The Shinjo and Mogami region of Yamagata is a rural area with wide vistas of abundant nature and rice paddies. It overflows with ways to enjoy the four seasons and wisdom for making life richer. Create straw lifestyle goods, eat fermented foods and regional dishes, and enjoy a chat with a local farmer. In this region, the ordinary culture that is taken for granted will be an extraordinary experience for you. Shinjo and Mogami are great places to experience the charm of rural living.
Making twined cord bracelets (15 min)
Learn how to make bracelets with a cord-twining technique with a local craftsman.
Crafting straw ornaments (30–60 min)
Chat with a straw craftsman as you create a straw ornament in the shape of an animal.
Farmstay experience (farming experience is 1–2 hours)
Stay at a farmhouse and enjoy local dishes. Experience farm work all year round, with seasonal activities such as planting rice paddies and harvesting rice, summer vegetables, wild edible plants, and vegetables under the snow, as well as learning how to cook local cuisine.