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Tea Tour Japan

Wazuka, Soraku District, Japan

Experience hosted by Greg

2 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

From our meeting point, the free shuttle will bring you to my home. Here we enjoy some fine organic matcha and a local treat from the tatami room overlooking the tea fields . Feeling good from the matcha we start our walkabout. Surreally beautiful tea fields, historical sites, local architecture, and mountain streams all await us. I will be explaining all things tea and nature, as we stroll through the tea fields and forest on public and private paths. After the walkabout the free shuttle will return you to the pickup spot and from there you are free to roam the town and visit some recommended local tea shops/cafes at your leisure.

This is a short version of my other experience that over 160 people have rated 5 stars. But, I don't always have time for the 4hr tour and have added this experience which, I think will be great for those on time restrictions as well.

See the 4 hour experience @
https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/175107

See a drone video of some places we go made by a past guest, as a thank you for an awesome experience.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91Cl9cwkayU&feature=youtu.be
Other things to note
Guests of all ages can attend. Some short but steep inclines, comfortable walking shoes recommended, hiking sticks are provided to guests for extra safety.
From our meeting point, the free shuttle will bring you to my home. Here we enjoy some fine organic matcha and a local treat from the tatami room overlooking the tea fields . Feeling good from the matcha we start our walkabout. Surreally beautiful tea fields, historical sites, local architecture, and mountain streams all await us. I will be explaining all things tea and nature, as we stroll through the tea fields and forest on public and private…

Greg's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Food
    Wagashi/Japanese sweets
  • Drinks
    Organic local fresh Match
  • Equipment
    Hiking Stick
From $49
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Greg

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 11 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hello everyone!
I am a certified Uji tea sommelier (lic.# 28320) and have 20+ years of Japanese tea brewing expertise. I process hand crafted small batch tea of the highest quality, and I am a purveyor/connoisseur of the finest naturally grown tea Japan has to offer. With my acquired tea skills and 18+ years of wisdom as a tour company owner, I have created for you an experience that is fun and educational.
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Where you'll be

The center of Wazuka is our destination, the prime tea growing area of Uji. Close to Kyoto and Osaka via Japan Rail (JR).
From the Tea Zion House, located in the heart of Wazuka, we enter the vibrant tea fields and forests.
Relax in an authentic Misawa built Japanese home, before the hike while enjoying organic matcha and wagashi with the fabulous views from the tea room. Come see the daily life of Wazuka up close and personal.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Yōkai
September 2019
We were a group of four (adults and teenagers), living for 20 years in Kyoto, and we have shared during this tour a very unique experience. Greg is very professional at all levels and his knowledge of tea culture is extraordinary. From the local agriculture to the scientific benefits of tea drinking we could get the best of this journey. Drinking local organic tea, picking up tea along the way and hiking in a wonderful landscape was a true privilege. Going away from the crowded streets of Osaka was also a very peaceful and rejuvenating moment. If there’s one experience or adventure you should experiment in the Kyoto Osaka Nara region it’s definitely this one. Greg is also a great human being, a guide to another living dimension. Just follow the path and let it go, enjoy the tea party.
We were a group of four (adults and teenagers), living for 20 years in Kyoto, and we have shared during this tour a very unique experience. Greg is very professional at all levels…
Monica
August 2019
I learned so much! I’m so glad I booked this tour. Wazuka is beautiful and Greg is very personable and has a deep understanding of tea.
Joel
June 2019
I really enjoyed this tour. This is a beautiful part of the world and the tea plantations are cool. The tour started with a matcha tea tasting and I like that it wasn't a formal tea ceremony. Then we went for a walk into the hills where Greg explained everything along the way. His local experiences are really cool and unique. He's developed relationships with farmers and is very knowledgeable about the area. Highly recommended!
I really enjoyed this tour. This is a beautiful part of the world and the tea plantations are cool. The tour started with a matcha tea tasting and I like that it wasn't a formal te…
Tracey
June 2019
Greg gave us a fascinating insight into his life and his passion for Japanese tea. A lovely walk through the local plantations where he explained the different tea types and growing and harvesting processes. A fantastic tour.
Jonathan
May 2019
My last day in Japan couldn’t have ended better...Greg is an absolute expert and very passionate about his work. I took the two hour tour and he was able to condense all the info and sightseeing. We started out first having matcha tea in his lovely house then we went on a hike where to get to pick tea plants 🌱 for yourself. Great experience and something not to miss if in Kyoto. 6 stars ⭐️
My last day in Japan couldn’t have ended better...Greg is an absolute expert and very passionate about his work. I took the two hour tour and he was able to condense all the info a…
Eric
May 2019
Thank you Greg for sharing your life stories with me. I also appreciated your frankness with certain "sensitive" topics. Until we meet again, Eric

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Cameras, water, and comfortable walking shoes with good grip.