On this full-day group tour, you'll start with a brief introduction and history of green tea. You will then have the opportunity to pick the tea and make your own green tea with your just-harvested leaves ... More info ›
On this full-day group tour, you'll start with a brief introduction and history of green tea. You will then have the opportunity to pick the tea and make your own green tea with your just-harvested leaves. Along with your freshly brewed green tea, you will get to enjoy green tea leaf tempura! After this special green tea experience, your tour escort will take you on a stroll around Kawagoe with your group. Kawagoe is one of the historical towns near Tokyo, known as Little Edo. Here, you can enjoy local snacks and beer. There will be a maximum of 10 people per group.
You will first meet your tour escort at Seibu-Shinjuku station in Shinjuku at 8:45am. From there, you will take a 40-minute train ride to Sayama city in Saitama prefecture. Upon arrival, a green tea master will welcome you at the tea field and teach you how to pick up green tea leaves, as well as the history, type of green tea and more. After instruction, you will experience picking green tea leaves. Then you will actually roll your fresh tea leaves harvested by you and enjoy drinking green tea! They will also cook green tea leaf tempura for yourself. This is an experience only offered at the green tea field because it's so fresh! Green tea in Sayama, called Sayama-cha, is known as one of the greatest green teas of Japan along with Shizuoka-cha and Uji-cha.
After lunch, you will go to the city of Kawagoe. This town, known as Little Edo, is home to many traditional buildings and local streets. You will have a chance to taste local snacks and local beer. If time allows, visit a local temple and shrine.
Your tour will end at approximately 5pm, where you will then take a ride on the JR train to go back to Tokyo. If desired, you may separate from your group in Kawagoe.
8:45am: Meet with your tour escort at Seibu-Shinjuu station
9am: Take an express train to Sayama-shi station
10am - 12pm: Tea picking and green tea tasting
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm - 4pm: Stroll in Kawagoe
5pm: Take train back to Tokyo