Izu’s network of historical ancient trails, dating back to more than 1200 years ago, had fallen into disuse due over the past several decades following the introduction of motorized vehicles and the growing dependence on fossil fuels.We set about restoring these trails by ourselves with permission from all the districts and managers involved.
Yamabushi founder Junichiro Matsumoto found out about the existence of these ancient trails after hearing from local elders about "trails built in the mountains for burning charcoal (charcoal-making)."Leaving behind a love of travel and roads which had taken him overseas since the age of 17, he created the "Nishiizu Ancient Trail Restoration Project"in 2012 to restore Nishiizu's charcoal roads.
In 2013 he founded YAMABUSHI TRAIL TOUR and started offering trail tours by mountain bike.While tourism in the Nishiizu area had centred until then around marine activities, this new mountain tourism project has quickly gained traction and has been featured on national media.
Besides providing tours, we also are involved in felling and removing hardwood trees (which have been left unattended after charcoal-making went out of fashion)and selling them as fuel for wood stoves and for smoking izu Tagobushi (Katsu-Bushi,dried bonito), a local delicacy.
Thus doing, we have come up with an original solution to the devastation of the satoyama woodland while at the same time developing Japan’s most unique mountain bike tours.
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Coyote No.64 2018年3月
“TRAIL TRIP IN CAUCASUS”
2018 KONA カタログ掲載
Mountain Flyer Magazine “REACHING ZEN ON JAPAN`S ANCIENT TRAILS”
NHK WORLD "CYCLE AROUND JAPAN" 2014年6月
静岡銀行主催 しずぎん起業家大賞 ニュービジネスプラン部門 最優秀賞2014年3月
Que - Bico is a new brand created to showcase the "essence of Matsuzaki Town."
Kuebiko, traditionally represented as a scarecrow, is the local Shinto deity of knowledge and agriculture.
Being based in Matsuzaki Town, we have a very good understanding of the local flavors and we created the Que - Bico brand out of the desire of sharing them with as many people as possible.
We created a new product using thinned timber felled as part of the forest maintenance operations we carry out in combination with trail restoration.
Local Nishi Izu wood was used to make a “Swedish torch,” a traditional item used since ancient times by woodcutters in northern Europe as a campfire to keep warm in the mountains.
Once ignited, it will continue to burn slowly for about 2 hours and can also be used to cook simple meals. It comes in very handy when camping and BBQing and we highly recommend it as different way to enjoy your campfire.
Introducing the BASKE-T 60s made by TINY HOUSE JAPAN.
A space full of human warmth, with a distinctively beautiful shape whose curving lines are reminiscent of a ship’s and where each part is individually made by hand.
The interior, featuring a small fireplace, offers a comfortable living space. Complete with a kitchen, we use it as a mobile store in and around Matsuzaki Town as well as outside the prefecture.
It is also available for exhibitions featuring Tiny Houses, for catering services and as mobile kitchen, as well as for shooting TV programs, commercials and more.