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In effort to show travelers a different side of Japan, we collaborated with Marugoto Rikuzentakata (Marugoto), an NPO based in Rikuzentakata, Iwate to put together an excursion in which local residents can share their local dishes, homes, and heritage with you. With Marugoto, we produced a community-driven and sustainable mode for traveling, where both the traveler and residents benefits from the exchange. 

About Rikuzentakata

Rikuzentakata, a quiet coastal town not known to many, was put on the map after the March 11th, 2011 tsunami. 7 years later, leaving very little trace of the place it once was, reconstruction still takes place.  As Rikuzentakata opens its next chapter by reviving its town, it continues to create new ways for travelers to explore the Takata region. From fresh seafood to traditional Japanese carpentry, Rikuzentakata possesses endless charms of countryside living and has never been more ready to share that with the global community.


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Rikuzentakata Experiences


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2 Days

Overview of Rikuzentakata x Detouur Excursion

Place | Rikuzentakata, Iwate (roughly 5 hrs away from Tokyo)
Languages offered | English, Spanish, Chinese & Japanese
Duration | 1 night & 2 days
Includes | 3 Experiences, local residents home experience, lunch, and transportation
within Rikuzentakata
*Details of the excursion will be shown at the booking page
Guide | A local guide will be with you at all times to accommodate any language barriers and also assist in sharing the local history of Rikuzentakata from a personal angle.

 

Cancellation Policy |

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 12 hours of purchase. See our cancellation policy here.
*Reservations made between 4 days before to the day of your scheduled experience will be exempted from this policy. No refunds will be given for such reservations.
* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed. 

 

3 Days

Overview of Rikuzentakata x Detouur Excursion

Place | Rikuzentakata, Iwate (roughly 5 hrs away from Tokyo)
Languages offered | English, Spanish, Chinese & Japanese
Duration | 2 nights & 3 days
Includes | 3 Experiences, local residents home experience, lunch, and transportation
within Rikuzentakata
*Details of the excursion will be shown at the booking page
Guide | A local guide will be with you at all times to accommodate any language barriers and also assist in sharing the local history of Rikuzentakata with a personal angle.

 

Cancellation Policy |

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 12 hours of purchase. See our cancellation policy here.
*Reservations made between 4 days before to the day of your scheduled experience will be exempted from this policy. No refunds will be given for such reservations.
* A detailed itinerary will be emailed to you once your booking has been confirmed. 

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A La Carte Experiences

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Oyster Farming: Enjoy fresh, steamed oysters with local fishermen

Experience Includes (100 min) |

  • 40 min - Boat ride to observe the oyster farming process

  • 60 min - Oyster tasting (freshly caught and steamed!) and explanation of the traits of Rikuzentakata’s oysters

Iwate, the prefecture where Rikuzentakata is located, is one of the top producers of oysters in all of Japan. The local economy is heavily dependent on commercial fishing, and so in the wake of the 2011 disasters, oyster-farming continues to play an integral role in Rikuzentakata’s recovery. Described as the “milk of the sea” in Japan, oysters are beloved for their deliciousness and high nutritional profile, containing such minerals as calcium, zinc and proteins such as glycogen and amino acids. Rikuzentaka’s oysters certainly do not disappoint. and their juicy Hanamigaki oysters are particularly well-known for their prodigious size.  Get a real taste of the ocean as you venture out onto the water with Rikuzentakata’s local fishermen, experts of the high seas, and enjoy the freshest oysters you’ll ever eat!

 

 

 

 

Kesen Carpentry: Create intricate wooden coasters with Iwate's special technique

Experience Includes (2hr)|

  • 20 min - Tour of carpentry studio

  • 60-80 min - Making coaster using Kesen carpentry technique

  • 20 min Appreciation of Kesen carpentry

Kesen carpentry is the the school of carpentry that originated in the Kesen region (now comprised of Rikuzentakata, Ofunato and Sumita in Iwate prefecture) during the Edo period.The lack of agricultural options and the bitter winters in this mountainous region originally forced its residents to learn and hone their carpentry skills, which became increasingly intricate and complex as these carpenters traveled the country and learned new techniques. The economic boost from the Meiji Restoration and the development  of the Tohoku Main Line railways helped popularize this intricate artisanal carpentry style which was used to make houses, temples and furniture. Today Kesen carpentry is known particularly for the way it does not utilize nails, screws or glue but depends exclusively on interlocking wooden pieces. Come try out this intricate technique yourself under the warm guidance of local Rikuzentaka carpenters.

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