Immersion into the Purposeful Living of Unnan Locals

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Find Your Ikigai

Unveil Ikigai in Unnan! Engage in a 2-day journey blending Japanese traditions, crafts, and culinary delights. Meet artisans, savor local cuisine, and explore the rich heritage of Shimane, gaining insights into the perspectives on tradition, work and way of life. Led by an English-speaking guide, this immersive tour fosters meaningful connections and self-reflection.

Storyteller Tailored by
Yuki Kimura
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Number of Participants *
Adult (13-99)
Child (3-12)
Infant (0-2)


  • Delve into the Heart of Tradition: Immerse Yourself in Authentic Japanese Culture.
  • Craftsmanship Encounter: Visit Workshops of Skilled Artisans Preserving Tradition.
  • Culinary Connection: Create Your Own Japanese Dinner Alongside Local Residents.
  • Inspiring Pursuits: Meet Individuals who Channel Passion into Meaningful Work and Fulfillment.


Ikigai is a Japanese concept which means “reason of being.” It mainly consists of the following four attributes: What you love. What you are good at. What the world needs, and what you can pay off for. With the concept of Ikigai, you can work and live vibrantly.
On this tour, you will meet people in various ways of Ikigai in the Unnan area, in the southeastern part of Shimane prefecture. Step away from the rush and chaos of every day and reconnect with the warmth of the people living in nature. You will have an opportunity to explore the secret of how people in this area find purpose in their lives and live with fulfillment, leading you to reflect on your way of living and working.


Day1 9:00 a.m. Meet at JR JR Izumo-shi Station or Izumo Airport.
10:30 a.m. Discovering Kumiko Craftsmanship at Funaki Wood Works.
(Make your own Kumiko Coaster)
12:45 p.m. Savor Japanese Delicacies at Yamaneko-an.
3:45 p.m. Journey to Okuizumo’s Iron craft Legacy.
4:00 p.m. Making Dorayaki, a Japanese confectionary, Experience at Matsuba-ya.
5:10 p.m. Unwind at Charming Guesthouse and Experience Local Cuisine.
Free time.
Day2 8:45 a.m. Meet in front of Guesthouse.
10:00 a.m. Tomotsuka Tatami Factory: Unveiling Traditions.
(Make your own mini Tatami mat )
12:45 p.m. A Glimpse of Harmony in Mizawa.
3:00 p.m. Take a taxi to Izumo-shi JR station or Izumo Airport.
4:00 p.m. The tour ends at JR Izumo-shi Station or Izumo Airport.


  • Tour Type

    A small-group guided cultural tour with an expert bilingual guide

  • Tour Area

    Izumo city and Okuizumo and Unnan towns

  • Price per person (tax incl.)

    2 Adult 120,000(JPY)
    3 Adult 90,000 (JPY)
    4 Adult 80,000 (JPY)
    5 Adult 70,000 (JPY)

  • Availability

    From April to November

  • Meeting time and place

    9:30 on JR Izumo-shi station or 9:00 Izumo airport

  • End of Tour

    Around at 4:00p.m, The tour ends at Izumo-shi JR station or Izumo Airport. You can choose either

  • Eligible participants


  • Number of participants

    2-5 participants

  • Japanese Level


  • Accommodation

    During your stay, you’ll be accommodated in a charming two-story inn beautifully transformed from a traditional Japanese house. Located in the historically significant lanes of Okuizumo, this guesthouse occupies an entirely renovated building that once served as the main branch of a time-honored Japanese confectionery, boasting a legacy of more than 80 years. The guesthouse is well-appointed with modern conveniences like Wi-Fi, a monitor TV, and other amenities. Immerse yourself in the allure of dwelling in a townhouse while relishing your time here!


  • Accompaniment by an English-speaking interpreter throughout the tour
  • Meals: Dinner on Day 1 and Lunches on Day 1 and Day 2
  • Accommodation costs for the duration of the tour
  • Costs for a traditional Japanese woodworking experience
  • Costs for a traditional Japanese mat-making workshop


  • Personal expense
  • Cost of drinks during meals
  • Alcoholic beverages

Tour Guide

city in Shimane Prefecture.I enjoy travelling and have visited nine countries so far. Through experiencing the warmth and passion of local people abroad, I have learned to turn my attention to my own hometown. From 2021, I began working as a local guide, leveraging my past overseas experiences to help guests discover the unique surprises and joys specific to Unnan area.

Physical Requirements

This tour is designed to provide an immersive experience, and while it doesn’t involve strenuous physical activities or energy-consuming tasks, please note that the schedule may be demanding. There are no specific age limits or fitness requirements, but participants should be prepared for a schedule that might involve extended periods of walking and active engagement with the activities.

Travel planning and implementation
Registered Travel Agency with the Governor of Shimane Prefecture: Region -106
Shimane Governor-registered travel service arrangement business: No. 5 – Other

Cancellation Policy for “Though Inaka” [Find Your Ikigai]

Cancellation of the custom-ordered “Though Inaka” [Find Your Ikigai] is subject to the following charges:

Cancellation Charges:
31 or more days prior to the first day of the tour: 10% of the total tour cost
30-8 days prior to the first day of the tour: 20% of the total tour cost
7-4 days prior to the first day of the tour: 50% of the total tour cost
3-0 days prior to the first day of the tour or non-appearance: 100% of the total tour cost

Payment Refund Process:
In the event of cancellation, after the customer completes the payment of the tour cost, the refunded amount will be calculated by deducting cancellation charges, bank handling charges, and any other costs incurred by travel service providers (railway company, accommodation, etc.) from the amount already paid.
The refunded amount will be remitted to the bank account specified by the customer.

Cancellation Date:
The date of cancellation refers to the date and time when the notice is received by “Though Inaka” based on Japan time. This contrasts with the local date and time when the customer sends the cancellation notice.

Refund Processing Time:
Please allow up to 14 days for the refund to be credited to the customer’s account.

Tour Alterations:
“Though Inaka” reserves the right to alter the itinerary or tour components if necessary for reasons beyond our control. Any changes will be communicated to participants in a timely manner.

Participant Substitution:
If you are unable to attend the tour, you may substitute another person. Please notify us in advance with the substitute participant’s details.

Contact for Cancellations:
All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing to [] via email.
Please include your name, booking reference number, and the reason for cancellation in your email.

By participating in the “Though Inaka” [Tour Name], you acknowledge and agree to the terms of this cancellation policy. We appreciate your understanding, and if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.


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