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

by Seiko
(28) Reviews
7h $ 207 up to 7 people

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)
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207.00 USD

FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 27.00

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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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)

Important

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

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. read more

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

Duration 7 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people up to 7 people   Flexible

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 (both 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

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Seiko


Licensed Guide

(28) Reviews

Contact Seiko
Response Time 10 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hello, I am Seiko! I was born and grew up in Kurashiki (Okayama pref.) until high school, spent my college days in Kyoto, and currently living in Osaka.
I studied Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Wisconsin, as well.
I myself am a traveler for life, been to more than 30 countries and all the prefectures in Japan and always excited to help travel planning for my friends/clients coming to Japan. I am also a hiker, kayaker, scuba diver, and snowboarder enjoying myself mostly outdoors in every season.
I would especially love to show you things that are rarely found in your guidebook or difficult to do as tourists from other countries as well as the beauty of the nature and rural areas in Japan.
Besides city tours in Osaka and Kyoto, my tours can stretch to introducing local foods, bar-hopping, sake/beer breweries, visiting secret local spots, excursions to enjoy the nature such as walking/hiking tours, onsen day-out, and more!
Let's have fun time and unique experience with me!

*Please check my original tours in Kyoto and Osaka. These tour rates are more reasonable than booking a custom tour with me!

*Please note below before booking:
1. Transportation fee, entrance fee, and lunch/dinner for you and guide is NOT included in the base rate. (Licensed guides normally get free admission at temples, shrines and certain tourist attractions.)
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.
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Reviews ( 28 )

Excellent
2 weeks ago |   by Sarah

“ Couldn’t have seen as much as we did! ”

Really fantastic tour. My family and I were only here for about 3 days and since there was so much to see and do it was a little overwhelming trying to plan what exactly the best plan of action would be. With Seiko she took care of the entire itinerary and guided us throughout Kyoto easily. By the time the tour ended we knew we wouldn’t have been able to do this on our own. She spoke vey good English and was even there for us via email for the rest of the trip if we had any questions or recommendations! It was almost like we were meeting up with a friend to guide us around the city. Overall we definitely recommend :) thank you Seiko for the wonderful day!

Excellent
3 weeks ago |   by Linda

“ Awesome and memorable Kyoto day trip ”

Seiko was very punctual, knowledgeable and caring. We really enjoyed the itinerary she had planned taking into consider our preferences. She also shared many valuable knowledge with us. She was very accommodating in adjusting our itinerary on the day itself. Making sure we cover as much as we could. Seiko also did her best to provide us recommendations for our stay in Osaka. Although there was a lot of walking for us but it was really a fruitful, worthwhile and enjoyable trip. This trip was the best part of my first trip to Japan. We were very thankful and appreciative of Seiko!

Excellent
1 month ago |   by David

“ Osaka in a Day ”

Seiko was an excellent guide for our all-day tour in Osaka. Prior to our trip, Seiko contacted us to get an idea of where we wanted to visit on our and offered her recommendations as well, since we only mentioned Osaka Castle! We had a packed itinerary and visited many of the popular spots in Osaka/Namba like Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi, Minami, (and also the Castle), etc. Seiko also took the time to plan and take us off the beaten path and through some of the older and more "local" areas of the City which we really enjoyed along with the personal insight that she provided. It really showed her knowledge, passion and love for the City. We also had lunch together and it was great just kicking-back and talking about stuff Japanese! The entire day was a balance of taking as much in, while still being able appreciate the local culture. Without a doubt, Seiko's knowledge, professionalism and desire for us to experience the City, made our day tour of Osaka memorable. We would hire her again the next time we're in town and you should too!

Excellent
1 month ago |   by J

“ Thank you Seiko! ”

Seiko guided our clients at Himeji Castle and in Osaka's dotonbori district. Our clients enjoyed the tour and we would use her services again in the future.

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Patricia

“ Amazing day with Seiko ”

We had the good fortune of meeting Seiko during our recent trip to Kyoto. There are 3 of us and we wanted to visit various sights we didn't get to see the day prior from a bike tour. Despite the distant location of each sight and the limited time, Seiko was very helpful and accommodating when putting together our itinerary for us. She even made some terrific suggestions (Sake tasting) and we had a blast spending the day with her. Her English was excellent and she was by far the best tour guide during our 11 day trip inJapan. She offered a lot of history and information at each place we visited. I only wish we could spend more time with her that day. We will definitely have her guide us again when we return to Kyoto and Osaka. Thank you Seiko!!!

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