2-Day Ibaraki Food Tour

Explore rural Japan, just northeast of Tokyo - enjoy local flavors, meet local producers, and see how daily life unfolds outside the hustle and bustle of big cities - in quaint Ibaraki Prefecture.

2 days


  • Visit local producers at a lotus root farm, sake brewery, "natto" fermented soy bean factory, soy sauce producer, have tastings and learn about each production first hand
  • Join a cooking class using fresh, local produce
  • Connect with local people, learn about the daily life in rural areas


Curious about food, local produce and life in Japan's countryside? Head to Ibaraki, situated some 100 km northeast of Tokyo for a 2-day food tour. Arrive at Tsuchiura Station, get transferred by organized transport to a local lotus root ("renkon" in Japanese) tour farm. The area around Tsuchiura is number 1 in lotus root production in Japan,and well known for this produce. Head back to Tsuchiura afterwards for lunch. Enjoy a multi-course meal at a traditional Japanese restaurant. Join two more tours in the afternoon. Visit a sake brewery with over 100 years of tradition. and taste some excellent sake as well. Afterward, head to a local "natto" (fermented soy beans) producer and learn about this super healthy food, often a staple in Japanese home. In the evening head to your accommodation and get ready for day 2 of exploring rural Japan. The next day brings you more food-related delights, such as a cooking class and more. Join our 2-day Ibaraki tour and treat yourself to some amazing discoveries. 



Day 1

  • Arrive at Tsuchiura station around 09:00, pick up by van
  • Drive south, visit Renkon Sankyodai lotus root farm (fields, factory, tasting)
  • Drive back to the Tsuchiura area, lunch at Touemon 
  • Drive to Tsukinoi Shuzo sake brewery - visit the brewery, have sake tasting
  • Visit Tengu Natto natto (fermented soy beans) factory tour
  • Drive to accommodation (Oarai Hotel or similar)

Day 2

  • Leave accommodation at around 09:00
  • Drive to Kurosawa Shoten Shoyu soy sauce factory (storehouse, factory, tasting, shop)
  • Visit Kura and Soba Nakaya  for lunch 
  • Cooking class at Kasumi Kitchen 
  • Return to Tsuchiura Station
  • Train back to Tokyo

Important information

Included in price

  • Guide service
  • Renkon Sankyoudai farm (lotus root farm) visit
  • Lunch on Day 1 and Day 2
  • Accommodation on Day 1
  • Transportation during tour
  • Souvenir at each optional activity (Tsukinoi Shuzo sake brewery: sake or one of their products, or Kurosawa Shoten Shoyu soy sauce factory: dessert and souvenir)

Not included

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

Other Important Information:

  • The tour will go on sale after the end of COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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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