What to Expect
After staying in places like Tokyo, Osaka and other busy cities, you might feel you need a bit of break, looking for relaxing places to feel nature and tranquility.
Well, this is the ideal place! It is only 1.5 hour away from Tokyo, but the atmosphere is totally different and you can experience Japanese culture and have some delicious food in nature. And most importantly, it's still unknown by tourists from overseas!
Located on the Izu Peninsula, Nirayama is a relaxing historical town with a world heritage " Nirayama reverberatory furnace", located very close to a famous hot-spring town of Izu nagaoka city.Also, this place is famous for its farms growing Japanese green tea. With a magnificent and breathtaking view of Mt.Fuji (depending on the weather), you can enjoy strolling in a lush green tea field (here's the really good part!) wearing easy-to-wear Kimono. The staff will help you get dressed and making it great fun before you even get going!
Then, it's off to the tea field! You'll see a huge green field stretched out in front of you and the staffs assist you in getting to know how to pick the right tea leaves and then explain how they're grown and also how to make tea out of leaves. (I will of course translate all this).
After picking, you'll go back to the changing-room to change your Kimono and then you'll be invited to 'quench your thirst' with fresh green tea. And you can take the tea leaves you picked with you.
Afterwards, we are off to relax at a local restaurant near the tea field. The restaurant has very friendly atmosphere, loved by the locals for their Soba, tempura and many kinds of "donburi"
-a bowl of rice topped with Tempura and sashimi.
All the dishes are freshly made by the owner everyday. Their tempura and sushi are also delicious and you can enjoy them at a reasonable price. This place is loved by local people.
This is a seasonal 4-hour tour which is held only 2 times a year: in Spring (April 29th to June 31st) and in Autumn (September 15th to October 15th).
However, upon your request and as far as time allows, I am very flexible to "what you would like to do and eat", so please feel free to ask me if you have any requests. We can do more things or I can organize other private tours such as experience hot-spring in Izunagaoka, cycling around the town, or Numazu sightseeing and/or others.(optional)
Please do not miss the chance to enjoy "one-day Izu experience".