Spring, Early Summer, Fall
Forage for delicious mountain vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms in the pristine nature of Mt. Gassan. These tours are led by veteran mountain guides who will help you identify and forage in a safe and environmentally friendly manner during a hike from the Kita-Gassanso Lodge.
After gathering these vegetables, you will then return to the lodge for a lesson on how to prepare and cook them. Lastly you will of course be able to enjoy your harvest with your fellow members with a delicious set meal!
See below for more information about the various harvesting tours available.
Event Date(s) Spring, Summer, and Fall
Activity Length Approximately 4 hours
Address Kitta Gassan Lodge
Price 7,000 yen
(Starting at Kita-Gassanso Lodge)
The event will begin with a lecture by your mountain guide describing the schedule for the hike and the rules to follow. They will also show examples of the types of vegetation you will be looking out for.
Then you will begin a light hike along one of the many trails from the lodge and into the beautiful forests of Mt. Gassan.
Along the way your guide will stop to show you how to identify the edible plants of the forest and you can begin to gather your haul for the delicious meal ahead!
This is a casual 1.5 hour hike on maintained trails and will turn around at the beautiful lake at the Cabin Campground.
Preparation and Cooking
After returning from your hike, locals who work at the Kita-Gassanso Lodge will help you prepare your harvest and teach you how to cook it.
The mountain vegetation can be eaten raw, boiled, or even lightly fried in tempura!
Enjoying Your Harvest
(Kita-Gassanso Lodge 2F)
And now for the best part!
After preparing and cooking the vegetables you can now enjoy them for lunch in a dining room on the second floor.
The flavors of these vegetables are unlike any commercial vegetables available. Bitter, sweet, succulent, impeccably crisp, and all fresh!
The flavors of these mountain vegetables are one of the must-have dining experiences here in the Japanese countryside.
Note that the dates for this event vary by year due to the weather. This experience is usually available starting in June and can be done until mid July. Please contact us with your name and approximate date that you would be interested in and we will let you know if we can arrange an activity for you!