Guided Tea Tours of Tea Plantations

GUIDED TEA TOURS

 

Would you like to learn more about the cultivation of green tea and the different types of tea? Would you like to know how the processing of the best green tea is done? Then you should visit Uji. 


From Spring 2022 we will be offering two tours:


The Uji region is the birthplace of green tea and was the first region green tea was cultivated on a grand scale. The city of Uji is located south of Kyoto the ancient capital of Japan and can be reached in a short time by train. The oldest tea houses in Japan are located here and gourmets will find countless sweet and salty menus, which are refined with green tea. Uji is well worth a visit and has something for everyone, not just for green tea lovers. Special mention should be made of the two Unesco World Heritage Sites: The Byodoin Temple and the Uji-gami shrine.

DAY TOUR

 
 

Duration: 6 hours

Languages: German / English / Japanese

Start location: at the north exit of JR-Uji Station

Start time: 9.30 a.m.

Highlights of the tour:

  • We visit different tea fields, which is only possible with a guide.

  • You get to know tea processing.

  • We visit the birthplace of Nagatani Soen, the inventor of the modern tea processing method in Japan.

  • We visit the Byodoin Temple (Unesco World Heritage Site) with its fantastic surrounding and a museum. The main hall of the temple is minted on the reverse of the 10 yen-coin.

  • We visit the Uji-gami shrine, another Unesco World Heritage Site. It is believed that this shrine is the oldest in Japan and is connected to the Byodoin Temple as a kind of guardian shrine.

  • You prepare your own Matcha tea and enjoy it with traditional Japanese sweets (Azuki - Red Beans).

  • For Lunch we will eat authentic Matcha Soba noodles.

 

HALF DAY TOUR

 
 

Duration: 4 hours

Languages: German / English / Japanese

Start location: at the north exit of JR-Uji Station

Start time: 9.30 a.m.

Highlights of the tour:

  • We visit a tea field, which is only possible with a guide.

  • You get to know the basics of tea processing.

  • You prepare your own Matcha tea and enjoy it with traditional Japanese sweets (Azuki - Red Beans).

  • We visit the Byodoin Temple (Unesco World Heritage Site) with its fantastic surrounding and a museum. The main hall of the temple is minted on the reverse of the coin.

 
Sencha tea fields
Sencha tea fields

Sencha tea fields with their particular form and shape.

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Oishita-en tea fields
Oishita-en tea fields

Tea fields for Matcha production in summer.

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Matcha soba noodles
Matcha soba noodles

Lunch time, Matcha soba noodles hand made in Uji from stone grounded Matcha powder.

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Sencha tea fields
Sencha tea fields

Sencha tea fields with their particular form and shape.

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Shincha
Shincha

Young tea leaves ready to be picked by hand.

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Sencha tea fields
Sencha tea fields

Tea for Sencha on a sloopy hill.

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Usucha (light tea)
Usucha (light tea)

Fine whisked premium Matcha.

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Shincha
Shincha

Young tea leaves ready to be picked by hand.

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Please tell us any time during the tours whether you need more time or want to see something else. If we can arrange it for you, we will be happy to make this visit to Uji a memorable one for you.

 

The order of individual tour sections my vary due to weather and other circumstances. But always in coordination with our guests. 

Let us know if you would like to join one of our guided tea tours. You can always check the schedule and send us an inquiry.

 

We look forward to welcoming you!

 

TOBI-EN and team


* Travelers from Switzerland can contact www.japan-ferien.ch at any time for further information.