[Kyoto/Uji/Wazuka] Go into the Tea Fields for a Hike and Harvest Tea Leaves, Then Head Back to the Store to Try Them for Yourself
Just as there are various high-end cultivars of rice like “Koshihikari” and “Sasanishiki,” there are also distinguished cultivars among teas, with each having its own minute particularities.
One of the most famous cultivars, called “Yabukita,” accounts for around 75% of the tea produced in Japan.
In trying each distinctive tea cultivar, you’ll be better able to compare the different characteristics of Japanese tea cultivars on your own tongue, and ultimately catch a glimpse into the profound depths of the world of Japanese teas!
At d:matcha Kyoto, they regularly offer a number of different cultural experience courses to better get to know Japanese tea, including a matcha (finely ground powder of specially grown tea leaves) grinding experience, a tea plantation tour, and a tea tasting of matcha, sencha (infused green tea leaves), and an unscented homemade blend.
Each offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in the cultural traditions of Japanese tea right where it's cultivated!
Hiking in the Tea Fields
Go for a hike into the organically cultivated fields of Uji Matcha tea leaves managed by d:matcha.
You'll also stop by the large, round, concentric tea plantations of Harayama on the way.
The guided tour allows you to visit remote areas that would otherwise be difficult to find.
Take in the serene scenery that can be found in beautiful Wazuka.
Tea Leaf Harvesting Experience
Curious about how tea leaves are harvested?
Take part in a tea leaf harvest, then try some sencha made with the fresh leaves.
You'll also be able to try the harvested tea leaves as tempura once you get back from the hike.
Available with an English Guide
Every cultural experience course at d:matcha Kyoto CAFE & KITCHEN is available in English.
From 6,000 yen