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Overview

We will visit Wazuka, the largest Uji tea production area located near the border of Kyoto and Nara prefectures.
In this tour, we will enjoy the breathtaking scenery by walking/cycling this beautiful village registered as the first of the Scenic Property of Kyoto Prefecture.
You'll have an option of visiting Uji (home of Uji tea) or Nara (deer park & Giant Buddha) on the way back.

Highlights

  •   Tea plantation walking/cycling in Wazuka village
  •   Tea picking experience (seasonal)
  •   Tea sweets, food, crafts etc. shopping
  •   Option: Uji - Home of Uji tea and Byodoin temple (UNESCO world-heritage)
  •   Option: Nara (deer park and Todaiji, Giant Buddha)

Information

City Kyoto
Depart From Kyoto, Osaka, Nara
Meeting Point At your hotel or selected JR station
Ending Point At your hotel(subject to hotel dropoff fee) or selected JR station
Departure 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 7h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 1 ~ 7

Tea picking is available only on certain dates in May, June, September, and October.

Booking
7h
When?

People

180.00 USD

total price for up to 7 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

per group People
1 ~ 4 people 180.00 USD
5 ~ 7 people 270.00 USD

Extras (optional)

Extra hour. 27.00 USD

What to Expect

Tea picking is normally done by machine these days but still done by hand for special teas such as Gyokuro and for events such as contests and tourist activities.
I will work with the village to make a special arrangement for your experience.
You can also enjoy the unique and spectacular view of tea plantations while walking or cycling in the village and stop by some tea specialty shops to enjoy special tea sweets, soba noodles, etc.
Tea dumpling making, fresh herbs making, use of tea terrace summit cabin with a special tea set is also possible to arrange upon request.

You'll have an option of visiting Uji (home of Uji tea) or Nara (deer park & Giant Buddha) on the way back.
Great full-day excursion for those who get "Templed Out" in Kyoto!


What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in the central Osaka and Kyoto area

What‘s not included

- Transportation fee to the site from your hotel, lunch (you and guide) eg. Train & bus fare is about 3,000 yen/round-trip/person from Kyoto or Osaka
* You can choose to rent a car for your group (6,000-10,000 yen + highway toll & gas per day)
- 1,000 yen per person for tea picking experience fee
- 1,000 yen per person if you'd like to rent a bike
- Uji or Nara visit
- Hotel drop-off

Important

1. Please join the tour with comfortable clothes and shoes on.
2. Travel insurance is required if you would like to rent a bike or car.
3. Special arrangements:
- Tea picking experience is only available in May, June, September, and October.
- If you wish to stay over at an old house in the village. I can make an arrangement. The accommodation is for private use and cost varies depending on the number of people staying.
- Tea dumpling making, fresh herbs making, use of tea terrace summit cabin with a special tea set is also possible to arrange upon advanced request.
4. Uji or Nara visit is optional and subject to extra hour fee.

Extras (optional)

Extra hour. 27.00 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do we walk or cycle? Is it hard for children?

We walk about 1-1.5 hours including photo shooting and break time, and the course is paved and easy to walk but have some ups and downs. For cycling, the tour time is the same but we can go further to see more than tea terrace. There is no bike to hire for children.

Can we book this tour in other months than specified for tea-picking experience?

Yes, you can but the tea trees are dried in summer so look different from the posted pictures. Tour hours may be shorter or you can enjoy walking/cycling longer.

Frequently Asked Questions

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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.
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You’ll be able to see the guide’s e-mail address and phone number. You can contact your guide directly before the tour starts, and enjoy your tour on the day!
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No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Reviews

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Laurie
1 day ago , ( Solo ) , From: United States

“ A Unique Experience ”

I had a wonderful time with Seiko on my excursion to Wazuka and Uji. The tea fields in Wazuka were beautiful and I enjoyed shopping for green teas in Uji. Seiko was knowledgeable and we had great conversation throughout our time together. I'd highly recommend Seiko as your tour guide.

Seiko:
I had such a wonderful time with you too, Laurie! I'm really glad that you liked Wazuka as I think it's so special and also you came during the best season to visit. Thank you for choosing my tour which I created for someone like you who appreciate the delicacy of Uji tea. Hope to keep in touch and see you again in Japan! Thank you. Seiko

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ROMINA
1 week ago , ( Family ) , From: United States

“ Uji, fushimi inari ”

Seiko was really wonderful. She was knowledgeable and showed us parts of Kyoto we might not have ever thought of (like where the cormorant fishing area and the statue of Genji are). She was pleasant and accommodating and was truly great to see the city with. I really enjoyed the tea district and was able to buy green tea in an old tea house where dignitaries have stopped in to visit. I will definitely recommend her services to friends and family visiting Kyoto!

Seiko:
Romina, thanks so much for your kind comments. I also had a great time with you all. I could tell everyone was interested in our culture and the beauty of Kyoto, and then asked me many questions, which really motivates me to be able to explain things better! I am also glad to hear that you liked the areas I took during the tour:) Hope you had a great time for the rest of your time in Kyoto and Osaka, and enjoy reading The Tale of Genji someday! Thanks again!!!! Seiko

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Ira
2 weeks ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ Great one day tour of Osaka ”

Seiko could not have been more accommodating during the planning of the tour as well as during the tour itself. She has a wonderful attitude as well as an understanding of the locations we visited. I have no complaints whatsoever and would recommend her highly.

Seiko:
Thank you Ira and Chelsea for the great time and kind comments. I was really glad to see you enjoying the Nipponbashi etc. and interests in our history, culture and food. Also thank you for telling me what you are interested to see in Osaka in advance which made my planning easy and efficient. Hope you both enjoyed your entire time during the first trip to Japan and come back again some day:-)

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Julia
1 month ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ We wanted to experience the ambiance and highlights of Kyoto and Osaka in 2 days and Seiko delivered! ”

Seiko has a warm enthusiastic personality and spoke excellent English. We saw beautiful and wonderous parts of both cities and loved both new and old Japan through her eyes. Thank you Seiko for such a fun visit! Will, Julia, Bob and Cheri

Seiko:
Thank you, Julia, Will, Bob, and Cheri for the great time together. I enjoyed talking with you all and sakura so much to the extent sometimes forgot that I was guiding you around! And special thanks to the secret sake under sakura to end our Kyoto tour!! I wish you had more time in Osaka too, but glad to hear that you enjoyed the tour. Thanks again!!!! Seiko

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Jess
2 months ago , ( Family ) , From: Philippines

“ Osaka Day tour ”

Seiko was very warm, approachable and knowledgeable with Osaka's rich history. She is very responsive to questions before and also during the tour. She was very flexible to all our requests, will definitely recommend her to family and friends planing on visiting Osaka.

Seiko:
Thank you Jess and the whole family! It was my pleasure to guide you all and also good experience to lead a big group of people with different generations and demands. Everyone was patient with me especially about walking so much during the tour. Thanks again and hope to see any of you if ever coming back to Osaka! Seiko

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