learn everything you need to know about shiitake mushroom cultivation

Kamikozue Village Mushroom Workshop

yakage town, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photographer | Takuma Kimura

Kamikozue has initiated a program of cultural exchange that is based out of its newly built center located right in the heart of the village. This comfortable facility is situated in an idyllic valley surrounded by fields, forest and family homes. It includes and eatery with ample indoor and outdoor seating and during the summer months, ice cream is on the menu.

This workshop teaches the basics of shiitake mushroom cultivation. You will learn everything you need to know about how to grow these delicious mushrooms, from the tools and equipment you will need, to how to seed and maintain your logs until harvest. You will get hands-on experience and a chance to choose some logs of your own to take home for cultivation or have some of the experienced local growers look after them for you.

Don’t forget to wear comfortable clothes and bring a pair of work gloves along too.


About the Area

Yakage is is often referred to as a “post town”, meaning it was one of the designated stops on the road to Edo (the former name of today’s Tokyo). During the feudal era, regional lords from around Japan were required to make the trip to pay homage to the country’s central ruler.

Lords from West Japan would have traveled along a set route with the halfway point to Edo being Osaka. In Yakage, the Daimyo or lord, attended by his retinue, would have acquired food and lodging for a reserved period of time.


Access: Take the the Hakubi Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Kiyone Station. Walk to the end of the platform and transfer to the Ibara Railway Ibara Line. Take the Ibara Line to Ibara Railway Yakage Station. The Kamikouze Mushroom Workshop is about a 11 minute taxi-ride from Ibara Railway Yakage Station.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
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