the Inooka family who have been farming for many years in Iya. You can experience seasonal life and farming in Iya, such as picking edible wild plants and tea in the spring, harvesting summer vegetables, and making konjac and hay stooks in autumn. You use the freshly harvested vegetables to cook local dishes with the family. Grandma Inooka shows you how to roast the tea leaves to produce the flavourful tea enjoyed in Iya. It's hot work, but very rewarding. You can take some tea home as a souvenir.
The plot of leafy vegetables in the front yard is netted to keep out the wild monkeys and boar that also live in the valley. Birds of prey circle in the sky above. Sitting in the yard overlooking the steep valley, you can enjoy local cuisine, unique to Iya. This is a true taste of slow food and slow life in the countryside of Shikoku.
|Charge (including tax)||3,500 yen per adult|
|Start time (Meeting time)||10:00|
|Required duration||3 hours|
|Meeting place (Departure place)||JR Oboke Station|
|Address||Nishi-Iya Oboke, Miyoshi, Tokushima|
|Maximum number of participants||6 people|
|Minimum number of participants||2 people|
|Implementation period (Open)||April to December|
|Exclusion dates (Closed)||Obon, New Year holidays|
|Reservation deadline||7 days before departure date|
|Cancellation charge||0% up to 8 days before departure, 30% 7 to 2 days before, 50% 1 day before, 100% on the day or no show|
Contact and Reservations
Operator: Sora no Sato
Phone: +81 883-87-8988