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

by Seiko
(51) Reviews
7h $ 223

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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222.95 USD

People People
1 ~ 4 people 222.95 USD
5 ~ 7 people 254.80 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 32.76

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, 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. My schedule on Triplelights site is open for the next 3 month only. 2. Please read through my profile including "Important Notes" at the end.

***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 ( 51 )
Jacinta Jacinta Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Seiko was amazing ”

Seiko was the highlight of our Japan holiday. We were 4 Australians in our late 40s cruising around Japan and had never used a private guide before. We decided to give in a go as an alternative to a cruise booked tour. So pleased we did. She met us at the cruise terminal and help us change our JR Voucher into tickets. We then spent 8 hours touring Osaka & Kobe. Including the Castle, Shinsekai, Nipponbashi (subculture street) and Kuromon Ichiba Market. We walked, used subway and trains. She took us into restaurants we would never of entered on our own, introduced us to street food, she explained the culture and history in easy simple language that explained so much from our previous days in Tokyo and set us up for the rest of our time in Japan. Seiko even helped us plan our next day to ... read more

Seiko:

Thank you, Jacinta! Yes, we walked a lot and I really like to do that because you can see more of our real life and scenes as you walk. You were all so fit and interested in checking things out that I wished we'd had more time to show you more! I'd be so happy if my tour helped you all experience and understand our country and culture a bit more. It was also easy and fun for me to spend a day with you as chatting about lots of things. I hope you also had a great time in Hiroshima. Thanks again to all of you!!! Seiko

Kwee Lin Kwee Singapore ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Wonderful Day in Kyoto ”

I was going to visit Kyoto for the first time with my family and my sister's family. We had a party of 8 persons. I contacted Seiko a week before my arrival and requested for a day tour of Kyoto and also some specific spots which I wanted to visit. Seiko responded quickly with an itinerary. She made some good suggestions which I didn't think of. During the tour, Seiko gave us many good snippets of information about the history and significance of the places we visited. We were particularly happy to visit the Fushimi Sake District to experience the sake culture and taste the local sake. We would not be able to see so many places in a day without her capable guidance. I would strongly recommend her services to those who intend to tour the Kyoto area.

Seiko:

What a wonderful day with you too!!!! Thanks to you taking my advice and all of you being so patient with lots of walking, it was full of special things packed in one day. In the end it turned to be a long day visiting different places for 8 of you with different interests and ages, I was very grateful that nobody complained but took care of each other, so that the tour went so smoothly. I myself enjoyed the tour as much as (or maybe more than) you did. Lucky me! I was also happy to see you guys were enjoying sake & whisy Lol (& thanks for my sake too!) Thanks again and hope to see you again when you come back (PLEASE!) Seiko

Nancy Nancy United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ A Great Day in Kyoto ”

We contacted Seiko the day before our tour, with our request of guiding our family of six through multiple destinations in Kyoto. She responded quickly and was quite flexible with our all of our different requests. Most importantly, she added an element of practicality in terms of which destinations would combine most conveniently so that we could enjoy them to their fullest.We visited the Kinkaku-hi golden temple and Kitano Tenmangu shrine to see the amazing Fall colors.The highlight was our Riverboat tour down the Hozu- Gawa river where the charismatic guides used a single paddle and a bamboo pole to guide us down 10 miles of river while pointing out rocks which looked like Snoopy, a seal and a lion, as well as historical sites , all the while providing an fun element of comedy. Se... read more

Seiko:

Thank you for choosing me and your kind comments on the review, Nancy. I also very much appreciated that you took all my advice of alternatives/recommendations for fall colors and am so glad to hear you all liked the places we visited! Kitano Tenmangu is particularly a special place for me as I spent my college days living behind the temple, so is Hozugawa kudari where I did many training runs for rafting races (so I always knew how beautiful and fun the river boat ride is in every season:). You were also lucky in terms of timing for fall colors and we could spot a real Geiko-san by the beautiful bridge. It was definitely my lucky and special day as well especially with a wonderful family of yours! Thank you and your family again and hope you had a great time in other cities (and onsen... read more

JV JV Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Unforgettable Experience in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara! ”

Seiko meaning Holy Child. She’s cheerful, active, resourceful and very knowledgeable of Japan’s hidden gems. If you’re looking for the best experience in Japan then look no further than with Seiko. Seiko will help you find the beautiful unknown parts of Japan! If you want a tour that doesn’t have a lot of other tourists around then Seiko is the right tour guide for you. We had given her a list of activities that we wanted to do prior to our visit but she also made her own suggestions which we agreed on, her suggestions became the highlights of our trip. The next time we visit I think we’ll just let her decide because we really loved the places she took us to. We would not have known about those spots and restaurants if not for her. Two of my friends had already asked me for her conta... read more

Seiko:

Thank you so much for your thoughtful and rewarding review, JV. I was very moved by reading your kind comments and appreciate your time in writing this up despite your busy schedule. As we carefully planned an itinerary for your family of three generations together, I was ready for a bit challenging experience for me, but it turned out to be great experience and easy-going tour, and I had a wonderful time with you. Thanks for connecting me with your family (very interesting!), and I was so happy to see you liked the places I picked! Hope to see you again in the Philippines or Japan, someday soon! Seiko P.S. We actually made it to the restaurant I originally booked, as they said it was okay to be a bit late.... Glad you liked it too^^

Bernie Bernie United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Kyoto highlight ”

Seiko was a last minute replacement guide but was superb - very knowledgable, caring and spoke fluent English We had a wonderful day in Kyoto with her and enjoyed the sights of the Old Capitol + the market & Geisha area. We would not have seen as much without her - thank you Seiko

Seiko:

Thank you Bernie & Rosemary! It was a nice surprise to have a chance to guide you in Kyoto. I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful day, and certainly the long train ride was worthwhile! Pizza lunch was another surprise but shifted us into high gear thanks to a glass of wine! Thanks again and hope you continue a memorable journey. Seiko

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