When learning cuisine, the environment is very important. Using fresh ingredients, vegetables that grew taking sunlight, seafood from the port every morning, fresh water filtered through the mountains... Atami offers an ideal place to learn Japanese cuisine as it was born and cultivated, in a close connection with the nature...
JCI is located in Atami, in Shizuoka prefecture in Japan. When learning cuisine, the environment is very important. Using fresh ingredients, vegetables that grew taking sunlight, seafood from the port every morning, fresh water filtered through the mountains... Atami offers an ideal place to learn Japanese cuisine as it was born and cultivated, in a close connection with the nature.
Atami is also known for hotspring traditionally, and keeps its relaxed environment and authentic Japanese culture that cannot be found in large cities. In just an hour in Shinkansen from Tokyo, it offers a whole different experience from learning cooking in metropolitan cities.
Shizuoka prefecture is blessed with diverse climate including Mt. Fuji which is the highest in Japan and Suruga Bay which is deepest in Japan, and a variety of high quality agricultural, forestry and fishery products are being produced.
Clear water that springs from the Mt. Fuji watercourse, Soils that are rich in minerals, excellent in drainage, water retention, breathability and fertilization, sunshine and drainage, and climate at 50 meters above sea level are also optimal for agriculture. It is no wonder that it boasts the top nationwide in the number of agricultural, forestry and fishery products produced, and the number of awards by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Shizuoka is a treasure trove of ingredients rich in both quantity and quality--so to speak, "the kingdom of ingredients". In addition, it boasts more than 40% production of Japanese tea as the tea production area.
Located in the eastern part of Shizuoka prefecture, Atami has very good access from Tokyo, just 1 hour from Tokyo if you use Shinkansen. It enjoys fresh seafood landing at Atami Port and Mizuho Port each morning, and it has been prospering in tourism with high quality hot spring resort since ancient times. There are many restaurants that take pride in the taste that follow traditional recipes. In addition, culture of sweets is rooted with tea consumption in the travellers' inns, and there areseveral Japanese sweets shop that manufacture sweets following methods since its foundation 100 years ago. Atami's fireworks festival is also famous, not just in the summer but throughout the year as well.