Field to Cup: A Tea Harvesting Experience in Sayama
Discover this top green tea-producing region just a stone’s throw from the capital
Try your hand at picking tea leaves in one of Japan's most prominent tea-producing areas. Around an hour from Tokyo lies Sayama City, famous for the sweet, rich, and robust flavor of the tea produced from the local harvest. Escape from the big city bustle and get hands-on with one of Japan’s quintessential beverages at a century-old tea farm in green tea heartland.
From May through October, Miyanoen invites visitors into their fields to learn about how tea is harvested, as well as to experience the process firsthand. Collect fresh and fragrant leaves in a bamboo basket, then make your own aromatic tea by hand, and nibble on tempura tea leaves. For the full experience, try on the short navy kimono and red apron of a cha-musume, or tea girl. A separate program allows guests to enjoy a variety of other tasty and culturally alluring activities such as making matcha tea, or taking part in a traditional tea ceremony, tea tasting, and blending.
Slow down and take the time to savor the rich, layered flavors of your very own hand-picked cup of Sayama tea. Soak up the simple satisfaction of this farm-to-table experience, just a 30-minute walk from Iriso Station on the Seibu Shinjuku line. (Buses are also available from Sayama-shi Station on the same line)
approx. 120 min. or more