Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms

Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms, Wazuka-cho: Hours, Address, Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms Reviews: 5/5

Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Our Japanese Tea Tour is a great opportunity to experience and learn more about Japanese tea culture. You will have a chance to taste a wide range of traditional Japanese teas as well as to visit several beautiful tea fields in the surrounding mountains. We are looking forward to welcoming you on an unforgettable adventure to tea sites and flavors! More information about our tea tours is the link below and if you are interested, you can book it directly through our website.
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6 contributions
Nov 2019
After spending time in the city, Wazuka was a breath of fresh air. The views were unbelievable! Pictures don't do it justice. It's about 2 hours from Kyoto, but well worth the trip. We did the guided tea tour and was able to sample over 9 different teas over 3 hours. The tour was guided by an intern and Hiro. Hiro was very knowledgeable and amazing at answering any of our questions! We learned how tea is harvested and produced manually and with machines. We also learned how to brew and prepare different types of tea. Overall an amazing learning experience! They offer a Master Tea Course and internship opportunities, and I'm definitely considering those for the future.
Written December 4, 2019
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Oakland, California454 contributions
Sep 2019
The Obubu Tea Fram provides the visitor with a full introduction to tea farming and production. The Farm has foreign interns who stay and work at the farm for 3 months at a time and in addition to working the farm and the tea factory, they act as guides for visitors. The visit includes a introduction to tea and tea farming, a visit to the mountainside where the tea is grown, a visit to the factory and finally a tea tasting.
Written September 16, 2019
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Tynee S
Sydney, Australia114 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
We love everything here was thinking shall we skipped as not easy travel there so ended up book the tour with Matcha man....OMG worth go out of the city and see this.It is so good to know and learn about how long it takes until harvest and how hard .You will enjoy the tea more than ever!
Note that very hard to walk especially when we went there becuz of the rain
Written May 7, 2019
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South Orange, NJ103 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Okay, so you won't become a tea master after the four hour tea tour, but chances are you will leave knowing a lot more than even the average Japanese. The staff and interns were fun and friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. Afterwards, we opted to spend the extra yen to get a scenic drive in the farm's van back to our train station, where we learned more about the local history of the area. We came from a night in Nara, and left for Kyoto. It's definitely a great day trip to the countryside as a bridge between the two cities. Logistically, it did take us both a bus and a train to get there from Nara, but the directions on the website regarding timing are spot on.
Written March 19, 2019
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New York City, NY18 contributions
Feb 2019
We had the pleasure of participating in a full-day tea tour at Obubu during our honeymoon in February 2019. Getting to Obubu from Kyoto station wasn’t easy (took us 2 hours and entailed a train + bus), but it was SO worth it. I am not much of a tea lover, but my wife is. Still, I’d highly recommend the tea tour to anyone visiting Kyoto or Osaka. Our day started off with a general overview of the company and introduction to tea. Next, we were taken to the tea farm in the mountains where we had magnificent views of the city. It would be impossible difficult to get those views on your own. Put it this way, when we visited Fushimi Inari, the view from the top of the shrine paled in comparison to our experience at Obubu. Also, we were left with a lasting impression from our guide Hiro who was the most genuine, kind and warm person we met in Japan. He’s one in a million and we’re glad to have met him. After physically seeing the area where the tea was grown, we saw where the leaves were processed to make the physical product. We were then taken to a fantastic local lunch and ate with the team at Obubu where all our curiosities of tea were addressed in a candid forum (the interns at Obubu are largely foreign with strong English proficiency so complex questions are answered perfectly). After lunch, we headed back to try a variety of different teas. Wazuka as a region produces a meaningful portion of Japan’s tea and obtaining a curated and wholesome experience like this is unparalleled. During our visit to Kyoto, we saw the Suntory Yamazaki production process, Fushimi Inari and Arashiyama. We would say that experience at Obubu was the most interesting and unique! Thanks so much to the team at Obubu
Written February 23, 2019
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Kala B
2 contributions
Jun 2018 • Solo
Obubu's guided tea tour is a must for any Japan enthusiast, the trip out into Wazuka is/was worth it alone. Hiro and the intern Anna (Ana?) were particularly welcoming and knowledgeable (everyone else was super lovely too, I just didn't 100% catch their names) and the tour was super interesting (even as a solo traveler). I cannot recommend this trip anough, I visited Hiroshima, Kyoto, Okunoshima, and Tokyo during my trip and this tour was/is still one of my favorite Japan memories.❤️💕
Written July 12, 2018
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Australia71 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
I emailed Obubu and received a response that the farm is not open to explore but you can book a tour not through email but through their website - a seemingly arduous process. Instead of booking and paying obubu to simply see tea field, I drove into Wazuka and visited the Ishitera tea plantation which was incredible and free to see. If you are already well studied individual in Japanese teas you dont need to visit obubu for their tour as you can save money and see arguable better sites in and around Wazuka and even Uji up the road. The pictures attached are of the Ishitera tea plantation and surrounding areas - all free to see keep in mind so you can save money and spend it on taking fukamushi/ asamushi sencha and even some gyokuro tea with you home instead!
Written April 20, 2018
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Dear RyaCho, thank you for your comments. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your time in our tea town. Yes as mentioned by our staff, we do offer tea tours that you can book through our website. We understand that this may not be easy for everyone and are working to improve it. In terms of our tea tour program, yes, a part of it involves visiting tea fields in the surrounding mountains and enjoying the scenery. Our tea tours, however, are much more than that. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides, our guests also visit our tea factory and learn about Japanese tea cultivation and processing from actual tea growers and producers. The tea tours are then continued with an interactive tea tasting of both common and rare Japanese teas, during which our guests have a opportunity to make several Japanese teas using traditional Japanese teaware. All in all, our tea tours provide a good overview of Japanese tea, suitable and enjoyable to both tea lovers and professionals. Nonetheless, we are happy you enjoyed the day in our tea town and wish you all the best in your travels.
Written April 26, 2018
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chicago15 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
We loved our experience at the tea farm. I HIGHLY recommend visiting Obubu. It is about an hour outside of Kyoto and easy to get to using train and bus. The setting is absolutely beautiful and the people were wonderful. Lunch was great and the tea tastings were excellent, learned so much!
Written March 15, 2018
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San Diego, CA4 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
As part of this year’s trip to Japan, my husband and I took a tour with the folks at Obubu Tea Farms to get away from the city hustle and bustle and check out an actual Japanese tea farm. From the get go, registration/payment and following the provided directions was clear cut – it took about an hour and a half by train and bus from Osaka, but it’s not a very complicated route (again, just follow the directions that will be provided, and you’ll be just fine.)

As for our tour, the staff was nothing short of wonderful! With all the enthusiasm each intern and guide clearly had, they were extremely knowledgeable (not to mention they had quite personable characters!); my husband has been really into teas for the past 5 to 6 years and was able to find out all he wanted to know about the whole process, and then some. Then, there was the tea tasting – Obubu offered a wide variety of quality teas, each with its own story of how it was made, from what part of the plant, and more. Overall, you really get an education on what tea entails so you can walk away a tea master 😊

Also, compared to a lot of high quality tea found in the US, purchasing directly from the Obubu office is often less expensive for the quality you receive. Definitely a plus!

As the highlight of our trip, I would highly recommend!
Written March 3, 2018
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Jackie Z
2 contributions
Feb 2018 • Solo
I had an absolute blast on my Obubu Tea tour!! The whole tour was so educational and informative, I learnt so much about tea - from the processing to how to serve it. The interns running the tour are so welcoming, kind and fun. The tea farm itself is gorgeous and picturesque. Honestly was a perfect day out - and I highly recommend checking Wazuka out afterwards, there are many cute cafes in the area. Thanks Obubu!!
Written March 2, 2018
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