Tea tours in Wazuka - Kyoto
● TEA PICKING AND FACTORY TOUR ●
Welcome to Wazuka, the Tea-topia !
A full day of tea adventures is waiting for you !
We will start by the tea picking activity and hike in the morning.
Back to the cafe, you will be able to order a tea- inspired meal and beverages from our menu.
Then, we will head to the Sencha factory (located within a five-minutes walk) to observe the production process.
Finally, you will enjoy a tasting course with 3 different sencha et 3 different matcha. You will learn how to prepare matcha with a bamboo whisk.
The tour is held in English. It is available for about 6 people and lasts 5 hours.
The price is 10,000yen/person, it includes lunch (prepared and served at our Cafe).
1. Tea introduction
Do you know the different kinds of Japanese tea ? Have you ever tasted Gyokuro ? Do you know what Houjicha is ?
We will serve you a welcome tea and start explaining about the major types of Japanese green tea.
Note : we can keep your luggage in a safe place and toilets are available.
2. Guided visit to our tea fields
Why the tea bushes are round-shaped ? How many times per year do you harvest ? Why do you cover the tea trees ?
We have several tea fields, each one of them has specific features (climate, soil type, history, elevation,...). You will learn how those factors influence the taste and the quality of tea.
And later on, you will taste the differences !
Note : Hiking sticks are provided when needed. Hiking levels go from very easy to difficult.
3. Guided visit to the Sencha factory
How many leaves do you need to make 1 kg of tea ? What are the different steps of production ? How do you achieve the characteristic needle shape ?
The Sencha processing factory is a traditional building made of wood and clay.
In the factory, we will go through each machines and tell you about the steps involved in the production process : steaming, rolling, and drying the tea leaves.
Please note that all machines are stopped for safety reasons.
4. Tea tasting - Sencha and matcha
You want to find out how Umami tastes like ? Or be able to tell astringency from bitterness ?
Just like wine or coffee, tea has many different aromas (seaweed, green, fruity, butter, floral, roasted,...). It has also the "Umami" taste (うま味) known as the 5th taste.
During the tasting course, you will be presented with 3 different Sencha: Yabukita, Gokô and Okumidori.