Photo: Mie Prefecture - YOSHINORIARAI
Dec 4th
Photo: Mie Prefecture - YOSHINORIARAI

Free Virtual Event: Sukiyaki with Matsusaka Beef in Mie 2021

A culinary journey and farm stay in rural Taiki, Japan

Saturday - Dec 4th 2021

Join a gourmet adventure filled with top-quality local ingredients and award-winning wagyu beef. This culinary journey starts in the Japanese rural area of Taiki Town, a landscape surrounded by mountains and coast, famous for the renowned Matsusaka (or Matsuzaka) beef. Join our local guides virtually as we explore the area and get hands-on with the creation of the popular Japanese soul food sukiyaki, a perfect pairing for the approaching winter.

Virtual event:

Available December 4th, 1:00 pm JST

Photo: Mie Prefecture

Our tour will have a sustainability focus too, as we explore the local land, blessed with a mild climate and an abundance of nature and foodstuffs. We will join a farm stay where guests harvest local vegetables and cook rice in a traditional kamado oven.

All of the ingredients come together to make our sukiyaki dish which we will taste towards the end of the tour. The local Matsusaka beef is the pride of Mie Prefecture and is treated as a work of art as its presented and prepared. When added to sukiyaki, the meat flavor fills the air and adds to the flavor of the soup and vegetables. The meat itself is sliced thinly and so soft that it almost melts in your mouth.

Photo: Mie Prefecture

Attendees are welcome to participate in the tour through a live chat session with our guides to help answer questions along the way!

Virtual event:

Available December 4th, 1:00 pm JST

Tour Itinerary (Schedule subject to change)

13:00 - Opening and Introductions in Taiki, Mie

13:05 - Farm Stay Introduction and guest house tour

13:15 - Vegetable Harvest

13:20 - Rice cooking and Mochi Preparation

13:30 - Matsusaka Beef Introduction

13:40 - Meal arrangement and tasting

13:50 - Closing / Question and Answer

Photo: Mie Prefecture

Countryside Stays Japan Countryside stays - known as “nouhaku” in Japanese - offer unique insights into Japanese rural life, providing an ideal contrast to big city breaks in Tokyo or Osaka. Sign up for a farm-stay experience and participate in traditional rural-lifestyle activities in countryside locations. Take part in centuries-old traditional activities, and lodge in unique accommodations. You can also farm, fish, and cook regional cuisine with your host - all while forging genuine connections with local people. Website:

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Susan Tumanon 2 years ago
Thanks for the virtual event today and for answering our questions!
Susan Tumanon 2 years ago
Great idea on putting the spotlight on farm stays in Japan. They say it's the next travel experience.
Elena Lisina 2 years ago
I like communicating with people in Japan, but my Japanese is very poor.
Elena Lisina 2 years ago
Maybe I can try, some day!
Kim 2 years ago
Great to see a spotlight on rural destinations with many of these virtual tours!
Sébastien Duval 2 years ago
I want to see more seasonal local ingredients that never reach my supermarket in Tokyo…

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