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Visit Nara—the birthplace of Japanese green tea—and make your very own one-of-a-kind tea.It is said that around 1200 years ago Kukai brought tea plant seeds back from China along with the knowledge of how to produce green tea, and this was the beginning of Nara’s Yamato green tea.
Grown in the lush mountainous regions of Nara, Yamato green tea is prized for its refreshing taste and an aroma that fills the air the instant the leaves are steeped. Travel to a tea plantation in the mountains, pick these celebrated tea leaves with your own two hands, and then tumble, mash, and roll the leaves on an iron plate to create your very own one-of-a-kind green tea. You can even try tasting leaves picked straight off the plants.
After you finish making your tea, indulge in a special tempura tea lunch prepared by the owner of a Michelin two-star restaurant using local vegetables and the tea you picked. You can also participate in a special tea ceremony inside of a timber-framed tea house under clear blue skies.
Japan’s satoyama are unique areas where people and nature commingle and coexist in harmony.
Spend a leisurely day thoroughly enjoying green tea while surrounded by Nara’s remaining satoyama landscapes.