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Uplifting Kyoto: Private Tour of Uji's Tea, Shrines, and Natural Spirituality

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Stop At: Tsuen Teahouse and Shop, Higashiuchi-1 Uji, Kyoto 611-0021, Japan

Start your exploration into Japan's most prized tea by paying a visit to Japan's oldest extant teashop called Tsuen Tea. From samurai to emperors, this shop has been serving the finest fro 24 generations since the 12th century.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Takumi-no Yakata, Mataburi-17-1 Uji, Kyoto 611-0021, Japan

Get some caffeine with this one of a kind Gyokuro tea drinking experience. Gyokuro tea is the highest grade of green tea in Japan. Slowly steam the leaves in increasingly warm water while learning about the tea making and brewing process. Finish up by eating the tea leaves with some ponzu sauce for a healthy and unique snack.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ujigami Shrine, 59 Uji Yamada, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

Pay a visit to the oldest original shrine in Japan. A UNESCO world heritage site, this shrine also houses the last of Uji's underground spring water that naturally bubbles up to the surface. Local tea shops collect the water to make tea for their customers.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Byodoin Omotesando, 2 Uji, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

Travel down the pilgrimage street leading to Byodoin Temple. Lined with tea shops, many going back to the medieval period, smell the aroma of fresh tea and discover the wide variety of tea produced in this historical region.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Byodoin Temple, 116 Uji Renge, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

Enter into this magnificent temple dating back to the Heian period. The magnificent temple hall sits on a man made lake, and not only is it a UNESCO world heritage site, but it's also the same temple featured on the back of the 10 yen coin. Also see some of the artifacts from the temple in the subterranean temple museum.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Prefectural Uji Park, Uji Togawa, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

Stroll along this pleasant island in the middle of the river, and discover about the ancient tradition of cormorant fishing with birds.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Koshoji Temple, 27-1 Uji Yamada, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

End your tea journey at the oldest Soto Zen temple in Kyoto. Zen Buddhism originally came in from China and helped pioneer the tea ceremony in Japan.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Uji River, Uji 611-0021 Kyoto Prefecture

Envelope yourself in Uji's rich natural beauty. Although shallow now, this river was the lifeblood for trade with the capitals of Kyoto and Nara, and tea, sake, and more from all over the country and the rest of Asia.
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Departure Point
Uji Station, Otsukata Uji, Kyoto 611-0021, Japan
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Admission to Byodoin Temple and Museum
  • Gyokuro tea house experience with Japanese sweet
  • Kanbayashi Tea Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Tsuen Teahouse and Shop
  • Entry/Admission - Takumi-no Yakata
  • Entry/Admission - Ujigami Shrine
  • Entry/Admission - Byodoin Omotesando
  • Entry/Admission - Byodoin Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Prefectural Uji Park
  • Entry/Admission - Koshoji Temple
  • Food and drink outside of the tea experience
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • The itinerary as is includes many stairs. If this poses a problem, let us know, and we'll make suitable modifications.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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By: Pinpoint Traveler
209 reviews
Certificate of Excellence
Authentic Osaka food experience
We had an awesome time with our guide Kevin exploring places around Osaka thst we'd never usually get the chance
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Hong Kong, China
Excellent intro into Osakan culture
If you are looking to deepen your understanding of the local culture and not just hovering from one shopping
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Great experience
Our whole tour was amazing! Our guide, Levy, was very informative, funny and friendly. He took us to all the
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Great walking tour of Gion area of Kyoto
We had a great time with Mardi during our short stay in Kyoto as we explored the streets of Gion and learned about
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Kapaa, Hawaii
Deep Osaka Review
We had a great time with Levi who was informative, energetic and fun. We went to three different bars and had
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Highly Recommended!
Our guide,Levy, is knowledgeable and experienced. I especially enjoyed the supermarket part. Our group is small
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Night life, food and culture
We had an awesome time. Trevor our guide was amazing, polite, talkative and very knowledgeable. The places he took
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Worthwhile Experience!
Despite what you may read in the negative reviews (although limited) below, this is a great introductory tour to
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Bunny S
Concord, Massachusetts
Very accommodating!!!
Mardi was wonderful! It was just the four of us, a private tour! We were very jet lagged but Mardi really adjusted
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One day Mount Rokko tour
Very good experience walking in the Arima ropeway with a experienced tour guy call Levy. Very nice and friendly
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Amy L
Alexandria, Virginia
a chance to try new things!
Five starts for Trevor, who was a great host and thanks to him I was able to try a several restaurants that didn't
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Private Tour from Osaka to Kyoto
Dan was great. Knowledgeable, friendly and funny. The vehicle was not very clean though, not up to Japanese
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Great way to see and taste authentic Osaka street life
This was my first trip to Japan and besides temples and shrines I wanted to see how the “real” people lived and I
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Colchester, United Kingdom
Less out of the ordinary food than expected
Martin was a decent guide and we learned a few interesting facts about Gion, which we had it heard before. There
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Chatan-cho, Japan
Interesting and accommodating food experience.
We visited 3 local eateries along with a few cultural spots. Interesting and relaxed trip with lots of food!
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