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Day Trip Ideas: Ushimado

20,Aug 2015 Day Trip Ideas

Did you know that there are olive gardens in Japan, located on hills in a prime spot overlooking magnificent views of the Seto Inland Sea and nearby islands?


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Yunogo Activities: Glass making at Glass Studio TOOS

16,Aug 2015 Activities in Yunogo


Glass is so ubiquitous in our daily lives that it is almost taken for granted. At Glass Studio TOOS, the glassblowers wield their craft masterfully to produce functional objects of great beauty. From cups with minimalist patterning to small yet striking kanzashi, and from dainty dangling earrings to bold glass quills, every object produced at the studio is unique and usable. The skill of the glassblowers is evident in every object, and it is almost impossible not to feel at least a small measure of awe for the craftsmen when handling and appraising their creations.

Now, you can try making your own glass object, with the expert aid and instruction of the glassblowers at Glass Studio TOOS.

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Yunogo Activities: Deer skin handicraft at 35R/kokochi

12,Aug 2015 Activities in Yunogo


35R / kokochi is a local shop in Mimasaka which sells antiques, curiosities, and an assortment of other goods, including deer skin products made with the skin of deer from the surrounding area. Here, it is also possible to try crafting small objects with deer skin, under the guidance of an expert. One can make objects such as screen cleaners, key rings, coin cases, and small purses, all using skin from local deer.

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Seasonal Delights: Introducing Kifu no Sato’s Autumn Standard Kaiseki Course

11,Aug 2015 Information

One of the main draws of staying in a traditional Japanese ryokan is undoubtedly the food. Here at Kifu no Sato, with a one night stay, one can enjoy a luxurious traditional Japanese kaiseki meal for dinner, as well as a refreshing breakfast the next day. All ingredients are carefully sourced to ensure that only the freshest produce of the highest quality is used. The menu is changed every season, and the chefs do their utmost to ensure that a meal that complements the atmosphere and brings out the best in the ingredients used is created.

Today, we would like to introduce Kifu no Sato’s autumn Standard Kaiseki dinner set, which will be served from 1 September 2015 to 5 November 2015.


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Kifu no Sato featured in Financial Times article

05,Aug 2015 Media

At the end of July, one of our guests, Caroline Daniel, had her article about her visit to Japan published in the Financial Times.

Caroline took a nine-day trip around various locations in rural Japan to indulge in traditional Japanese hospitality, and to savour the different experiences offered by the area’s recent artisan-led cultural tourism revival.

In the article, Caroline speaks of Kifu no Sato with fondness, acknowledging the ryokan’s hospitality and the draw of its onsen and kaiseki cuisine for local Japanese tourists. The ryokan was her stop for travelling to other areas to touch base with what the local establishments have to offer.

Returning from the day’s travels to reinvigorate herself in Kifu no Sato, the incorporation of furniture by Masayuki Oshima, a woodcraft artisan from neighbouring Nishiawakura, into Kifu no Sato’s interior decor does not go unnoticed by Caroline. She was also able to observe and attempt ikebana with Kifu no Sato’s ikebana master, Koyo Kuroda.

The full article can be found here, and below the cut is the segment concerning Kifu no Sato and the surrounding area. If any of the experiences (tours, locations, restaurants, etc.) mentioned are of interest, please do not hesitate to contact Kifu no Sato to inquire. We will do our best to arrange and accommodate your requests.

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