1-Day Ibaraki Food Tour

Spend an active day full of local food experiences in Ibaraki, just an hour of a train ride from Tokyo. Meet the locals, learn about their trades, and try your hand at cooking with local ingredients or pay a visit to a soy sauce factory and learn how this worldwide popular condiment is traditionally produced.

1 day


  • Spend a day in Japan's countryside, meet local people and explore local tastes
  • Visit a family-run lotus root ("renkon") farm and learn about the production of this delicious ingredient often found in Asian cuisine
  • Choose between a Japanese cuisine cooking class and a tour of soy sauce maker


Head to Ibaraki Prefecture  for a day of some delicious local food discoveries. Ibaraki Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, is only an hour and a half away by train. After your arrival at Tsuchiura Station, in organized transportation visit a local "renkon" lotus root farm, a family business run by three brothers. Owing to its wetlands, lotus root production thrives in this area, and it is the largest one in the country. Learn first hand from the farmers how lotus root is grown. You can also see what the production line is like, and have lotus root tasting. Your lunch will be at a Toemon, a Japanese restaurant that adds a wonderful twist to Italian cuisine or at Shimizuya, which traditionally specializes in “unagi” eel dishes. You will also be visiting a local sake brewery, Tsukinoi Shuzo. In the afternoon you have a choice of two activities. Opt for a cooking class in a picturesque setting at the Kasumigaura lakeside. Alternatively, join a tour of a soy sauce maker. Depending on your chosen activity, in the late afternoon return to Tokyo either from either Tsuchiura Station or Mito Station. Our 1-day Ibaraki food tour will surely offer you a glimpse into a suburban, and rural Japan, each with its own charm. 


Itinerary - tour available on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays

  • Arrive at Tsuchiura Station around 09:00, pick up by van
  • Drive to Renkon Sankyoudai, local lotus root producer (visit to lotus root fields, tasting)
  • Return to Tsuchiura area
  • Lunch at Touemon or Shimizuya
  • Drive to Tsukinoi Shuzoten, sake brewery (brewery tour and sake tasting)
  • Optional activity: 
    1. Visit to soy sauce maker, Kurosawa Shoten Shoyu
    2. Cooking class at Kasumi Kitchen 
         Return to Tokyo from Tsuchiura Station

Important information

Included in price

  • Transportation during the tour
  • Lunch
  • Optional activity
  • Souvenir at each optional activity (Tsukinoi Shuzo sake brewery: sake or one of their products, and Kurosawa Shoten Shoyu soy sauce maker: dessert and souvenir)
  • Original recipes using lotus root when cooking class is chosen as option

Not included

  • Transportation to/from starting/ending point of the tour
  • Any personal expenses

Tour is available on the following days: 
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Let us know your preferred tour date via the live chat option or email <shop@japantravel.com> 

Have a look at the profiles of chefs whose original recipes you receive upon booking.

Other Important Information:

  • Participation applications are subject to national agreements.
  • Tour content may be changed to the same quality content depending on the season or suppliers’ circumstances.

Know before you book:


  • 6 to 4 days prior to the day of your trip – 50 %, 
  • 3 days prior – 100 %, 
  • On the day, No-show – 100 %

Meeting point

Tsuchiura Station
2 Ariakechō, Tsuchiura, Ibaraki 300-0035

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Organised by Japan Travel KK

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