Winter loosens its grip in February and the earth is slowly waking. We’ll forage fukinoto, butterbur buds, and explore this micro-season of winter crossing over to spring. February’s outing is a most special one. We’ll travel to the Ariake Sea to see how Japan’s finest nori is grown.

Spring is gaining momentum with so many fresh, wild flavors. We will forage from the hills and streams. Our special outing is exquisite. We’ll travel to Ureshino, the birthplace of Japan's tea culture, for an experience amidst tea fields as far as the eye can see.

First Spring

Vernal Equinox

FEBRUARY 13-17, 2023

MARCH 13-17, 2023

Abundance defines this season of prime foraging as spring leaps towards summer. We'll collect bamboo shoots, wild bracken ferns, fuki, the stems of giant butterbur, tender new tea leaves, and peppery shansho. We'll enjoy feasts of a myriad flavors in dazzling combinations.  

Spring  Bounty

APRIL 10-14, 2023

Tai sea bream is most delicious in the season of sakura. And the fresh baby leaves of kinome are unfurling from the branches of our sansho trees. We’ll enjoy a flower viewing picnic with sweeping views of an island studded bay before strolling the grounds of an ancient fortress.

Sakura Seasion

MARCH 27-31, 2023

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Seasonal. Bespoke. Intimate.

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Waitlist Only

Waitlist Only

Rice speaks to the Japanese soul as both a sacred crop and the ultimate comfort food. We'll revel in this simple, perfect grain as we explore the flavors of the harvest season including the rich and fatty taste of blue-backed fish paired with green citrus like kabosu and sudachi.

In concert with the festival of colors, sea bream comes into season alongside persimmons and mushrooms. And the winter brewing season begins. We’ll travel to Itoshima and learn all about the art, science, and craft of brewing soy, one of Japan's staple seasonings.

Rice harvest

Autumn Bounty

OCTOBER 23-27, 2023

NOVEMBER 20-24, 2023

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How It Works

Salon sessions are $3150 per person for shared occupancy and $3550 per person for a private room. A deposit of $1800 reserves your place.

Pricing

Includes 4 nights lodging plus all food, drink, and transportation during the salon session. Does not include transportation to and from Karatsu.

What's included

Plans are hard to make these days. All deposits are non-refundable but give me two months notice and I'll happily apply your deposit to a future session.

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Prairie THOUGHTFULLY introduces Japanese culture in a way that CAN'T BE EXPERIENCED on your own.

- MELISSA & TOM

Prairie's PASSION about this UNIQUE CULTURE is beautifully transmitted in rich detail. We are full of INSPIRATION.

- LARI & JOHN

Inquire about your travels

I’m currently accepting a limited number of private bookings for 2023. I can accommodate groups of 4-6 for sessions outside of the above schedule. Please inquire with details about your group and travel dates.