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Tea picking experience & tea plantation walking/cycling (Seasonal tour)

by Seiko
(42) Reviews
7h $ 218

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, Great Buddha)
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People
218.05 USD

People People
1 ~ 4 people 218.05 USD
5 ~ 7 people 249.20 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 32.04

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.

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!

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Seiko Licensed Guide
(42) Reviews
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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, Great Buddha)

Important

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

*Please contact me first for availability and note below before booking:
1. Transportation fee, entrance fee, and lunch/dinner for you and guide during the tour are NOT INCLUDED in the guide fee. Please bring enough cash to separately pay them during the tour. (Licensed guides get free admission at temples/shrines/castles and most tourist attractions, except for facilities like aquarium, zoo, amusement parks, etc.)
2. Hotel pick-up is optional for custom booking tours. It is 1,000 - 1,500 yen depending on your hotel and tour location, and hotel drop-off after the tour is not included.

***Excursions ***
I can guide you in Okayama (including Naoshima and Kurashiki), Hiroshima (Onomichi, Shimanami islands cycling, Miyajima, etc.) and Shikoku (Iya valley etc.) if you pay for my transportation.
The above areas can be visited from Osaka/Kyoto in one or two days.

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 on certain dates 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. read more

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 and lunch (both you and guide)
eg. Train & bus fare is about 3000 yen/round-trip/person from Kyoto or Osaka
* You can choose to rent a car for your group (**********yen + highway toll & gas per day)
-**********yen per person for tea picking experience fee
- 1000 yen per person if you'd like to rent a bike
- Uji or Nara visit
- Hotel drop-off
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
Duration
7 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 7 people   Flexible

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.

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 ( 42 )
Marcio Marcio United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Fantastic introduction to Kyoto! ”

This was our first trip to Japan and we chose Seiko to introduce us to Kyoto in our very first day. She was the PERFECT tour guide: calm, flexible, thorough, knowledgeable, and fun. We visited some of the main attractions in one day and she even taught us how to use the public transportation by ourselves. Overall, an extremely good experience.

Seiko:

Thank you for your kind comment, Marcio. I had a PERFECT day with you all!! Thank you for asking me lots of interesting questions as well. I enjoyed not just showing the sites, our culture and food etc. but also hearing about your connections to Japan and Japanese culture before you actually visited here. I wish I could have taught your sons more Japanese words, but hope at least "Sumimasen" was useful :) Thanks again!!!! Seiko

Gary Gary United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Great Informative Guide and Excellent English Speaker!!! ”

Seiko was wonderful! She worked to adjust our itinerary at the last minute due to the excessive heat/humidity in Kyoto/Uji. We walked through Uji (learned how to make matcha), visited Byodo-In Temple and Fushimi-Inari in Kyoto. She made the most of our time with how efficient she planned everything. If you enjoy hearing interesting facts about the various places you visit I would highly recommend Seiko! You will not be disappointed!

Seiko:

Thank you Gary for the positive and thoughtful review. One of the things I care most for planning a tour is efficiency to maximize the limited time together, so I am very glad to hear your comment about it! I hope you had a great time despite the heat in Kyoto (& glad you barely missed the typhoon!) and are now enjoying the maccha from Uji at home! Seiko

Llyswen Llyswen United States ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Fantastic guide! ”

Seiko was a fantastic guide, she showed us a great selection of sites to give us a good feel for Kyoto. My husband and I and our kids (11 and 13) learned a lot and she’s really nice. We all enjoyed the tour!

Seiko:

Thanks for the fun and easy-going tour! Your family were so lively and approachable from the moment we met, and chatting with your kids who are cheerful and curious was a bonus! Hope your son got better soon, and you could see and enjoy more for the rest of your days in Kyoto. Seiko

Delly Delly United States
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Beyond my expectation!!!!! ”

The best guide I’ve ever had!!!! Seiko made me feel like a sister that I left here in Japan☺️. She arranged our itinerary base on our interest as we were haft way trough our day. She is very knowledgeable about where to go and the rich history of each places. She took us to a very nice local lunch witch we would never find on our own or on TripAdvisor. She not only took us to popular places, but also the places that only local know. She is so flexible with her time, her 8hrs doesn’t just ended at the exact time, she made sure we have a good time till the end. If you want to experience Kyoto with a high energy, loving and feel like one of the local Seiko is A MUST!!! Thank again Seiko for keeping with our pace ☺️. It should be the other way around. Delly

Seiko:

Thank you Delly for the wonderful time! You help me break the record with my pedometer!! I was lucky to be picked by you guys, so fit and fun to walk with, and absolutely enjoyed walking from the corner to corner in Uji and even to the top of Fushimi Inari! You could see a lot more of our real and everyday life in Japan. I was sad to say good-bye in the bus after such a great time of walking, cycling, and chatting with you all about everything especially about anime and football with your son:). Hope you'll come back to Japan to see more some day, maybe in a different season. Thanks again!! Seiko

Karen Karen United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 months ago

“ ?saka day trip ”

We had a fabulous day in Osaka with Seiko. We met her at Kobe port and she expertly navigated us through the trains to Osaka. We saw the highlights by foot and boat as Seiko gave us the history of the city. We had lunch at a local sushi restaurant which was wonderful (it was tiny but worth the wait). Our two college aged children had a great time as Seiko was so easy to get along with and made our day fun. This was far better than taking the tours offered by our cruise ship.

Seiko:

Thank you Karen and everyone! I'm very relieved to hear that you had a good time despite the hustle and bustle for the boat and train ride at the end....: ) I think we covered a lot within the limited time which cannot be done with the cruise ship tour, thanks to you all giving a clear picture of what you want to see/eat/buy before and during the tour. Please cheer for Hanshin Tigers from the States and say hi to the people at the United Noodles for me!! Seiko

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