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This excursion invites you to join a small group of no more than 25 guests for a truly hands-on exploration of Japanese tea culture. A scenic drive leads to Nihondaira Ocha Kaikan, a grower and shop in the fertile tea district of Shizuoka. Here, you'll learn all about Japan's signature beverage and set out into the fields to hand pick tea leaves yourself. Afterwards, try a rather unique local snack, tea leaves tempura. Sample a selection of fresh picked leaves lightly battered and fried to create a surprisingly delicious treat. Of course, you'll also have the chance to enjoy Japanese tea the customary way – in a cup. Leaving Nihondaira Ocha Kaikan, head to the remains of Sumpu Castle and the breathtaking Japanese gardens that now surround it. Learn about the castle's history and amble along walking trails that follow the shores of a serene pond and wind through immaculate gardens.
Learn all about Japanese tea at Nihondaira Ocha Kaikan, a store specializing in tea from the Shizuoka region.
Set out into the fields to pick Japanese tea just like the locals have done it for generations.
Visit the ruins of Sumpu Castle and stroll among the tranquil ponds and gardens of Momijiyama.
What to BringShow
KeyCard and photo identification
What to WearShow
Hat and sunglasses
You can only see the exterior view of Sumpu castle.
Guests must be able to walk approximately .7 miles over flat and stone surfaces, including negotiating approximately 20 steps.
Guests in wheelchairs and those with limited mobility should not select this tour.
Drive time to Nihondaira Ocha Kaikan is approximately 30 minutes. Return drive to pier from Momijiyama Japanese Garden is also approximately 30 minutes.
Location Mt Fuji (Shimizu), Japan
Mt Fuji (Shimizu), Japan
Tour Code G85L
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