1. Enjoy a farm lunch next to rice fields and grazing goats
Brown's Field Farm is run by US-born photojournalist Everett Kennedy Brown and his wife Deco Nakajima. At their Rice Terrace Café they serve up wholesome Japanese food prepared following the theory of macrobiotics. Choose from an all-vegan menu with a focus on fermentation including homemade miso, soy sauce, umeboshi (dried salt plums), amazake (fermented rice) and pickled vegetables. The farm's own unpolished organic rice is worth the visit alone. If you want to stay overnight, they offer cottage accommodation from ¥7,000 per person per night.
Contact: 1501-1 Kuwada, Misakicho, Isumi-shi, Chiba. 0470 87 4501. brownsfield-jp.com/cafe. Fri, Sat, Sun & hols 11am-5pm (last orders 4.30pm). From Tokyo Station, take the Sobu rapid train to Chiba Station, then change to the Sotobo line to Chojamachi Station.