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All about Uji green tea tour: from farm to table

by Chisato
(10) Reviews
8h $ 270

Highlights

  • Hiking and visit to a tea house with wonderful landscape of tea fields on the top of the hill
  • Visit tea traders in Uji city
  • Visit local tea market in Wazuka
  • Lunch at a farm cafe or at a farmer's house (optional)

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When?
People
270.00 USD

People People
1 ~ 15 people 270.00 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Tea farm experience including lunch at a farm cafe or a farmer's house....
$ 48.60
Cycling rental.
$ 10.80
Hotel pick up from Kyoto or from Nara .
$ 18.00

Overview

Wazuka is a tea town, where most of Uji-green tea is produced. We will visit a tea trader in Uji city first, and travel to Wazuka to meet an organic farmer and experience tea picking (in spring and summer). Then, we will have lunch at a farm cafe or farmer's house, and also visit a local tea market and a tea house.

What to Expect

Tea trees are everywhere around houses in Wazuka, as if their houses are floating in the middle of the tea plantation, designated as ”the most beautiful villages in Japan".
We will take around 30 minutes walk around tea plantation, and learn how to process tea from an organic tea farmer (please select the option, if you would like to visit a private tea farm, including lunch at a farm cafe).

It is also possible to drive a car to the farm and matcha processing factory, if you rent a car by yourself. It could be easier to visit different destinations effectively (it is not allowed to drive my own car, under the Japanese law).

What you can learn from this experience
- Basic knowledge of tea ceremony
- Real livelihood of local people in the tea community
- Tasting various types of tea (bancha, houjicha, ryokucha, matcha, sencha..)
- Tea cultivation and processing

[Blog]
Please also see my blog for your information:
https://triplelights.com/blog/all-about-uji-green-teafr-2829
https://triplelights.com/blog/offbeaten-kyoto-4-cultura-1761

[Itinerary]
9:00 Meet at JR Uji station
9:00-10:50 Visit Uji Tea Traders in Uji town, walking through Tonoshima island in Uji river
10:50-12:10 Travel from Uji town to Wazuka
12:10-12:30 Waking to a local tea farm
12:30-14:00 Lunch (at a farmhouse or at a farmer's cafe)
14:00-15:00 Visit tea farm
15:00-15:40 Walking around Wazuka town and visit a local tea market, tea tasting
15:40-17:00 Travel back from Wazuka to Uji

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Highlights

  • Hiking and visit to a tea house with wonderful landscape of tea fields on the top of the hill
  • Visit tea traders in Uji city
  • Visit local tea market in Wazuka
  • Lunch at a farm cafe or at a farmer's house (optional)

Important

IMPORTANT:
Please inquire at least 1 month before the tour departure date, when it is totally customized tour.
Please note that spring (March-April) and autumn (Septenmer-October) are peak travelling season in Japan, and it may not possible to offer special interest tours.
I recommend to reserve accommodations at least 2 months before your travel (half year before during peak travelling season).

JR pass is available from Uji station to JR Kamo station.

Lunch at a farmhouse or at a cafe would depend on the availability of farmers
(Lunch at a tea farmhouse should be more than 2 persons)

What‘s included
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Uji city
What‘s not included
transportation fee), lunch, tea farm experience
Train from JR Uji station to JR Kamo station : 320 JPY /person / one way (JR pass is available),
Bus from JR Kamo station to Wazuka town : 500 JPY /person / one way (JR pass is NOT available, payable locally)
Lunch at a tea farmhouse 3500JPY, at a farmer's cafe 1200JPY
Farm visit 1000JPY - 3500JPY (depending on farmers), tea picking 2000JPY

Meeting Point
At your Hotel in Uji city or JR Uji station
Ending Point
At your Hotel in Uji city or JR Uji station
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 15 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is transportation cost?

Train from JR Uji station to JR Kamo station : 320 JPY /person / one way (JR pass is available),
Bus from JR Kamo station to Wazuka town : 500 JPY /person / one way (JR pass is NOT available, payable locally)

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 10 )
Luis Luis United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great tour in Nara ”

I had a wonderful time in Nara with Chisato as my guide. Chisato helped me schedule a one day tour of Nara with all of the sites that I wanted to see including a tea ceremony experience. She was very attentive as she guided me through Nara and explained the history and details of each site. Chisato communicates very well in English and she is very intelligent. She was flexible during the tour as she allowed me to shop for souvenirs and also took me to tea shops and sake stores that she thought I would find interesting. The Nara deer were fun to feed and Chisato even took pictures of me as I fed them. As I told Chisato that my next stop was Tokyo, she recommended me several tea shops in Tokyo and emailed me a list. I went to one of those tea shops in Tokyo and had a great experience drinking tea and learning about the different kinds of tea. In summary, Chisato gave me an excellent tour of Nara and was very helpful to my learning about tea. I highly recommend her as a tour guide in Nara and I hope to return to Nara in the future. Arigato godzaimasu Chisato!

Chisato:

Thank you for your review, It was my pleasure to talk about tea with you in Nara. Deers are indeed good reason to visit Nara, but I hope more people get interested in other cultural aspects other than major tourist attractions. Please let me know if you have a chance to visit Japan again in future. Thank you again for joining the tour to Nara.

Amy Amy Japan ( Friends )
Very Good
3 months ago

“ Tea Farm Guide ”

I had a great time with Chisato. She met us at the station, showed us around Uji, and took us all the way to the tea farm. She was a nice guide and we had a great time.

Chisato:

Thank you for your comments. It is my pleasure to welcome you to tea tour in Uji and Wazuka. I hope you enjoy staying at the tea farm, and hope to see you again. Thank you.

Geoff Geoff United States ( Solo )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Wonderful day in Nara and hiking the Yamanobe no Michi "Ancient Trail" ”

During my day with Chisato we spent the morning visiting the Todaji-ji Shrine, Nara Park and other key sites. From there we boarded the JR train and headed to the trailhead of the Yamanobe no Michi ancient trail. We sauntered along the trail visiting the Mika Shrine, the Hirara Shrine, Genpien Temple, Stone Pagoda and garden, a waterfall, fruit farms, a medicinal plant garden, and stopping to chat with local gardeners and other denizens along the way. It was a fabulous day accented by beautiful cherry blossoms all along the way. The hike is a unique way to visit another slice of Japanese daily life away from what one gardener described " the noise of Kyoto." Chisato planned a great day for me and made sure all my needs were cared for. We sauntered/hiked along for close to 8 miles. I was most impressed with her knowledge of topics ranging from native and edible plants to the cultural and historical significance of the sites we visited. My day with Chisato was one of the best days of my recent three weeks in Japan

Chisato:

Dear Geoff, Thank you for your comments! That was a lovely day with cherry blossoms at their best. It is my pleasure to spend time with you to Nara city and Yamanobe-no-michi ancient trail. I hope more people will know about this off-the-beaten trail in Nara.

Eric Eric United States ( Couple )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Unique and educational tour away from the crowds. ”

It was so nice to get away from the crowded sites in Kyoto and Nara and out into the country and see things that few tourist get to see. Wild plant foraging, kudzu starch, and koji fungus production were real highlights of our trip. If you have a specific interest in wild plants or herbal medicine you'll get a lot out of this tour. Chisato picked us up right in our hotel lobby, and was very accommodating for the tour; letting us set our own pace. We didn't get to do everything she had planned, but I was happy to slow down and have a more relaxing tour. Her English was excellent, and she was well prepared. If you're an adventurous eater, and want to try something truly unique, you absolutely must do the lunch at Daigan-ji temple. It's an experience you'll never forget.

Chisato:

Dear Eric, Thank you for your kind comments. I am happy to welcome you to see around a medicinal plants garden and Daiganji temple. I hope to see you someday!

Quentin Quentin Australia ( Solo )
Excellent
6 months ago

“ Nara soy sauce expedition ”

I had a really great day being driven around the Nara prefecture by Chisato. She has a passion for traditional Japanese food production, and was the perfect guide with whom to visit four traditional soy sauce manufacturers and a miso maker, all on one snow-filled day. We started early and finished late, and Chisato's enthusiasm and professionalism never wavered even when we realised the rental car did not have snow tires. A highlight was finding a cafe for lunch that offered a set menu that used some of the soy sauces we'd tasted only a few minutes earlier at the factory. Chisato also followed up the next day with contact details for people who might be able to help me pursue my interest further. It was great fun, and I highly recommend Chisato as guide, especially to those with an interest in traditional Japanese food production.

Chisato:

Dear Quentin, Thank you for your kind comments. I was really impressed by your deep questions on soy sauce production. It was indeed first request to visit 4 say sauce makers at one day. I hope your enjoy making shoyu in Australia in future!

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