Makinohara plateau, Japan's largest tea plantation was surprisingly cultivated by samurai about 150 years ago. By visiting the tea museum there to learn everything about tea and experience tea ceremony. Then, we'll visit Chagu'sba Terrace to enjoy a refreshing view of tea fields. Their eco-friendly tea production method has been designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System. Last visit is Kakegawa Castle, a wooden castle reconstructed by the same method in samurai days.
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Kakegawa station (or Shizuoka station)
It takes 1.5 hours by Shinkansen from Tokyo.
Meeting up and get on a local train for 12 minutes to Kanaya station.
Then taking a taxi for 5 minutes.
It is a perfect facility to know more about tea. You can learn the history and production of tea, various tea culture in the world, Japanese tea culture including tea ceremony experienced in the tea house and garden. Lunch menu using tea is recommended. You can also buy some tea and enjoy the taste of famous matcha ice cream, if you like.
Leaving the tea museum, we can enjoy driving by a chartered taxi to the tea fields designated as GIAHS.
The tea field view from Chagusaba Terrace on the summit of the hill, which has the TEA('Cha' in Japanese) letter on the hill side can be enjoyed. If the weather on the day is good, Mt. Fuji can be seen as well.
Depending on your request, we can drop by a tea factory to deepen our understanidng the tea process.
Driving back to Kakegawa to visit the castle. It was reconstructed with a wooden structure by the same method in samurai period. You may have a feel dating back to samurai period.
It takes about 10 minutes walk from the castle to Kakegawa statoin.
Shinkansen is available both for Tokyo and Kyoto, Osaka.
Kakegawa station (or Shizuoka station)
Shizuoka is the No. 1 Tea producer in Japan. Across the prefecture, there are many tea production areas. Among them, Makinohara plateau is the largest tea plantation in Japan. Surprisingly, the land was cultivated by samurai about 150 years ago.
We’ll visit the Tea Museum there. If you are a tea lover, this is the perfect facility to learn everything about tea including a variety of tea cultures. It has a Japanese tea house and garden. You can experience an authentic tea ceremony there.
After that, we'll visit Chagusaba Terrace to enjoy the tea field view. Around that area, their eco-friendly tea production method has gained attention and has been designated as GIAHS(Globaly Important Agricultural Heritage System) . Depending on your request in advance, we can drop by a tea factory and the like on the way.
Last visit is Kakegawa Castle, a wooden castle reconstructed by the method in those day. You may feel the atmosphere dating back to Samurai period.
I think it will be a special experience for you to spend a day in the spacious tea fields developed by samurai!
- Transportation for a guide to and from Kakegawa station: 3,200yen (appreciated paid in cash on the day)
- JR local train from Kakegawa to Kanaya: 330yen/person
- Taxi fare from Kanaya to the tea museum: less than 1,000yen/ a regular size taxi
- Chartered taxi fare for 2 hours: A chartered regular taxi(up to 3) 13,000yen/ 2 hours, a chartered van-taxi(up to 8) will cost 19,400yen/2 hours.
- Admission fee for the museum is 300yen/person, tea ceremony experience is 500yen/person
- Kakegawa castle: 410yen/person
* The taxi company says that a credit card is available, but still in many places in Japan, it will often be asked paid in cash, especially local areas.
A view of Mt. Fuji depends on the weather on that day.
Hiroyo was a great guide. She seemed to know her way around very well and was very patient with my kids. She was able to get us to a Green Tea Farm and a Wasabi Farm which was fascinating to see in person. The Green Tea Farm actually ended up being one of my kid's favorite part. We had a great time. Thank you again!
Thank you very much, Joseph! I’m very happy to hear from you! It was a great fun for me to spend the day with you and your children. They are really cute and it’s amazing to know that they are very much interested in Japanese wasabi and tea production. I hope you and your family will have another chance to visit Japan! Best wishes, Hiroyo
Hiroyo was very knowledgeable of sites and history of the areas we visited as well as other areas we were in which we were interested.
Dear Melanie, Thank you very much for your message! I hope you could enjoy Shizuoka. It was really a wonderful time for me to be with you and your friends. If you have anotehr opportunity, I'm always happy to welcome you!! Best wishes, Hiroyo
Hiroyo is a wonderful guide. She took the effort to familiarise herself with the farm which we suggested to visit by getting in contact with the owner and later preparing factsheets for us so that our cultural immersion is complete. In addition, Hiroyo checked to see that we have driven in mountainous areas before & asked us to consider insurance cover for our rental car in case of accidents. Hiroyo was very well prepared, she taught us a tea harvesting song and some origami + had origami gifts to take away for us. Al in all, we had a great experience with Hiroyo - we highly recommend Hiroyo.
Dear Christine, Thank you very much for your comment! I'm very happy to hear from you!! I just talked with the farm. It was our great pleasure to welcome your wonderful family here. I hope that you can enjoy making Hojicha(roasted tea) by yourself at home as well. If you have another chance to visit here in Shizuoka, I'm always ready to welcome you!! Thank you! Hiroyo
We had a delightful day excursion in the countryside of Shizuoka tea region. Hiroyo is very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about green tea processing. We enjoyed the tea tastings and lunch as well. Overall we had a wonderful time with our guide, Hiroyo.
Dear Melanie, Thank you very much for your warm message! I'm very happy to know that you and your daughter enjoyed the day. It was a wonderful time for me to spend a beautiful day with you! Shizuoka is a beautiful place to stay and has more to enjoy. I hope you have another opportunity to visit Japan! Thank you!! Hiroyo