There is a town called Wazuka at the end of the pass from the southeast of Uji City.
This is an important tea producing area and accounts for about 40% of Uji tea production.
There are tea fields as far as the eye can see, and it is a beautiful town called Teatopia.
There is no parking lot at the tea fields viewing spot that I am going to introduce now, and the road is steep and narrow, so you cannot go there by car (Only Ishidera can go to the observatory by car.). It’s all on foot.
Characteristic circular tea fields
The first place I recommend to visit is the circular tea field. It can be seen in the Harayama area, located in the middle of Mt. Jubu at an altitude of about 200 meters.
It’s said that Wazuka tea started in this area 800 years ago. It’s said that the topography of the basin gives rise to the temperature difference between day and night, and it’s suitable for producing high quality tea because fog is likely to occur.
If you come by public transportation, take a bus bound for Wazuka-cho Kosugi from JR Kamo Station in Kizugawa City, get off at Harayama, and walk from there.
The beautiful circular pattern wasn’t created by design, but by making good use of the valley’s topography to plant tea.
It’s the art of tea fields!
The center of the circle looks like a perfect circle, but if you look at it from various angles, it looks different.
It must have taken a lot of effort to maintain this steep slope.
Tea fields in Ishidera
This is a tea field which is registered as Kyoto prefecture landscape property.
If you go along the street next to Wazukacha Cafe, you’ll see a sign.
The tea fields in Ishidera is located at a low altitude and is the earliest place for tea picking in Wazuka.
It’s characterized by tea fields that continue towards the sky. All the mountains are tea fields, so it’s very powerful. Wherever you walk, you can see a wonderful view.
Tea fields in Ishidera
Tea fields in Kamatsuka
This tea fields has a long history and can be viewed east of the center of Wazuka-cho. It is said that all the tea fields in Kamatsuka were cultivated and expanded by hand.
It is characterized by the unique scenery where tea fields and private houses are next to each other. In autumn, the view of the ginkgo trees from Shobo-ji Temple is wonderful.
You can also see the scenery where the steep slope behind the village continues to the summit.
The dome-shaped tea field is cute!
Tea fields in Kamatsuka
At the Wazuka-cho Information Center, you can get information about the town and buy souvenirs such as tea. You can enjoy the view of tea fields in Kamazuka from the information center.
Wazuka-cho has beautiful tea fields and is perfect for cycling around.
At Wazukacha Cafe, which is also a source of information for the town, you can rent a bicycle in 1000 yen per day.
There is also an electric bicycle, so it is easy even on a slope in a tea field. Why don’t we run between beautiful tea fields?
You can also apply for the original tea tour here.
Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00
Sky Cafe Wazuka
There’s a tea cafe called Sky Cafe Wazuka. It’s a chartered teahouse with a view of Wazuka-cho.
The usage fee is 500 yen for 1 hour. It’s comfortable and the tea is delicious, so it is worth visiting.
You can borrow the key of Sky Cafe Wazuka at Wazukacha Cafe.
You have to climb the stairs to get to Sky Cafe Wazuka, but the view is spectacular.
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This is a cafe run by tea farmers, who grow, harvest, process and produce tea leaves consistently.
There are dozens of kinds of tea displayed in the cafe, and there are many products that are perfect for gifts.
I recommend the tea ice cream tasting set because you can eat 5 kinds of ice cream at once.
You can fully enjoy the deep taste of tea without being too sweet. Please try to compare the taste and find your favorite tea!
It has not only sweets but also lunch. There are many kinds such as pasta and ramen.
Hours: 11:00 ~ 16:00, Closed: Wednesdays and Thursdays (December to February)
Here are two guest houses. Please use it if you want to take your time and enjoy Wazuka-cho.
Blodge Lodge is a homey guest house that is limited to one or two groups per day, and you can rent the first floor of one house as a minshuku.
The owner is American, so many foreign customers visit there.
From the window of the dining table and the bedroom, you can enjoy the view of tea fields spread all over. Tea is all-you-can-drink, so you can have a luxurious time.
The next Enutoenu is a guest house where you can experience tea.
Please drink the tea carefully brewed by the landlady to relieve the fatigue of your trip.
Guests can experience a tea bath and a tea scrub, and can take in a lot of beauty components.
You can also experience tea picking, tea factory tour and tea making, so please try it (extra charge).
The Wazuka tea fields is located on a rugged mountain, and the contrast between the tea fields and the sky, which extends to the ridge line with the sky, is wonderful.
Also, the characteristics of tea fields are different depending on the area, so you won’t get bored.
Also, tea fields are on private land even though they are designated as landscape. Please observe good manners when you watch.