＜The birthplace of Japanese tea＞
A heartwarming and enchanting experience in a real village
Hidden Kyoto (Kyoto Countryside Tour)takes you to the home of the popular tea brand Uji synonymous with Japanese tea to experience the charm and relaxing countryside it represents.
Located away from the hustle and bustle, yet in close proximity to the major sightseeing cities of Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, Uji surrounded by rich greenery of the tea plantations and rice fields is in total contrast to the nearby urban landscape. Discover here Satoyama style rural Japan where people have coexisted and manage mountains, forests and farmland in a sustainable lifestyle for centuries.
Explore the shrines, temples, the old merchant quarters of the tea wholesale district etc the local community inherited from their ancestors and not found in any guide book. Your encounters with the local community of simple village folks here at their hometown could stand out as one of your best memories in Japan.
HIDDEN KYOTO COUNTRYSIDE TOUR
Keihanna Commemorative Park, Seika Town -Experience the wonders of a Japanese traditional landscape garden-
d:matcha Kyoto, Wazuka Town -Stroll in beautiful tea fields and indulge in green tea products-
Shokado Garden & Art Museum, Yawata City -Experience Japanese tea ceremony in a traditional tea room-
Already famous as a tourist destination as much for its green tea houses as its Unesco World Heritage sites of Byodo-in Temple and Ujigami Shrine. The perfect beginning to any exploration of the area.
Joyo, located between Kyoto and Nara, is the birth place at Gyokuro tea leaves and an ancient town famous for its historical tombs and sites.
A culturally important town centered around the impressive Iwashimizu Hachimangu Shrine and the beautiful Shokado Japanese gardens - famous for its Shokado Bento lunchbox.
Famous for its Ikkyu-ji Temple - where the renowned Zen buddhist monk Ikkyu Sojun spent his last days-and for its production of premium Gyokuro tea leaves.
Kizugawa City sits at the southernmost tip of Kyoto Prefecture and is second only to Kyoto City for its sheer number of national treasures and important cultural assets.
A hub of industry centered around the Ujigawa and Kizugawa rivers, Kumiyama is also famous for its production of Kyo-yasai Kyoto vegetables.
Tucked between the ancient walking paths that span the mountains connecting Kyoto and Nara, Ide Town is a hiker’s paradise. Enjoy the Tamagawa River cherry blossoms in spring and catch a glimpse of fireflies along the Minami Tanigawa river in June.
Birthplace of the 18th Century tea master Nagatani Soen, who developed a revolutionary new method of steaming and rolling green tea that has remained largely unchanged to this day.
Surrounded by unspoilt nature, Kasagi Town boasts the serene mountain top Kasagi-dera Temple, whose enormous buddha effigies carved into the Rock face is a sight to behold.
Cameras at the ready when visiting Wazuka Town, whose hills are covered in perfectly manicured tea fields. The farm dwellings framed against the rows of tea evoke a rural landscape untouched by time.
A prosperous town with a sweet tooth, as its plethora of cake shops and bakeries attest. Try strawberry picking in early spring or taking a stroll through the large Keihanna Commemorative Park.