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Stay at Fukiko's House

The Option of a Doing a Cultural Home-stay in order to Know More about the Region

Fukiko Teramachi is the owner of the Teramachi House. Fukiko offers her house as a guesthouse and takes care of the tour guide services with great enthusiasm. Building on her past experience working for a major tourist agency, she provides high-quality cultural home-stays with the motto, “Experience Japan by interacting with locals during your trip.” You can stay for a short or long period. We recommend that you use the house as your base for your tour of Japan.

Using the Kansai Region at the Starting Point for your Japan Tour

With its rich and long history, the Kansai region has been the cultural heart of Japan and is a site at which many different cultures have gathered. This is why Fukiko says that the Kansai region is the best place for understanding Japan. Homestays at the Teramachi House offer an original program suited to the preference of each guest. Because of Fukiko is an independent guide, she takes great care in serving you. She will happily accompany to sites of interest if you so desire and she will provide tours in English.

The Option of Staying in a House

What is the appeal of the Teramachi House? For starters, the house is kept very clean and it has a beautiful garden, both of which are characteristic of Japanese houses. The bedroom in the annex next to the garden serves as your private space during your home-stay. Fukiko cooks meals together with the guest(s) using organic vegetables taken from her garden. When we went to the house to interview Fukiko, Sherill, a long-stay guest, was there. She said to us, “Fukiko wants both her guests and herself to enjoy the life here, which is an attitude I really appreciate.”

Deepening your Experience of Japanese Culture

Besides the experience of farming in the vegetable garden with Fukiko, you can take a variety of cultural lessons, such as flower arrangement and playing the koto, a traditional Japanese instrument. To take such lessons, you go to Kameoka-city by bicycle, passing by old Japanese houses with red, lattice windows. You can also participate in local festival in Kameoka and the surrounding area. In this way you can enter more deeply into the realm of Japanese culture, something that few people have the chance to do.

Teramachi's House
Fukiko Teramachi
10 Kitakakiuchi Kawarajiri Kawarabayashi-cho Kameoka-city Kyoto
621-0007, Japan

Kyoto Ceramics

Kyōyaki (Kyoto Ceramics): at the cutting edge of Japanese Ceramics

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For centuries Kyoto ceramics (known as Kyōyaki) have been developed and appreciated by tea masters and aristocrats in the old Japanese capital of Kyoto. Kyōyaki pottery is characterized by graceful curves and elegant coloring. With its sophistication and delicacy, it is said that Kyōyaki stands at the leading edge in Japanese ceramics.

The Experience of Making Pottery from the Starting Point of Coiling up Clay Rope.

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A handmade vessel can be formed by coiling up long clay rope on a flattened clay base. Once you get the height you want, you must pinch the seams where two layers of clay rope meet and make the surface flat. It is perfectly fine if at this stage the piece of pottery does not match the exact image that you have in mind; as long as it has the shape of a container, at this point you just rest for awhile the pottery dries.

From Clay Cuttings to the Painting of Ceramics: Making the Ceramic Your Own

As you concentrate on repeatedly shaping the container in line with your image, a shape hidden in the earthenware will gradually appear, which is an irreplaceable joy. A piece of deer skin is applied as a finishing touch. By the time you arrive at the stage of painting, your heart is already that of a potter. There are not many pottery kilns that allow you such an intimate experience of pottery making.

A Pottery Kiln where Time Flows Luxiously and Calmly By

The Nogiso Kiln site, known as Nogiso-gama, is a 140-year-old, traditional Japanese-style house with a studio section and living quarter. You can have your work sent to you after it is fired. There are, however, cases in which pottery piece are broken during shipment, no matter how carefully they are packed. If you would like to inquire about delivery services, please consult Mr.Kuroki.

Toshihide Kuoki
50 Yoshoka Kakihara Hiedano-cho Kameoka-city Kyoto
621-0036, Japan

Hekitei: a Samurai Residence

The Hekitei: a Samurai Residence from the Edo Period (17th–19th Centuries)

Although the Hekitei, currently well-known as a Japanese-style restaurant, was built over 300 years ago during the Edo period, the buildings maintain a robust appearance. It used to be the residence of the Heki family, known as the originators of Kyūdō, traditional Japanese archery. Nowadays, the Hekitei is highly prized as an historic Japanese house, and it is often used in for filming movies and samurai dramas, as well as a destination for sightseeing tours from Britain.

The Spirit of Samurai is Close at Hand

Edo-period Samurai weapons, such as spears and bows, are laid out in on the floor. Entering a tatami-floored room, you will see a portrait of Kishi Renzan, as well-known as Maruyama Ohkyo, on the sliding doors still in use. The whole place is a living museum without glass display cases.

Making Rolled Sushi with Assistance from Restaurant Staff

The Hekitei provides a program in which tourists can experience making traditional, homemade rolled-sushi. For instance, kanpyō is a thinly sliced and dried squash-like vegetable that is an indispensable ingredient for rolled-sushi but that is virtually unknown to most non-Japanese. Those who participate in this prgram can enjoy making sushi while listening to a lecture on uniquely Japanese ingredients, such as kanpyō.

Enjoying the Atmosphere of the Surrounding Area

To the west of Hekitei, there is a Shinto shrine; it takes 5 minutes by car to get there. It is believed that the shrine is beneficial to tie a not for relationship. If you make a wish and write it down on a heart-shaped, wooden tablet at this shrine, your secret wish shall be fulfilled. Besides this shrine, there are many other sites of interest nearby, such as a sake brewery and the Yunohana hot springs. In addition, Kameoka City is situated in a rich natural environment and is blessed with a clear-water rive. The Hozu-gawa River Ride is one of many exciting activities this area offers.

HEKITEIbr> 50 Yoshoka Kakihara Hiedano-cho Kameoka-city Kyoto
621-0004, Japan