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Walk Japan’s new Tea Tour highlights the cultural and social significance of tea for Japanese people

December 9, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Walk Japan, the pioneer of off-the-beaten-track tours of Japan, announces the launch of the Tea Tour, a walking tour showcasing the historical, social and cultural role of tea, while exploring beautiful, speciality tea areas in central Japan.

This fully guided, ten-day tour explores the significance of tea for Japanese people, who have made the drink an element of their daily lives since Buddhist monks introduced it in the 9th Century. Under the guidance of Tim d’Offay of Postcard Teas of London, one of the world’s finest purveyors of tea and Walk Japan’s tour partner, the tour uncovers the dramatic influence of tea during short, leisurely walks in lesser known Japan.


The tour is suitable for all walkers. In the expert company of the Walk Japan Tour Leader, participants stroll on mostly gentle terrain through some of Japan’s most iconic rural and historic surroundings.
They will travel alongside a riverside path in the picturesque village of Yuya Onsen in Aichi, where the mountains are a patchwork of terraced paddies. They will stroll down Kyoto’s backstreets, examining traditional tin tea caddies created by artisans who serve the Imperial Household. A local tea expert leads guests on a culinary journey of wagashi Japanese sweets, while they try their hand at making.

Accommodation is in hotels and a Japanese inn with onsen hot springs. Meals are a delight, ranging from sumptuous banquets at the inn, through farmhouse-style cuisine at local restaurants to feasts at some of Kyoto and Tokyo’s foremost dining establishments. Reflecting the culinary role of tea, the group will enjoy tea served not only as a drink but also as an ingredient in our cuisine.

The Tea Tour is a ten-day, nine-night fully guided walking tour for up to 12 participants, running from 10 May – 20 May 2017. It is a Level 2 tour and is suitable for anyone who can walk at a leisurely pace for three hours in comfort.

From JPY795,000 per person. This price includes a fully guided tour with tea connoisseur and expert Tim D’Offay and the Walk Japan Tour Leader; local travel from tour meeting point to finishing point; accommodation for nine nights; nine breakfasts, six lunches and seven evening meals; baggage transfers and entrance fees.

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