Living in the city, it’s hard to forget that Nagoya is so much closer to the countryside than many other urban areas in Japan. In July, JFF is partnering with the nearby village of Iwamura to give visitors a taste of traditional Japanese mountain life. After enjoying a battery-assisted bike tour of the central town area and castle ruins, we’ll hand-make savory gohei-mochi to be enjoyed as part of lunch, which also includes fresh local soba noodles and vegetables. After a bit more exploration of the hills and rice fields, we’ll cap the day off with a sake tasting at the local brewery. Perfect for anyone who needs a break from the city’s summer heat!