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Slow Food - One and only 'Shio-Katsuo'

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 3 reviews.Nishiizu-Town, Japan

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Experience hosted by Slow Food Mt.Fuji

90 mins
Includes food
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English, Italian, Japanese

What you'll do

You visit the studio that is making Shio-katsuo(bonito preserved in salt) and Katsuobushi(fermented dried bonito).
The scent of Bonito is spreading in the factory.

Tago area in Nishi-Izu town has more than 1300 years of history of processing bonito fish (katsuo). Katsuobushi (dried, smoked, fermented fillet of bonito fish) is the essential ingredient of Japanese cuisine used to make broth and it is the source of Umami flavor. It is said that Shio-katsuo is the origin of what Katsuobushi is now. In this area, there has been the traditional ritual of offering straw-decorated Shio-katsuo to home shrines in the New Year season.

You learn the history of Shio-katsuo(Bonito Preserved in Salt) and katsuobushi(Fermented Dried Bonito) that manufacture by the same process in the Tago area from the old days and how the Japanese"dashi" food culture has been protected.
And you visit inside the studio, you can watch the manufacture of all of the processes.
The family-owned studio is not wide.

And you experience shaving the Fermented Dried Bonito with tools that have been used since ancient times and taste the 3 kinds of bonito soup stock.

And we will give you so souvenir of the Dried Bonito!

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We will prepare a hand wash solution.
Please use it when you enter. 
And please be sure to wear your mask during the experience. (Except when soup stock tasting)
You visit the studio that is making Shio-katsuo(bonito preserved in salt) and Katsuobushi(fermented dried bonito).
The scent of Bonito is spreading in the factory.

Tago area in Nishi-Izu town has more than 1300 years of history of processing bonito fish (katsuo). Katsuobushi (dried, smoked, fermented fillet of bonito fish) is the essential ingredient of Japanese cuisine used to make broth and it is the source of Umami flavor. I…

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What's included

  • Food
    ・Factory tour
    ・Lecture about the history of Tago bushi (traditional me...
From ₹4,354
/ person
Thu, 5 Nov
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
₹4,354 per person
₹4,354 per person
Wed, 11 Nov
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
₹4,354 per person
₹4,354 per person
Thu, 12 Nov
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
₹4,354 per person
₹4,354 per person

Meet your host, Slow Food Mt.Fuji

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 3 Reviews
  • Identity verified
【HOST: YASU 】
I am the 5th generation of Kanesa Katsuobusi Co. and the representative of Slow Food Mt.Fuji.
I am the only remaining producer of “Shio-katsuo”, which is registered on Slow Food Ark of Taste. Shio-katsuo (Bonito preserved in salt) is salted bonito fish preserve that is the original form of Katsuobushi, which is essential ingredient of Japanese cuisine. Also, I am the only one who has the skill of the straw decoration of the fish for new year festivities.
I have been actively working to promote this local food culture by educating children, developing new recipes utilizing Shio-katsuo, joining food events nationally and internationally.

【HOST: Yuka/executive director】
I'm in charge of applying for and contacting experiences.
Slow food Mt.Fuji introduces the rich food culture of the area receiving the blessings of nature.
【HOST: YASU 】
I am the 5th generation of Kanesa Katsuobusi Co. and the representative of Slow Food Mt.Fuji.
I am the only remaining producer of “Shio-katsuo”, which is registered on Slow Food Ark of Taste. Shio-katsuo (Bonito preserved in salt) is salted bonito fish preserve that is the original form of Katsuobushi, which is essential ingredient of Japanese cuisine. Also, I am the only one who has the skill of the straw decoration of the fish for new year festivities.
I have been…
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About the organisation: Slow Food



Slow Food is a global network of local communities founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions and counteract the rise of fast food culture. Since its founding, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure that everyone has access to good, clean and fair food.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Slow Food.

Where you'll be

Tago area in Nishi-Izu town has more than 1300 years of history of processing bonito fish. Katsuobushi is the essential ingredient of Japanese cuisine used to make broth and it is the source of Umami flavour. It is said that Shio-katsuo is the origin of what katsuobushi is now.
You will learn about the Shio-katsuo and katsuobushi manufacturing processes that have been communicated in this area, and you can tour the factory.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 3 reviews.

Yuka
December 2019
[イタリア語通訳兼で参加:AYAさんより感想いただきました] 鰹節がどれだけの時間と手間をかけて造られているのか、大変わかりやすく解説していただきました。 作り手の方から直接鰹節の歴史、製造行程を教えていただくことで、この食材に対する深いこだわりと情熱を間近に感じることができ、日本食にとって欠かす事のできない鰹節に対してさらに興味が湧きました。削りたての鰹節の断面が美しく輝いていたのが感動的でした。
Naoko
December 2019
日本人にとっては身近な存在である鰹節ですが、それぞれの土地で独自の発展をとげ、現在につがっていることがわかりました。
Marina
December 2019
I recently visited the Izu Peninsula. The highlight of my stay there was taking a tour at Kanesa カネサ鰹節商店! Yasuhisa Serizawa warmly welcomed me into his family factory. It’s like stepping back in the past, when time was running at a different gear. Everything looked so natural and in perfect balance with the four seasons, the traditions and the hearth. You can really tell that behind all this there is so much care and love for keeping alive a food culture that is at the base of the Japanese diet, considered today World Heritage. Serizawa san aim is to pass on to the next generations all about the Katsuobushi and Shiobushi: making and habits. He loves to work with kids school so his explanations are so easy to understand and remember. The final product is incredibly rich and I will never thank enough my dear friend Yuka Tanaka, the director of Slow Food Mt. Fuji, for making me to discover this hidden gem. It was such a fullfilling experience: I also visited the local restaurants where Katsuobushi and Shiobushi from Kanesa are used. So yummy! From now on I will only use Kanesa Katsuobushi to make my dashi. Thank you very much for this amazing experience.
I recently visited the Izu Peninsula. The highlight of my stay there was taking a tour at Kanesa カネサ鰹節商店! Yasuhisa Serizawa warmly welcomed me into his family factory. It’s like st…

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  • Thu, 5 Nov
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    ₹4,354 per person
  • Wed, 11 Nov
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    ₹4,354 per person
  • Thu, 12 Nov
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    ₹4,354 per person
  • Wed, 25 Nov
    11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    ₹4,354 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

・If you wish to transfer by our car from Shuzenji Station to the "Kanesa Dried Bonito Store"(place of workshop), please inform us at the time of booking.
・We can't cope with allergies