Discover the art of Japanese tea appreciation through a unique experience known as "tea fighting." This plan highlights Sayama tea, one of Japan's top three tea brands, celebrated for its exquisite flavor. What makes this experience truly exceptional is the opportunity to savor "single origin" Japanese tea, cultivated and processed on the owner's tea farm. Your journey will be guided by the tea shop owner, starting from the tea farm and continuing to the processing factory.
For lunch, relish a delightful meal at the "Chadokoro Issen" restaurant near the Iruma City Museum ‘ALIT’ – Tea Museum, where you will savor exquisite Sayama Tea Cuisine. Afterward, explore the Tea Museum to complete your comprehensive immersion into the world of Tea.
This tour is conveniently located about one hour away from Tokyo Station and 30 minutes from Ikebukuro Station by train. It includes a Local Guide, private transportation from Iruma-shi Station, and a delectable lunch, ensuring that international visitors may participate with ease and peace of mind.
10:30 AM: Meet up at Iruma-shi Station (An English-speaking Guide will welcome you)
Drive along a road through tea plantations.
11:00 AM: Arrive at the Tea Shop
Tea Farm and Factory Tour/Sayama Tea Seminar/Toucha (Fighting Tea) Experience/Shopping
Receive a Drinking Comparison Set as a souvenir to take home, featuring five Tea varieties
12:00 PM: Lunch at the Chadokoro Issen restaurant
Menu: Sayama Tea Cuisine
After lunch, visit the Iruma City Museum ‘ALIT’ Tea Museum
1:30 PM: Arrive at Iruma-shi Station to conclude the tour
Explore Tanaka Seichaen, a historic Tea Plantation in Iruma-shi. Guided by the Plantation owner, you will tour the Tea fields and processing Facility, gaining insights into Tea picking methods, processing techniques, and cultivation challenges. Engage in meaningful interactions with the Plantation.
Experience a Sayama Tea Seminar and Tea-Fighting Session in a traditional Japanese tatami room inside a historic Plantation House.
Enjoy lunch at the Chadokoro Issen Restaurant, located adjacent to the Tea Museum. Indulge in Sayama Tea Cuisine made from local ingredients.
*Menu examples include Tea Croquettes, Tea-infused Potato Salad, Sashimi (Raw Fish), and Savory egg custard.
After lunch, you will visit the Tea Museum, adjacent to the restaurant.
The peak Tea-Picking Season, from late April to mid-June, is not included in the schedule. Furthermore, please note that this Plantations’ regular days off are every Sunday, Monday, and public holidays. Tours will not be available on the days.