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Uji is a south part of Kyoto, about half an hour away from the city centre. It has been one of the most historically rich areas in Kyoto, showing the unique attractions of ancient Japan.
Uji has been the popular destinations among the Japanese matcha lovers to try the fresh Uji Matcha, that is one of the three well-known Japanese tea brands, and learn how it is produced in this place.
On this walking tour, you will not only have fresh Uji matcha, but also make your own tea.
On the tour, a local guide will navigate you to all the must places in Uji and give you the insights about the history of Uji, Uji Matcha and Japanese religion while visiting two different World Heritage Sites; Byodo-in Temple and Ujigami Shrine.
At first, you will get insights into the historical background of this ancient town. On the way to Ujigami Shrine, we will stop our steps on Uji Bridge and learn about the meaning of the temple and the shrine both locating along the river.
After learning its rich history at Ujigami Shrine, we will stop by the tea museum to gain the knowledge on the tea production in Uji.
Walking over the bridge, we will visit Byodo-in Temple, one of the iconic destinations in Kyoto and learn why it was built and its relation to Japanese Buddhism.
Leaving Byodo-in Temple, you will make your own Uji Matcha Tea and taste it with a traditional Japanese snack. During the tea ceremony experience, you will also deepen your knowledge on the history of Uji Tea production about how tea would be produced in the past.
We will end our small journey in Uji after having lunch at the local restaurant.
We are sure that you'll get to explore not only all of the must-visit places but also have the educational experience by gaining the knowledge from local guides.
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