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Travel Blogs from Iida
... really not that complicated. First, we needed to take the Shinkansen--that's the bullet-train--to Nagoya, then transfer to an express, and then transfer to a local for the last fifteen minutes. The local was two cars, but basically its a subway with handholds. This dropped us about 2 miles from Tsumago. Only in Japan can you take a subway train to within 2 miles of some place that is basically the middle of nowhere.
... in abundance...little did we know this would mean the hardest work thus far in Japan! We arrived at the rice field with a warning from Madoka that weeding would be hard work but up until now the work had been only moderately taxing (although with our out of shape bodies still tiring) and we were prepared for more of the same...dun dun dun...
Weeding a rice field with a machine or without is taxing. The machines we used were hand propelled and created a ...
... we tried.
- Step 1: Arrive at restaurant, park in the tiniest parking spot available to man and squeeze your way out while trying not to disturb anything around you.
- Step 2: Saunter into the restaurant with a confident swagger but your eyes downcast, it is not common to meet the eyes of strangers but know that as a gaijin (foreigner) you will be stared at, I usually just give out a friendly smile or a nod of the head to acknowledge ...
I recorded a brief clip on our way to work on the first day at Uno Team Farm just to give everyone a feel for the scenery! I finally got it uploaded on youtube...enjoy! :)
Their tea is grown organically according to the regulations of the tea union that Daisuke is a member of. This means that only approved fertilizers are used...we originally hazarded a guess as to what fertilizers they used given the fact that the family has a composting toilet (digging in dirt made from human poo is such a thrilling thought isn't it?) but the fertilizers they use are from chickens and fish emulsion. Tea itself requires quite ...
Other places to stay in Iida
2-3-5 Ikuracho, Iida | 3 star hotelfrom $111
1-1 Nishikicho, Iida | Hotelfrom $88
28 Tokiwamachi, Iida | Hotelfrom $59
1 Nishiki-cho, Iida | Hotelfrom $93
4-13 Chuo-dori, Iida | Hotelfrom $69
1-23 Odori, Iida | Hotelfrom $54