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Uplifting Kyoto: Private Tour of Uji's Tea, Shrines, and Natural Spirituality

Ever wondered what makes Japanese green tea so special? Explore the nuances of Kyoto's most famous tea producing area on a private tour of Uji and learn not only about the intricacies of tea, but also the engaging local history. Just a little off the beaten path (around 30 minutes by local train from central Kyoto points such as the Gion or Kyoto Station areas), Uji packs in breathtaking views of the river and mountains, and houses not one, but two UNESCO world heritage sites within a 10-minute walk of each other. All of this, and with far less people than you'd typically find canvassing the well worn paths of central Kyoto.

In addition to tea and nature, this tour also features a visit to Byodo-in, a magnificent temple with a superlative, modern museum as well (admission included), around which you'll be guided by a native or equivalent English speaker who is sure to be friendly, accessible, and also very knowledgeable about the finer points of tea and Buddhism.

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  • What's included :
    • Admission to Byodoin Temple and Museum
    • Gyokuro tea house experience with Japanese sweet
    • Kanbayashi Tea Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Tsuen Teahouse and Shop
    • Entry/Admission - Takumi-no Yakata
    • Entry/Admission - Ujigami Shrine
    • Entry/Admission - Byodoin Omotesando
    • Entry/Admission - Byodoin Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Prefectural Uji Park
    • Entry/Admission - Koshoji Temple
    What's excluded :
    • Food and drink outside of the tea experience
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Tsuen Teahouse and Shop, Higashiuchi-1 Uji, Kyoto 611-0021, Japan

    Start your exploration into Japan's most prized tea by paying a visit to Japan's oldest extant teashop called Tsuen Tea. From samurai to emperors, this shop has been serving the finest fro 24 generations since the 12th century.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Takumi-no Yakata, Mataburi-17-1 Uji, Kyoto 611-0021, Japan

    Get some caffeine with this one of a kind Gyokuro tea drinking experience. Gyokuro tea is the highest grade of green tea in Japan. Slowly steam the leaves in increasingly warm water while learning about the tea making and brewing process. Finish up by eating the tea leaves with some ponzu sauce for a healthy and unique snack.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ujigami Shrine, 59 Uji Yamada, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

    Pay a visit to the oldest original shrine in Japan. A UNESCO world heritage site, this shrine also houses the last of Uji's underground spring water that naturally bubbles up to the surface. Local tea shops collect the water to make tea for their customers.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Byodoin Omotesando, 2 Uji, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

    Travel down the pilgrimage street leading to Byodoin Temple. Lined with tea shops, many going back to the medieval period, smell the aroma of fresh tea and discover the wide variety of tea produced in this historical region.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Byodoin Temple, 116 Uji Renge, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

    Enter into this magnificent temple dating back to the Heian period. The magnificent temple hall sits on a man made lake, and not only is it a UNESCO world heritage site, but it's also the same temple featured on the back of the 10 yen coin. Also see some of the artifacts from the temple in the subterranean temple museum.

    Duration: 45 minutes

    Stop At: Prefectural Uji Park, Uji Togawa, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

    Stroll along this pleasant island in the middle of the river, and discover about the ancient tradition of cormorant fishing with birds.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Koshoji Temple, 27-1 Uji Yamada, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

    End your tea journey at the oldest Soto Zen temple in Kyoto. Zen Buddhism originally came in from China and helped pioneer the tea ceremony in Japan.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Uji River, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

    Envelope yourself in Uji's rich natural beauty. Although shallow now, this river was the lifeblood for trade with the capitals of Kyoto and Nara, and tea, sake, and more from all over the country and the rest of Asia.

  • Departure Point :
    Uji Station, Japan, 〒611-0021 京都府宇治市宇治宇文字17−16
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • The itinerary as is includes many stairs. If this poses a problem, let us know, and we'll make suitable modifications.
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • This walking tour is largely outdoors and in areas that are not crowded with people.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by Pinpoint Traveler, Inc

Activity ID: V-33348P22

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