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

by Seiko
(59) 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 before booking.

***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)
- 2000-3000 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 ( 59 )
Craig Craig United States ( Solo )
Excellent
2 days ago

“ Osaka/Sake Visit ”

I travel a lot for work in Europe and South America and often I'm assigned a Tour Guide during free time. Those tours are often scripted. Seiko can be that Guide if you want, but she is also very flexible to go where you want even if it is last minute suggestion. She is very smart on history, international geography, food and especially Sake. I'm in the wine business and it was refreshing to learn a ton on Sake from Seiko. She knew my sake taste profile pretty quickly. I felt like I was hanging out with an old friend with Seiko with conversations about Family and Pets rather than a guide. Thank You Seiko! Craig

Michael Michael United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Exceptional day in Kyoto ”

Seiko planned a great day. Covered a variety of experiences. From a sake brewery, shrines, temples, tea ceremony to experiencing the Gion Festival. The Gion Festival was very special and gave us the opportunity to see many Geishas in all their beauty. Seiko was very knowledgeable and flexible on the itinerary. A wonderful day in a beautiful city.

Seiko:

Thanks Michael and Anne for a special day and letting me plan a tour with you. Yes, we did and visited a lot and I'm relieved to hear you enjoyed the day even after two weeks of traveling and seeing a lot in Japan. The festival is a small one but so special that we could be so close to Geikos/Maikos with their friendly and beautiful smiles. Please enjoy the rest of your time in Japan! Seiko

Chris Chris United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Tours of Osaka and Himeji Castle/ Kobe ”

My wife and I just spent two days with Seiko exploring Osaka, the Himeji Castle and Kobe. She picked us up and delivered us back to our hotel. She showed us how to use the subways and trains in Osaka and took us to interesting sites. She also took us to restaurants serving local food. Her English is outstanding. We had a great time with Seiko and would highly recommend her for anyone looking for a local guide in the Osaka area.

Seiko:

Thank you Chris and Helen for the wonderful two days. I sometimes find it a bit challenging to entertain someone who travels a lot and already seen many parts of Japan, but I ended up being entertained by many good questions from you all the time (thanks to your understanding about history etc)!!! Thanks for many drinks and meals with you too. Safe travels back to the States:) Seiko

Marian Marian United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Osaka food tour ”

We were a group of 8 people from USA. Seiko Met us at the train station at a cafe holding a sign and was easy to find. Seiko spoke English beautifully and took us on a food tour which highlighted the New World and Dotonbori areas. She is very knowledgeable about history and a pleasure to tour with. We would highly recommend her!

Seiko:

Thanks Marian for all the communications and arrangements before the tour. It went well thanks to you! I hope everyone enjoyed a day in Osaka and the rest of their time in other cities in Japan. Seiko

Wayea Wayea United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great customized tour of Nara and Osaka ”

Seiko is a wonderful tour guide. Her English is fluent and easy to understand. She accommodated our particular shopping and dining requests, and even let us use her wi-fi. She explained the history well. Highly recommend.

Seiko:

Thanks Wayea! I had a great time guiding and chatting with you and the family. Was very interesting! Sometimes it's not easy to meet everyone's request if it is a big group or different generations but I see you guys travel really well together by caring for each other. Thanks again! Seiko

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