Travel North for a short distance from the Kyoto city and you will find a vast nature and placid people there. How about home staying in Keihoku (Northern part of Kyoto Prefecture)? Here in Keihoku you can enjoy Japanese casual nature and lifestyle that you cannot find in tourist destinations inside the Kyoto city. How do modern Japanese people live? What do they eat daily and what do they think about? Vast nature and kind people are waiting for you here in Keihoku. They will make your trips to Japan more meaningful and unforgettable! Please enjoy a-once-in-lifetime encounter with casual nature and people.
Hideo, the master of the family, is a self-employed manufacturer of kimono for foreign people. His hobbies are bicycle-ride, playing with dogs, traveling abroad, reading books which compare different cultures, history, sea fishing, making pickles and vegetables, and so on. He speaks English without inconvenience. His wife, Yukako, is an instructor of aerobics, yoga and swimming. Her hobbies are playing with dogs, motorbike-riding, cooking, studying about health. She can speak broken English. She is very cheerful lady.
They live with Gabu (a male basset hound which does things at his own pace and doesn’t obey what they say) and Gon (a male dachshund which has a habit of charging wild deer and boar).
The Message to Guests: I traveled to South Europe and North Africa alone at the age of 20 and traveled around fourteen countries in East Europe with my motorbike by myself at the age of 50. Since I had been helped a lot in foreign countries, now I want to help foreign tourists in return. Please feel free to ask me what you like to enjoy in the countryside, and how to enjoy the inconvenience there. If you like riding motorbikes let’s think about it too.
Visit Great Nature & Enjoy Cooking at a Traditional Thatched House
Japanese dishes are now widely known as very healthy and tasty. We want to invite you to cooking experience in rural community surrounded by beautiful mountains in Kyoto.
What you will be cooking is what Japanese people would normally eat in their home, rather than traditional food. It will be simple and easy, so that you can try cooking after you go back home.
The place we offer you to visit will be a very traditional thatched house owned by a cheerful couple. The house is located right next to their farm, so you can also harvest and cook the freshest local vegetables.
Mini tour Schedule
Departure from Kyoto station
Pickup at Shuzan bus stop
Visit a beautiful and peaceful temple (Joshokoji 常照皇寺)
Have a lunch at riverside
Visit giant cedars of more than 1200 years old
Start cooking at a traditional thatched (kayabuki) house
Eat with local people
Back to bus stop
Arrival in Kyoto
Fee: 8,000yen (per person, minimum passenger count: 4 persons) * When we have less than 3 guests, fee would be 10,000yen per person.