A typhoon was approaching Niigata the day before we were meant to leave on the hydrofoil to Sado. Fujiko-san happened to be in Niigata and we meet and were comforted by her assessment. Took the ferry the next morning under calm conditions and spent a really nice day with Fujiko. Saw the Toki’s, ate great Soba and apples, picked persimmons and figs off a tree. Visited a famous sale brewery that makes sake for Nobu! Stayed at a recommended Minshuku for the night as the wind was picking up. A nice day overall! The next day, we visited old fishing village, a traditional bamboo craft artisan and a really amazing temple with giant thousand year old cedar trees. Had coffee and sandwiches at a really beautiful cafe overlooking by now a raging sea. Overnight at a really nice Minshuku with baths. And a taiko drum performance by the owners grandchildren. Thankfully, the raging sea calmed down the next day to allow us to take the hydrofoil back to Niigata. A really great experience of rural Japan. Now that Fujiko knows my interest in food, ingredients, foraging, etc. May one day make another trip to focus around these. PS nearly forgot we chanced on a loca auction of antiques at Fujiko’s friends home. Got help to bid from a Canadian who’s lived there for decades. We secured 5 lacquer plates that were 100plus years old for Yen900!!
Dear Danny san Thank you very much for writing such a detailed tour review! Yes, we were lucky enough that we didn't have to change tour itineraries because of the typhoon. It's a lot of fun for me to bring my guests completely rural and off-the-beaten-track places and make them smile. There are uncountable places in Japan where you can find unique recipes or ingredients so please enjoy your culinary adventure! Fujiko