Private Tour & Vinegar Experience in Uchiko, Ehime (Shikoku)

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Experience Details
Experience Location
4 hours
Number of Guests
4 - 20 guests
Halal, Vegan, Vegetarian
Explore a quaint town in Shikoku and learn hands-on about the fascinating intricacies of the local vinegar-brewing process in this interactive food and walking tour of Uchiko in Ehime Prefecture.


Explore the quaint town of Uchiko in Ehime Prefecture, and discover its local gourmet, history and culture.
Enjoy a vinegar tasting, noticing the subtle flavor differences between different kinds of vinegars, and learn about the town’s natural brewing methods.
Take part in two hands-on cooking workshops and make local vinegared foods.
Enjoy a walking tour of the town, and visit the traditional Uchikoza theater and the Moribun Brewing Museum. Enjoy shopping for local goods at a regional goods and produce market.
Explore Uchiko, a nostalgic town with a fascinating history in Shikoku that can be reached in only 30 minutes from Matsuyama JR Station.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

It's rare to find a Japanese meal without tsukemono (pickled foods): their uses are plentiful, ranging from decorative garnish to taste enhancer to palate cleanser. Indeed, pickling was initially just a way to preserve foods but its creative possibilities gave way to countless pickling methods and a wide variety of pickled foods being enjoyed today. In this town tour and gastronomic experience, you’ll dive deep into the history of Ehime's Uchiko town, and get a taste of the vinegar legacy that lies at its core. Vinegar is used widely to prepare tsukemono, and its subtleties and features are fascinating. You'll enjoy a vinegar tasting, prepare vinegared foods, visit a theater and a local brewing museum, shop for regional goods at a local market, and finish the day with a leisurely walking tour. Uchiko remains relatively undiscovered by tourist crowds and still preserves a quaint, nostalgic atmosphere today. Experience flow: -Meet your host at JR Uchiko Station. -Participate in a sensory vinegar-tasting workshop, tasting and smelling different vinegar varieties and noticing the subtleties of naturally-crafted vinegar. -Prepare 5 vinegared Japanese foods, learning to season different ingredients to achieve the ultimate taste, in a 1-hour class. The main dish will be tofu dumplings with black vinegar sauce. -Visit the traditional Uchikoza Kabuki Theater, built over 100 years ago. Thanks to the efforts of local residents, this historical building was renovated a few decades back and has been restored to its former glory. -Tour the Moribun Brewing Museum, which preserves historical artifacts used to make vinegar, and take part in their vinegared egg-making workshop as you deepen your knowledge of fermentation. -Explore the Uchiko roadside station, where you can find regional goods and fresh produce. -Enjoy a walking tour of the town, which maintains its traditional and nostalgic townscape.


English-speaking guide
Tasting & cooking workshops
Admission fee to the Uchikoza theater
Vinegared egg-making workshop at the Moribun Brewing Museum (and a vinegared egg to take home)


Transportation to and from the meeting point
Additional food and drinks

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

Meet your guide at Uchiko Station. Reaching the station takes about 30 minutes from Matsuyama JR Station on a limited express train. More detailed information and a Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.


If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please leave a note upon booking.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

The closest Japan has to a Mediterranean paradise — Ehime is home to delicious seafood, sun-soaked citrus orchards, and some the oldest and holiest cultural sites in the country.
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Earliest available date: July 28, 2024
¥ 39,800
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals