Travel Blogs from Komagane
... it has a very old population. Tsumago seemed to attract a few young Japanese couples on romantic getaways (precious little of that anyway, considering Japan's romance problem) and a few foreign tourists (there was a large Irish family there) but mostly old Japanese women traveling both independently and on tours. And when I say old, I mean really old--like late 80s old.
So, obviously the older guys have died by that ...
... 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 ...
... the latter).
After a long day of pruning tea trees and getting hot and sweaty on a typical humid Shizuoka afternoon (the temperature was around 26 Celsius and for those Americans unversed in non Fahrenheit temperatures as we are that's around 78 degrees) we cleaned up and headed out to one of the nearby urban centers for a fast food experience. We had just picked Madoka up at the train station on her way back from visiting her elderly diabetic ...
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! :)
... tastiness as black tea. Black tea has become more popular recently in Japan (again according to Daisuke) due to its ability to fight hay fever reactions. In order to produce black tea there is a much longer fermentation process, however, and the tea factory that is right up the hill from their house is incapable of producing black tea. Madoka does prepare black tea in small batches directly from the house though and we have been able to try this tea ...
Other places to stay in Komagane
5-1086 Akaho, Komagane | Hotelfrom $110
759-490 Akaho, Komagane | Hotelfrom $264
497-1497 Akaho, Komagane | Hotelfrom $231
11-8 Chuo, Komagane | Hotelfrom $70
1522-3 Akaho, Komagane | Hotelfrom $73