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Kyoto Uji Green Tea & World Heritage Byodo-in Temple(SWA027)

2015.02.01

Introduction

In this tour, you can visit a variety of sightseeing spots in Uji and enjoy Uji green tea. You will go over Uji Bridge, one of the three oldest bridges in Japan, and visit Tsuen Tea House in business for 850 years, and learn how to make delicious tea at Uji Cha Dojo “Takumi no Yakara”. Then, you will have an experience with grinding tea leaves into powder and drink matcha tea at Fukujuen Uji Tea Workshop. Also, you will visit Byodo-in Temple Phoenix Hall registered as a World Heritage.

Price per person
18,500 yen for 1 person
14,700 yen for 2 persons
13,400 yen for 3 persons
12,800 yen for 4 persons
Kids (age 6-11): 6,500 yen/person

Tour Detail

Tour Style
This is a short trip program.
- Some programs are not conducted on daily basis. Please ask us for availability first.
- Programs are offered in English, but other languages may be available. Please ask us for your desired language.

Meeting Place
Pick up at your hotel in Kyoto
(The picking applicable hotels are limited to the hotels between Higashi-oji-dori and Nishi-oji-dori (to the east and west) and Imadegawa-dori and Jujo-dori(to the north and south). If you need a taxi or a hired car, an additional fee will be charged.)
Group Size
1~4 persons *Please ask us if your groups is 5 persons or more.
Duration
4 hours
Destination
Tour Itinerary
9:00 start

Your hotel → San-no-ma of Uji Bridge→ Tsuen Tea House→ Uji Cha Dojo “Takumi no Yakara” → Fukujuen Uji Tea Workshop→Byodo-in Temple、Byodo-in Temple Phoenix Hal Phoenix Hall →Front approach to Byodo-in Temple → JR Uji Station

◆Uji Bridge
This bridge is said to be originally built in 646 by Priest Doto and is one of the three oldest bridges in Japan. The current bridge was built in 1996. You can see a lot of ingenuity to retain the original atmosphere throughout the bridge as a key junction between Kyoto, Nara, and Omi. For example, ornamental tops of the railing, decorative covers for the end of beams, protection against driftwood, and San-no-ma (where Toyotomi Hideyoshi scooped clear water for tea ceremony from Uji River). Currently, there is a ritual to scoop water from San-no-ma in the autumn tea festival.

◆Tsuen Tea House
This tea house started business in 1160. The shopkeepers have served as the bridge guard for generations. Current building is an architectural remain of machiya, or traditional Japanese townhouse built in Edo Period. A wooden structure of the first shopkeeper Tsuen created by Priest Ikkyu and a hanging jar created by Sen-no-Rikyu and used for scooping water from Uji River are enshrined inside the shop. It is famous for a novel “Miyamoto Musashi”.

◆Uji Cha Dojo “Takumi no Yakara”
You can learn how to make delicious Uji tea using a teapot. A Japanese tea instructor will explain about various kinds of teas such as gyokuro, matcha, and sencha and introduce some tips for making delicious tea. A snack will be served with the tea.

◆Fukujuen Uji Tea Workshop
You will grind tea leaves (material of powdered tea) into powder using a stone quern. Then, you will make matcha, or foamy green tea, using a bamboo whisk by yourself. A Japanese cake will be served with the tea.

◆Byodo-in Temple Phoenix Hal
The regent Fujiwara Yorimichi converted a villa owned by his father, Fujiwara Michinaga, into a Buddhist temple in 1052, late Heian Period. In the next year, the Amitabha Hall (Phoenix Hall) was built and a number of great Heian Buddhism heritages such as the seated statue of Amitabha Tathagata created by Jocho, the best Buddhist sculptor in Heian Period, the Fifty-Two Worshiping Bodhisattvas on Clouds, and the door paintings remain in Byodo-in Temple. The Phoenix Hall and phoenix statue are used in the designs of 10-yen coin and 10,000-yen note, respectively.

◆Front approach to Byodo-in Temple
Many long-established Uji tea shops in business from Muromachi Period stand on both sides and tea aroma is floating in this path. Also, you can enjoy rich lineup of special products of Uji in this historical front approach to Byodo-in Temple.
What's Included
Guiding fee, Public transportation fee (For taxis or hired cars, additional fee will be charged.), Admission fee
What's not Included
Cost of meal and sightseeing activities
Tour Tips
Booking process

1. Please ask us for availability through ‘contact us’ form and make sure to write the number of participants and date.

2. We will check the availability and come back to you within 2 business days.

3. Payment request will be sent via Paypal.

4. Reservation is done upon receiving your payment. Confirmation e-mail will be sent to you.

Payment

- Program fees shall be paid through Paypal. Currently, no other payment method is accepted.

Cancellation Policy

Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 15 days prior to the program date.

Reservations cancelled less than 14 days before the program date will incur the following charges:

- Between 14 days and 3 days: 20% of the program charge

- 2 days in advance: 50% of the program charge

- Less than a day or no show: 100% of the program charge

*Time is in JST.

Conditions

- Please follow the guide's instruction during the program. We shall not be responsible for any accident caused by disregard of the instructions.

- Program duration is an estimate and is subject to change depending on the number of participants and/or conditions without prior notice.

- Please advise us if there are any religious or health restrictions, allergies, or any case where special care is needed when you ask us for availability.

- Deadline for booking a program is 5 business days prior to the program date.