Enjoy the scenic tea plantations and unique tea culture of the birthplace of Japanese green tea. – Designated a Japan Heritage site-
Kyoto City → [40 mins] → Ujitawara Town:
Nishinoyama Observatory of Tea Plantations
(20 mins) → Ujitawara Town: Soen Koyuan Yantan /
Walk through Yuyadani Tea Town / Nagatani Soen
House / Chaso-myo Shrine (90 mins) → [40 mins] →
●Nishinoyama Observatory of
Enjoy a panoramic view of the Nishinoyama group of tea plantations known as the “Ujitawara Soen” village. In spring, you can also witness the leaves being harvested.
●Soen Koyuan Yantan
This is the hub for tourism exchange in Ujitawara Town. Here you can experience various tea-related programs and buy local products and fine teas produced by local growers.
●Nagatani Soen House
This is the birthplace of Nagatani Soen, who during the middle of the Edo period, developed and popularised a process of rolling and drying sencha tea leaves known as the “aosei sencha” method – which remains the basis for tea manufacturing in Japan to this day. Inside are the valuable remains of a kiln which was used for tea making.
In 1954, Nagatani Soen was enshrined in the formerly-named Daijingu shrine as its Chasomyo deity. Its moss-covered torii gate, stone fence, and surrounding forest alude a sacred, mysterious atmosphere.