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Seasonal Tour! Tea picking with a view of Mt.Fuji, closest tea field from Tokyo!

by Hiroko
(4) Reviews
4h $ 282 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Japanese tea-picking in Izu, Shizuoka (closest tea field from Tokyo)
  • Great view of two World Heritage sites
  • Experience Japanese culture: wearing tea-picking Kimono and interacting with friendly locals at the tea field
  • Visiting tea processing factory
  • Delicious Japanese lunch loved by locals; Soba with Tempura, Sushi or others upon your request
  • Recommended for everyone (couple, groups, elderly people and family with small children)
  • Option: cycling around the town, experience hot spring and other activities (upon your request)
  • Visiting a restful gallery during an exhibition (please see the picture)
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281.60 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 35.20
Extra person (additional charge is required from 6th person).
$ 22.00

Overview

The basic idea of this tour is to spend relaxing and enjoyable day in Izu, by experiencing what you can do only here for a limited time! Enjoy the day trip to Japanese tea field in a beautiful town of Nirayama, overlooking two World heritage sites; "Mt.Fuji" and "the Nirayama Reverberator", and let's have delicious Japanese lunch together!

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".

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Hiroko Licensed Guide
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Highlights

  • Japanese tea-picking in Izu, Shizuoka (closest tea field from Tokyo)
  • Great view of two World Heritage sites
  • Experience Japanese culture: wearing tea-picking Kimono and interacting with friendly locals at the tea field
  • Visiting tea processing factory
  • Delicious Japanese lunch loved by locals; Soba with Tempura, Sushi or others upon your request
  • Recommended for everyone (couple, groups, elderly people and family with small children)
  • Option: cycling around the town, experience hot spring and other activities (upon your request)
  • Visiting a restful gallery during an exhibition (please see the picture)

Important

There is no tour on Wednesday and Thursday. However, if Wednesday and Thursday is the only day you have available, I could arrange a tour according to your requests.

-Tea-picking can be done even if it rains. (i.e., in the greenhouse or under a tent) but it will be cancelled due to heavy rain or inclement weather.
In that case, the guide shall arrange alternatives such as hot spring and/or visiting the temple "Ganjyojyuin" to see one of the masterpieces and the national treasure Buddha by UNKEI.

-You may not be able to get the view of Mt.Fuji from the tea field if the weather is not clear (but in general, we can see the magnificent view of Mt.Fuji!)

-We shall not be responsible for any accident, injury, sickness and loss of your belongings during this tour.

-Please inform the guide in advance if you have any religious or health restrictions, need special care or if you are travelling with small children.

-Tea picking is held 4 times a day: 10:00am,11:00am,1:00pm and 2:00pm) and I need you to come to Izunagaoka station 30 minutes before the starting time (e.g., For the 10:00am tea picking session, time we meet at Izunagaoka station is 9:30am.)

-For the 13:00 and 14:00 tea picking session, we shall have lunch before heading to the tea field.

-We mainly use taxi on this tour but if you prefer to walk to the tea-picking field, we can walk (approximately 35 minutes) or we can rent a bicycle at Izunagaoka station. Rental bicycle costs 500 per day but if you get too tired to ride a bicycle after the tea-picking, you can leave your bicycle at the rental bike station near the tea field and we can take a taxi back to the station.
Advance reservation required for the rental bicycle, so please inform me if you would like to use a bicycle.(we are not be able to use a bicycle when they are all reserved.)

-Please note that we (rental bicycle company and I) are not responsible for any accident and injury occurred during the tour.
You are insured in case of an accident and injury during the use of the rental bicycle; however, you might not be fully covered by that insurance depending on the level of your accident and injury.

-Your booking will be confirmed after making sure that the tea picking session is available on the day and time you requested.

-The tour is flexible. We can discuss and make the best suitable tour for your day! read more

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
1) Transportation fee from Tokyo (or Shinagawa) to Mishima by Shinkansen Kodama (about 50 mins, 4,000JPY) then change to Izu Hakone line from Mishima to Izunagaoka station (21mins, 320JPY) - one way
*from Tokyo to Mishima, you can use JR pass.
2) Taxi (approximately 2,500-3,000JPY) for 4 people including a guide for the basic tour but if you would like to visit more places, it would cost more.
3) Tea-picking (in Spring: 1,500JPY, mid summer: 1,450JPY, Autumn: 1,200JPY)
4) Lunch (depending on your request but between 800 - 3,000JPY)

Optional:
1) rental bicycle: 500JPY per day for you and a guide (including insurance)
2) hot spring (there are many hot springs here in Izunagaoka. The price differs depending on ryokan and their services. I will recommend most suitable hot spring for you. (*Please note that you may need more than 4 hours if you would like to go to hot spring).
Meeting Point
Izu Nagaoka station (closest station)
Ending Point
Izu Nagaoka station (closest station)
Duration
4 hours
Starting time
09:30 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it easy to transfer from Shinkansen to Izu Hakone line at Mishima station?

Yes, it is easy. There is a sign to follow to Izu Hakone line.
At Izunagaoka station, you'll need to buy ticket to Izunagaoka station (320JPY).
Izunagaoka station is 8 stops away from Mishima station and it takes about 23 minutes.
I'd appreciate it if you arrive at Izunagaoka station at least 30 minutes before the starting time of the tea-picking session.

Is there a place where I can store my suitcase or big luggage during the tour?

There are coin-lockers at the station. If your luggages are too big to fit in, we can ask the station to keep them during the tour. Station staffs are very kind.

I'm traveling with children and elderly parents. Are they ok to do the tea-picking?

Children under 3 years old cannot do the tea-picking but it is totally ok to be at the tea-field.
This tour is made for people at all age. To get to the tea-field, we walk up to a gentle short slope but the other walking areas are very easy to walk.
If you're using wheel chair or require special attention, please inform me in advance so that I can prepare accordingly.

Is Kimono difficult to wear? and do we have to wear them?

It is "easy-to-wear Kimono" and friendly staffs will help you get dressed and I'm sure that it will be a good experience for you .
For men, there is a short Kimono called "Happi", and for children, there are small Kimono. (for children aged 3 and over).

What happens to lunch if we do the afternoon tea-picking from 13:00pm or 14:00pm?

We'll have lunch first, and then enjoy the tea-picking.
If you'd like to do the tea-picking in the afternoon, you'll need to arrive at Izunagaoka station at least 1.5 hours before the starting time of the tea-picking.
In my experience, I'd recommend you to do the tea-picking in the morning as many of my guests who did the tea-picking first seem more relaxed and enjoyed lunch with beer or sake before getting on the train.
But it is totally up to you, and you can choose the starting time according to your schedule.

After lunch, I might want to go to hot spring in Izu nagaoka. Is it possible?

Yes, I'd be happy to arrange for you.
Izu nagaoka is one of the oldest and popular hot spring areas in Izu and there are many nice Ryokan that offer hot springs.
Though, please note that if you would like to go and experience hot spring after the tea-picking and lunch, the tour would exceed 4 hours, and I need you to pay for extra hours (4,000JPY per hour).

Is it possible to do the tea-picking out of the season?

It depends on the condition of the Japanese green tea and I need to ask the tea farm first to check if we can do the tea-picking. So please let me know if you are coming during out-of-season.

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 ( 4 )
Julie Julie Canada ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Wonderful Day Exploring the Izu Peninsula ”

Our family of 5 (kids ages 21, 19, and 15) had one of the best days of our vacation in Japan with Hiroko. She met us at the cruise ship port in Shimizu and took us on a remarkable tour of beautiful Izu town with its gorgeous temple and bamboo forest, did a short hike at the breathtaking Jodaskaki coast, viewed a picturesque secluded wasabi farm and dipped our feet into the lovely waters of Banjo Falls. We stopped for a delicious sushi lunch and even tried wasabi ice cream and a local specialty, Shirasu fish (baby fish boiled and eaten on rice - surprisingly tasty!) Hiroko was highly professional and provided such valuable information as we toured. She is a lovely warm person who put her heart into making sure that we had an awesome time. Thank you Hiroko!

Hiroko:

Dear Julie and the Fisher family, Greeting from Japan. Thank you very much for your warm comments on the tour. I am so happy that you and the family have enjoyed Izu and made great experiences. It was the long distance from Shimizu but I am sure that your family is only people from crushing shipments at Shimizu who have visited Izu. Thanks to you all, the tour went great and I enjoyed the day with great appreciation. Your family is very warm and thoughtful. I hope that you all stay fine and happy. Good memories stay forever. Best regards, Hiroko

Tamlyn Tamlyn Japan ( Friends )
Excellent
4 months ago

“ Wonderful day picking green tea in Izu! ”

Hiroko was an excellent guide with outstanding english. Her knowledge of and pride in showing us and talking to us about everything on the Izu Peninsula was great. Her warmth, energy and connection with the farmers, restaurant owners and locals made for a fantastic day. We were given plenty of time to enjoy the green tea picking, long after other people had left. Our lunch in local restaurant was delicious and cycling to and form the tea farm also good fun.

Hiroko:

Dear Tamlyn, Thank you very much for having visited Izu and giving me such a warm comments. It was wonderful to guide you and your friends and I really hope that you all have made great memories of the tea farm, Shitake growing, cycling and the tea made by Tamiko San. I really enjoyed the tour!! Good memories stay forever. Please give my regards to your friends and hope to see you all again. Thank you very much. Best regards, Hiroko

Tonia Tonia United States ( Couple )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ True Japanese Hospitality ”

Hiroko was amazing!!! She has patiently answered all my numerous questions prior to my booking the trip. She went our of her way to arrange our transportation, contacting our hotel and suggesting the best train schedule. Hiroko was professional and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour and Hiroko. Thank you Hiroko!

Hiroko:

Dear Ms.Tonia and Mr. Mikhail, Thank you very much for having visited Izu, selecting Izu and my tour on your trip. It is my great presure to answer your questions and requests and thanks to this, we really had a good time! I was really happy to be with you and I admire your great knowledges in many field. In deep in the mountain, it was just our tranquillity place where we could relaxed and enjoyed the nature. I hope that you have made Izu memories and remember the day. Thank you very much again for everything. Please stay well and be happy. Hiroko

julie Julie Singapore ( Solo )
Excellent
1 year ago

“ Awesome Tea & wasabi farm tour with an awesome guide! ”

Hiroko was a fantastic guide! Very friendly, thoughtful & detailed. She even prepared notes for me on the places that we visited, made special arrangements to visit the tea farm despite it was closed for the season, helped me to plan my transport route & timings. She's also very knowledgeable about the area and we also visited the lovely wasabi farms.

Hiroko:

Dear Julie, Thank you very much for coming to Izu. It was like yesterday that we had 2 days tour, visiting the tea farm for the tea picking experience, having lunch at the local Japanese restaurant, going up to Mt.Katsuragi by ropeway where you enjoyed the foot bath and staying at a Japanese Ryokan. On the next day, we visited the family owned wasabi farm, one of the biggest and most beautiful wasabi field deep on Izu mountain and the water fall where we were almost only the visitors there where we listened to the sound of the river, the water fall and the birds singings. That area was like a private oasis and that was something I would like you to experience here in Izu, getting away from your daily busy days and busy works and just being relaxed and regainning energies. There were a lo... read more

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