Every year Obubu organises Tea Picking and Rolling Events to celebrate Japanese tea harvesting seasons. Whether you enjoy green tea as a hobby or work with it professionally, Tea Picking and Rolling Event is an ichi go ichi e (a.k.a once in a lifetime) a unique opportunity to experience Japanese green tea! In 2017 Tea Picking and Rolling Events will be held on 29th April, 8th July, 23rd September.
The event starts with the tea picking in beautiful tea fields of a famous tea producing area – Wazuka, Kyoto. If you have never tried tea picking before, fear not, we will explain you how to do it on the day.
Hand-picking of tea leaves, however, is far from all that is waiting for you. On the same day you get to hand-roll those leaves into tea, using a method that originally came to Japan from China. So through the day you will be able to see how your picked green leaves turn into tea – a heart-warming mind-clearing drink. You may also take some of it home with you!
The event also includes a traditional Japanese lunch box with all the dishes made using green tea. More than that, you will get to try a unique green tea tempura made from your own freshly picked tea leaves. Tealicious!
If you want to see what traditional tea picking felt like years ago, you can wear a traditional Japanese tea picker’s costume, called Chamusume (a.k.a tea daughter). There is only a limited number of costumes available (at an addition fee of 3000 yen) so please book your place early.
10:00-10:30 Arrival (those coming by train will be picked up by an event bus from Kamo Station on JR Yamatoji line at 10:00)
10:30-11:00 Event introduction (getting changed to tea costumes)
11:00-12:00 Tea picking
13:00-15:30 Tea rolling
15:30-17:00 Tasting of freshly made tea (and other special tea experiences)
17:00 Event closing (those who came by train will be taken back to Kamo train station by an event bus)
Wazuka Terrace community centre and Obubu tea fields
Tea picker’s costume for women – 3000 yen (optional and available on first come first serve basis)
To book your place select the date in the form below.
After submitting the booking form you will be directed to a payment page. Please make a payment at the time of the booking (you cannot return to the payment page afterwards).
Your place is reserved once the payment is confirmed.
Up to 2 weeks prior to the event – 100% refund
Up to 1 week prior to the event – 80% refund
Up to 3 days prior to the event – 50% refund
After 3 days prior to the event, no refund will be given, but we will send you 1-bag per person of tea so that you do not go away completely empty-handed.
Please come in comfortable clothes and shoes that you don’t mind soiling. The event will take place even in light rain and may only be cancelled or rescheduled in case of a heavy rainfall. If you are arranging a bigger tour group, contact us for details.