Award Recipient: Minami Shinshu Tourism Bureau
Area: Iida, Nagano
Farmstays is a program where guests can experience staying at a farming family’s home and experience agricultural activities. Iida City in Nagano and the Minami Shinshu Tourism Bureau are promoting “green tourism.” By experiencing agriculture, visitors can learn about the nature and culture of that region. With farmhouse residential lodging, which is one aspect of that plan, visitors can actually visit the homes of farmers working in their hometowns. It’s not only limited to working in the fields, but visitors can actually talk together with farmers and learn about the importance of agriculture, as well as the area of Iida.