Sasama is a village hidden among the green mountains of Shizuoka prefecture.
Not an easy place to reach, you will have to change trains a couple of times before arriving. You can enjoy the peaceful atmosphere created by the forests, and the river, and from here you can see high tea fields scattered between houses and the mountain side.
In this paradise on earth about 400 people are living. The age average is quite high and the decreasing population issue is real.
Daily life in the village is lively. If you take a walk, you will probably see some locals sitting in front of their houses chatting and laughing together. It is highly possible that they will start talking with you even if you don’t speak Japanese.
The life in Sasama is not rich materially but the richness is somewhere else. The local warmth is what makes this place so great.
We hope you will appreciate it.