Stop by Obuchi Sasaba tea farm in Shizuoka for a peaceful moment of reflection and for one of the most stunning views of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Neat rows of winding tea bushes cascade down from the hilly slope over which Fuji-san reigns, a breathtaking sight that’s like a scene from a postcard.
Here in Shizuoka, one of Japan’s top tea-growing areas, travelers can slow down and bask in nature, sitting on a wooden platform in the middle of the tea field. Guided by the fifth generation tea master Honda-san, visitors can make their own original tea blend, selecting sencha (Japanese green tea), hojicha (roasted tea), or kocha (black tea) as the base. Nearly a dozen types of spices, herbs, and dried flowers are available to add to the blend, contributing their own aromatic qualities.
“Gogumi” is the Japanese art of creative tea blending by a master tea maker. Based on your taste preferences, lifestyle, and health condition, the master tea maker will help you select from a variety of tea leaves, herbs, and spices. Seasonal ingredients can also be added.
Lastly, Honda-san will brew the tea blend using the optimal water temperature and time. The taste of the tea also evolves as the blend is steeped for the second and third times, coaxing out different flavors from the ingredients.
Everyone will get to taste every tea blend as it’s made, each one with its own balance of floral, spice, and herbal aromas. Creative combinations and traditional blends are welcome. After naming and sealing up these tea blends, Honda-san will bring guests to his own tea farm in Shizuoka, where everyone will take turns brewing tea in the fields, with another striking view of Mt. Fuji against the sky.
Shizuoka tea farm tour of Obuchi Sasaba and Honda-san’s farm
Tea blend making experience (souvenir to take home)
Tea drinking experience at Honda-san’s tea farm in Shizuoka
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
We will meet at Honda-san's home (address in the welcome email)
This experience is weather-dependent. If it is expected to rain, we will inform you of the cancellation the day before.
PLEASE NOTE: Experience times are 10:00, 12:15, 14:30, and 16:30. Please select "12:00" for the 12:15 experience.