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

by Seiko
(67) Reviews
7h $ 242

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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241.80 USD

People People
1 ~ 4 people 241.80 USD
5 ~ 7 people 260.40 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour for Uji or Nara.
$ 33.48

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 ( 67 )
Taeok Taeok United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Just like a caring aunt ”

We took a one day Osaka city tour with Seiko. Our group consisted of 7 people from 3 generations-rather big and diverse group. My husband and I were worried if the grandparents who are in their early 80’s would be able to keep up with the tour. We were also worried if the kids will follow with the tour without getting bored or tired too soon. As we feared, the grandparents had to take a long break in the middle of our first destination, and then even longer break for lunch. But Seiko accommodated to the grandparents’ needs with so much care and kindness that we felt like she was our real aunt! The grandparents eventually returned to the hotel after lunch, and the tour continued with the remaining 5 people. Since we took such long breaks, we were behind the schedule by a lot, but Seiko gu... read more

Evonne Evonne Singapore ( Couple )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Kyoto Tour ”

Seiko is a very good guide. She brought us around the shrines, temple, bamboo grove and sake tasting. She explained the historical of the temples n shrine and Japanese culture. She speak very good english. She even don’t mind to bring us around for more sake even though she is supposed to call it a day. Will definitely engage her if we are going back to Osaka again.

Karen Karen Australia ( Family )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Excellent guide, great knowledge of Kyoto - highly recommend ”

I booked an 8 hour tour with Seiko to see the sights of Kyoto with my three teenagers. As I was unsure how such a long day would unfold with the kids, I asked if we could be flexible and she was fantastic. She did her best to accommodate our wishes and was so friendly, helpful and knowledgable. She took us to the Fushimi Inari shrine, the bamboo forest, Nishiki market, a department store food hall, Gion and the Kennin-ji temple. We also had great tonkatsu for lunch in central Kyoto. I would highly recommend her to anyone keen to see all the main sights of such a fantastic city.

Seiko:

Thanks Karen! It could have been more challenging to travel in Japan with 3 teenagers, but I'm sure you enjoyed the days as your children were so engaged in the tour and interested in lots of cultural aspects and Japanese food, even learning many Japanese words in a week! I especially enjoyed Fushimi Inari hike with you all. Such a fun day for me too! Thanks so much and hope you can come back with your husband some time soon. Seiko

Eduardo Eduardo Mexico ( Family )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ Fantastic family day in Kyoto ”

I traveled with my family of 5 members to Kyoto this summer. Seiko was very accommodating to prepare a schedule to fit our interests. We covered every place we wanted to visit and Seiko always showed great knowledge of the history of every location. But the most spectacular thing was that Seiko took us to many particular spots outside the main paths that made a great difference to our day, including a fantastic restaurant to enjoy local food at a spectacular location. We had great fun with her throughout the day. Many many thanks to Seiko for making our visit to Kyoto so special. We highly recommend her for families or groups visiting the area.

Seiko:

Thank you Eduardo! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed my way of walking this beautiful city of Kyoto! Sometimes it's very difficult to avoid the crowds at busy time but I try to show you the area from different angles and not to walk the same way back so you can see more with limited time. Hope your wife (my sister!?) and the boys (so cool & sweeeeet!) also had a great time in Japan! Thanks again for coming all the way to our country:) Seiko

carolina Carolina United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ SIEKO IS FABULOUS ”

We did a deep dive into three hot spots in Kyoto and also had a marvelous 'local' lunch with Seiko. She was knowledgeable, friendly, cool, thoughtful ... we not only learned a lot, but we also truly enjoyed her company as she is quite an interesting an accomplished person. I would definitely do another tour with Seiko. It really made our stay in Kyoto special and set us up for touring solo. She also went out of her way to explain the subway/ transit system and she even offered us many ideas for itineraries on the upcoming days. Thank you Seiko! #BestTourGuideInKyoto.

Seiko:

Thank you Carolina, I had a wonderful time with you and your family too! Your friendliness and smile made me feel so comfortable to guide a big family with small kid right away, and I really enjoyed being your companion as if I was your fiend in Japan:) The twins were amazing and patient too, great job! I hope you guys had a good time in Nishiki and other sites in Kyoto thereafter. Thanks again!! Seiko

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