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Nishio Matcha Tea Tour in Aichi: From Farm to Teahouse

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399
Food Tours
Visit a tea farm, grind and whisk your own matcha, try traditional sweets, and visit a historic teahouse in Nishio City, Japan’s premier matcha producing area.
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6 hours
Japanese, English
Highlights
Stroll among the tea fields, wearing a woman’s tea picking outfit
See how matcha is processed at a tea factory and use a stone mill to grind tea leaves into matcha
Taste seasonal Japanese sweets during a basic tea ceremony, whisking your own matcha, at a local cafe
Visit some of the other highlights of Nishio, like Nishio City Historic Park and Miso Park
ID
399
When you attend this experience, byFood will donate ¥ 250
Experience Details
Nishio produces 60% of the matcha tea sold in Japan, and much of it used to make sweets such as ice cream and cookies. Due to its meticulous production, Nishio matcha is the prefered tea for many brands, and is used in everything from Häagen-dazs to the Starbucks Matcha Latte. On this tea Nishio tea farm tour, visitors will come to appreciate the attention to detail that goes into creating matcha. The methods of matcha production are precise at every stage, from tea farming to matcha processing. Farms in Nishio shield their tea shrubs from the sun using special tarps, and the matcha tea is ground using a type of granite mill made in Japan. Only tea made using this type of mill can be considered matcha, and the speed at which it rotates is essential to ensure the best flavor and quality. This comprehensive matcha experience in Aichi starts at a tea farm, where guests can don women’s tea picking uniforms and take photos, immersed in a sea of vibrant green tea bushes. Afterward, they will visit a matcha processing factory and try grinding their own matcha tea, tasting the difference that different types of matcha mills can make, using the same tea leaves. Then, at a tea house, they will learn the whisking technique to make the perfect frothy bowl of matcha, and enjoy it alongside Japanese sweets. Following a tonkatsu and sashimi lunch at Tonkatsu Nishiki, the tour will continue, showcasing the other sites that Nishio has to offer. At Nishio Historic Park, sip another bowl of matcha alongside sweets, seated at the teahouse of the former Konoe House and gaze out at Nishio Castle. Then, the tour will take a turn and introduce another Japanese product at Miso Park, accompanied by a tasting of several different types of miso. The dates of this experience are as follows: 4/27 (Mon) / 4/30 (Thu) 5/11 (Mon) / 5/14 (Thu) 5/18 (Mon) / 5/21 (Thu) 5/25 (Mon) / 5/27 (Wed)
Inclusions
Tea farm tour and matcha processing factory visit
Simple tea ceremony with Japanese sweets
Souvenir: Nishio matcha latte
Lunch: fried pork cutlet and sashimi
Visit to Nishio City Historic Park and tasting at Miso Park
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet at Nishio Tourist Information Center (西尾観光案内所), located a 1-minute walk from Nishio Station
Remarks
This experience begins at 10:15. Please be on time.
Children and infants under 6 years old cannot pick tea at the tea farm.
Cancellations due to bad weather are eligible for a full refund or rescheduling.
This experience requires a minimum number of guests. If there are not enough bookings, it will be rescheduled or canceled (with full refund).
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Earliest available date: December 7, 2020
¥ 14,400
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When you attend this experience, byFood will donate ¥ 250
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With lunch