Hidden Gem Green Tea Farm in Shizuoka located in between Tokyo and Kyoto.
Little bamboo forest near a green tea farm hidden in the mountains in Shizuoka
Hidden Gem Tea Farm Tour in Shizuoka located in between Tokyo and Kyoto. Beautiful tea plantations. A day trip from Tokyo.

Hidden Gem Saranti Tea Farm Tour – Private Tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 49 reviews)

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Shizuoka City, Shizuoka


Tour Overview:

Visit us to experience the beautiful, breathtaking, and unforgettable private tea farms in the mountain and a local tea processing factory in Shizuoka Prefecture!

We offer an exclusive guided tea farm tour and experience at the beautiful tea farms hidden in the high mountains of Shizuoka; where we will walk along the tea bushes with a scenic view, indulge in tea tasting with an unforgettable mountain view, explore the history of this region, visit the tea processing factory, meet the tea farmers, all while obtaining all the tea knowledge you can get!

Shizuoka Station is only 60 minutes from Tokyo Station and 90 minutes from Kyoto Station by Shinkansen bullet train. With such easy access, you can make a day trip from Tokyo or stop off on your way from Tokyo to Kyoto! For meeting point and time, please check the Additional Information section below.


What to Expect from this experience:

  • Tea tasting of different types of Japanese tea
  • Japanese tea education with Q&A
  • Walking around the tea farm
  • Meeting and talking with tea farmers and factory staff members if they are available
  • Tea leaf picking
  • Visit to the tea processing factory
  • Seasonal Japanese confectionery

¥9,800 / person

This private group tour also offers a group tour option that welcomes solo participants. If you are a solo participant, or your preferred date is unavailable on the calendar above, please check out EVENTS. Our group tours could be a great opportunity to meet fellow tea lovers.

Additional Information:

  • This tour accommodates private groups of 2-4 people.
  • This tour is for guests who are 12 years of age or older. Please ask if you have a child under 12.
  • Due to the seasonal nature of tea farming, the factory is not always operational, but we can still visit there.
  • Please message us to check availability for dates not on the calendar.
  • To avoid missing our emails, please put hello@teacuptrip.com in your contacts. This will stop our emails from being sent to spam. If our emails are not in your inbox, please look in your spam folder and mark them as not spam.

Meeting Point and Time: Please meet Akito at a convenience store named Family Mart near Saranti 15 minutes before the tour starts.

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Transportation: It takes about 30 minutes by bus (¥380) or about 20 minutes by taxi (approx. ¥3,000) from JR Shizuoka Station. The bus stop is just 1 minute away from the store.

Pick-up: If you would like, we offer a complimentary pick-up service at JR Shizuoka Station. The pick-up time is 30 minutes before the tour starts.

Drop-off: We will drop you off at the Family Mart and will gladly help you take a bus or arrange a taxi. Please feel free to ask.

We will email you detailed information once your booking is confirmed. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help.

Our Hidden Gem Tea Farm and Stylish Tea Cafe Tour with Matcha Gelato – Private Tour offers a complimentary pick-up and drop-off to and from JR Shizuoka station. Please consider the option too.

  • Please message us to reschedule or cancel this tour 7 days before the tour date for a full refund.

  • No refund will be issued if the cancellation or rescheduling request is submitted after 7 days from the tour date.

  • Guests will also receive a full refund or be offered a different date in case of operator cancellation due to natural disasters or other unforeseen circumstances.

  • This tour will go on rain or shine. However, if typhoons or other natural disasters that could affect tour operations are expected in advance, we will email you a cancellation notice by noon the day before your tour.

What an experience. What an experience! The tea bushes are nestled on a beautiful mountain side in Shizuoka. It was breath taking looking up — and breath taking looking down! Akito is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and did a fantastic job explaining tea culture. From the farmers to processing, from the culture around tea and its slow disappearance, the entire presentation was compelling. 

Cotton from the US

Great Tour to increase your Knowledge about Japanese Tea

Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 9, 2024

We had a really great time on our Tour. Akito was a super nice and pleasant guy with a ton of knowledge about Japanese Tea and everything around it. As it is a private tour you have all the time to get your question answered. Also the tea tasting and the different brewing procedures that are necessary were very interesting and tasteful.

We will never forget our time with Akito and Kyoko who gave us a such a warm welcome and informative experience!


Recommendation !

Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 7, 2024

We had a wonderful day with Akito, who is truly passionate about Tea. Its a great tour for beginners and advanced tea drinkers alike.

Thank you again for your hospitality and sharing your knowledge!

Rosi & Tilman


Excellent tour of the tea growing and tea making processes.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 5, 2024

Akito-San was an amazing tour guide, and our family learned a lot throughout the Tea Farm Tour. Akito-San is truly an expert at his craft, and we thoroughly enjoyed the very personalized tour. Best tour we have experienced! If you are in the Shizuoka area, we would definitely recommend this tour.

Scott and Shari Fujita

Amazing experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 21, 2024

Akito possesses a great deal of kindness and is particularly passionate about his work. His passion is conveyed with joy. I can only advise on this activity.


Very good tea tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 18, 2024

Très satisfait de notre journée avec Akito. Il m’a aidé à mieux comprendre le thé japonais, le processus de culture. Très bonne dégustation et échange autour du thé. Le cadre est très joli. Merci Akito pour tous. Cela restera une belle rencontre et une belle journée

Very satisfied with our day with Akito. He helped me better understand Japanese tea, the growing process. Very good tasting and exchange around tea. The setting is very pretty. Thank you Akito for everyone. It will remain a great meeting and a great day

Sylvette et Thierry

Wonderful tea field tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 12, 2024

We had a wonderful tea field tour with Akito. We didn’t realize it up until the minute we met him that this is going to be a special day, a private tour of a beautiful mountain side, overlooking the city Shizuoka and even have a glimpse at the sea. We learned a lot about Shizuoka, the production and preparation of green tea. Akito speaks English very well, so it was also possible to have a little chit chat and get to know each other. It was truly a special day and if we are once again in Japan we would definitely do it again, maybe this time the longer tour. If you’re into japanese green tea this is a must do on your trip.


Highly recommended

Rated 5.0 out of 5
February 14, 2024

If you are a fan of the tea world, I highly recommend this tour. We enjoyed a beautiful sunny day and had tea in the mountains. Thank you so much


One of the BEST activities we did in Japan!!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
January 5, 2024

Do not miss on this very special tea cup tour in Shizuoka! Akito is the most kind and knowledgeable host. He picked us from the Shizuoka station up to the mountains where he gave us the most amazing tour, starting by going up all the way up to the top to enjoy a wonderfull view of the valley and the tea fields. From then, we went visiting the fields while he explained everything about tea farming, and Akito was kind enough to answer every last one of our numerous questions. We then had a lovely tasting session by the tea bushes, were Akito shared even more of his knowledge about the right way to brew top quality green tea leaves. We ended with a tour of the factory and some more tasting, truly a wonderful and very unique experience to have for tea lovers! And a big thank you to Akito for having us and making this trip to Japan even more memorable!

Audrey #1

Akito is an incredible and welcoming guide! His explanations are really detailed, clear and interesting. I learned a lot even when I was thinking to be quite knowledgeable on tea. You can feel how much he loves to share his knowledge and to show the tea farm be it the exteriors or the manufacture. The tea tasting was so delicious, I particularly loved to discover the hojicha and the tea leaves with ponzu. I will forever remember the views of the tea fields (so, so green under a clear blue sky) and around the tea farm (forest and valley especially) as all of them are gorgeous and give a Ghibli feeling! And all of that is without mentioning all the small attentions from Akito like the little snack, a small flag of our country, decorations on the table to go with the tasting, showing of a small house in a bamboo forest with a river… This will be one of my best memories from Japan! Thanks a lot again Akito for this tea trip and your kindness!

Audrey #2

Audrey Audrey

Great experience. Great tea. Great guide. Beautiful views.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
December 7, 2023

Akito was a fantastic guide who spoke excellent English and went out of his way to make all the directions and steps to get to this tour location clear and easy to follow. Once with Akito, you immediately recognize his kindness and pleasing calm demeanor. The tea farm in Shizuoka is in the rolling mountains, is beautiful, and the views of the valley and city beyond are all gorgeous. I thought I knew a lot about tea, but Akito was able to teach me far more than I expected. The tea tasting we did was delightful and I was surprised when he told me we were going to eat the tea after we drank it. He prepared a tasty little snack from the tea that was excellent and a surprise part of the trip. Learning about the manufacturing and trying tea made from different parts of the plant were a surprise delight for me. For any lovers of green tea, or even just beautiful country side experiences, I highly recommend this tour.

Khris L.

Hidden gem in Shizuoka, your tea experience in Japan starts here!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
December 3, 2023

This private tour gives you an insight how tea is made from an tea family! From tea farm to tea cafe, from learning on the spot on different types of tea to experiencing how you can brew tea! Akito is a passionate tea instructor showing you the insights on the world behind Japanese tea, a hidden gem in Shizuoka that will help understand tea drinking and ceremonies while you travel through the rest of the country, in short your tea experience in Japan starts here :).

Ka Kin

A wonderful afternoon in the tea fields of Shizuoka

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 24, 2023

I enjoyed a wonderful tour with Akito and learned a lot about the tea cultivation and the region of Shizuoka in general.

In fact this was one of my highlights of my trip to Japan.

Being a tea lover myself it was really nice to be guided by such an expert.

I can highly recommend this tour to anyone.

Thank you, Akito-san for your hospitality and the truly unique experience!


Amazing tour of a working tea farm!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 22, 2023

I went with three friends on the tea farm tour in Shizuoka and it was the highlight of our trip! The tea fields were beautiful and it was so easy to get to Shizuoka from Tokyo. I learned so much about tea and it was so nice to be in the countryside after being in the city a few days.

We saw the farmers harvesting the tea and got to try the tea right next to the field. A magical experience and Akito was so knowledgeable and speaks perfect English.

We also got to visit the factory to see how the tea is produced and got to see how hojicha is made. I thought I knew a lot about tea but I learned so much on this trip. Definitely worth going!


A magical escape from the city

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 20, 2023

Visiting the beautiful tea farms in the Shizuoka mountains with Akito was one of the best highlights of my trip to Japan.

Aside from the wonderful surrounds Akito was a fantastic host, so friendly and helpful right from the moment we were picked up at the train station.

We learned lots about tea and the way of life of the tea farmers and factory, especially enjoying the tasting portions and the tea salad! Kudos too for the touch of adding little Australian flags for us Aussies at the factory.

An absolute gem of an experience we would recommend to anyone who wants to see more of Japan outside of its main cities. Thank you!

Bull Delamotte

Unforgettable experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 18, 2023

We made in a stop in Shizuoka just so we could go on this tea farm tour and tasting, and it was very worth it. Akito was a personable, and knowledgeable host that made the tour feel really special. Highly recommend!


Perfect tour for anyone interested in tea

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 12, 2023

We recently went on a tea tour, and it was an exceptional experience. Akito, our guide, was incredibly informative, providing deep insights into Japanese tea—from picking leaves to the final cup. The private tour allowed for a personalized learning experience, and Akito patiently answered all our questions. The opportunity to pick fresh tea leaves, visit a tea factory, and taste green tea made the tour not only educational but also delightful. We highly recommend this tour for a truly special and immersive tea journey. Thank you and you never know, we are pretty sure we will be back for some more!

Kate Diego

Such a wonderful experience.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 10, 2023

We highly recommend this tour which includes a visit of the tea fields and of the factory + some tea tasting. Beautiful view on the tea plantation, passionnate guide who is happy to answer the questions and to share his knowledge. Very nice and welcoming people. We loved it !

Emmanuelle Champaney

Best tea tour ever!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 1, 2023

We just had an amazing day with Akito!

The tea farms views where Akito took us were breathtaking, and even if the tea factory wasn’t working that day, Akito showed us around and had some videos of the whole process.

Every step of the tour was punctuated by small details and little attentions, and Akito answered gladly to all our questions about tea and Japan overall.

We definitely recommend this tour to every tea-lover (and ever more to non-tea lover, because Akito will make you change your mind!)

Chris and Ludo

Pleasant experience and engaging conversation

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 22, 2023

Akito-san was a very engaging and a well spoken host. He was very knowledgeable about tea and had a lot of insight about the farm and the tea processing. We walked away learning a lot about Japanese tea. The farm is beautiful and we had a private tour and tea tasting.


One of the highlights of my Japan trip! Fantastic views and highly informative!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 21, 2023

For the first part of the tour, we drove up to the tea fields themselves. Such beautiful views of the tea fields and the area. It would have been worth the trip alone. It was also very nice to walk among the tea bushes and see them up close, and also to see the machines that are used for harvesting.

I also enjoyed the last part of the tour at the tea factory where we tasted different types of Japanese teas, learned how they differ and how to bring out the best of each one. I also got a tour of the factory itself where Akito went through the different steps that the tea leaves go through before the final product and the machines used at each step.

Akito was very welcoming and we had nice conversations about tea and Japan in general, and he was happy to answer any questions I had. He is very knowledgeable about tea and I learned a ton.

The tea tour was definitely one of the highlights of my trip! Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn more about tea, both beginners and others.

Stig-Erland Hansen

I’d recommend this to anyone!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 14, 2023

Akito’s tea farm tour is such a great experience. Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned tea enthusiast or someone brand new to the tea world, there’s a lot to see, learn, and of course taste. The views from the mountain make this tour worth it all by them selves, but coupled with Akito’s commentary and conversation make this experience truly special. I can’t recommend it enough. Thanks so much!


Wonderful trip with delicious tea

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 6, 2023

We had a wonderfull afternoon with Akito at the tea farm and factory. He speaks really good English, so we could ask him everything we wanted to know about Japanese tea. We tasted various lively teas and got explanations about how to make them our selves!


Great way to learn about tea farming in Japan!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 2, 2023

This was an awesome experience and a must for all tea lovers! We toured the beautiful, lush tea fields and explored the processing of freshly picked tea leaves. Mr Akito took excellent care of us and gave us a wonderful overview of tea farming, including a tea tasting and many useful tips for preparing tea at home. Also, he kindly picked us up from the station, so there was no hassle trying to find the right bus. Definitely recommended!!!

Katrin and Agnes

Amazing Tour!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 24, 2023

This tour was fantastic! Akito is so knowledgeable and has a real passion for tea. He was very friendly and the tour ran very smoothly. This was the highlight of our Japan trip. Highly recommended!!!

Dylan Katie

Fantastic tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 22, 2023

We had an amazing day with beautiful scenery and delicious tea. Akito and Kyoko were great hosts, that made us feel welcome and taught us a lot about the world of tea. Highly recommend!


The most authentic tea experience you can book

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 18, 2023

If you want to learn about Japanese tea this is the best tour you can possibly book! We were picked up at the train station directly and drove around 30 mins to a private tea farm. Akito shared his full knowledge about tea with us. We were able to ask all our questions and got learn everything about the growing, harvesting and production of green tea. We were able to try the tea directly from this farm and later went to the fabric to see how the leaves are being processed. Besides learning a lot and getting to see something you otherwise wouldn’t be able to, Akito is also the nicest host you can imagine.

We will definitely recommend this to any friends and family of ours coming to Japan!

Giulia Steinbrenner

Great experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 14, 2023

It was such a delight to escape the busy cities and take the tour. The views were breath-taking and we were grateful to be guided to places we could not otherwise visit on our own. Akito is so friendly and knowledgable about the tea, always happy to answer any curious question. In such a short time, you realize how much work is behind the delicious cup of tea we can enjoy and we even learned a few new ways of enjoying the Japanese tea. We would recommend the tour to both the experienced tea lovers and those who are just about to discover it. It made us more confident when visiting a few tea houses later during our travel in Japan.

Misa Stepan

Awesome time with a kind guide, fantastic tea and very good information

Rated 5.0 out of 5
September 4, 2023

On our two week trip through Japan we used Akito’s ‘teacuptrip’ to learn about tea. On top of that we met a kind local and had a fantastic time. Can highly recommend his tour to a tea farm, tea tasting and tea company.


Response from Tea Cup Trip

I’m so happy to know that you had a fantastic time. I had an amazing time with you, having tea, walking around the farm, and hearing your journey in Japan. I showed Kyoko your review and she was so glad. Feel free to ask if you have any questions about tea and I hope we’ll meet again! – Akito

Interesting tea tour and beautiful views in Shizuoka

Rated 5.0 out of 5
July 8, 2023

We joined the 2.5 hours tour, and we really enjoyed it. The tour started with the incredible views of the tea fields at the top of the mountains in Shizuoka, to continue at the tea factory with a very informative explanation about all the process from taking care of the tea plants to how to brew a delicious cup of tea.

Time flew talking with the friendly Akito san, who is very knowledgeable and passionate about tea!

We recommend 100% this tour and we hope to do it again around May next year to be able to pick up tea leaves and to be able to see the factory running ( tea harvesting has its own timing and we joined the tour too late, in Summer).

Toni Ainhoa

Response from Tea Cup Trip

Thank you for joining our Hidden Gem Saranti Tea Farm Tour! I’m thrilled to know that you enjoyed the experience, and having tea with deep tea lovers was truly wonderful! We are looking forward to welcoming you again next year! Until then, enjoy your tea and feel free to ask me if you have any questions! – Akito

A one of a kind experience! Would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
June 13, 2023

My boyfriend and I flew in from Hawaii and happened to stumble across this farm on Google, and we’re so glad we did! We selected the option to get picked up at Shizuoka Station, and the instructions of how to get to the meeting spot was so easy to follow. Akito was already there waiting for us by the time we got there (10 minutes prior to our set pick-up time).

It was a 20-25 minute drive up to the mountain and Akito gave us a little drive by tour of the town, we learned so much! When we got to top of the farm, the view was so worth it! It’s a kind of view that you need to see it in person. Akito set up a little spot to hang out and drink different types of tea, it was so thoughtful and cute! Next, we headed over to the factory which it was good timing because the factory was processing some tea! It was so amazing to see and the whole factory smelled wonderful! We got a chance to buy some of the factory’s tea and I love that we were able to see how the tea was made, it makes it much more meaningful when we drink it.

Akito dropped us off at the bottom of the mountain to the bus station, and I swear the timing was planned flawlessly. We literally got dropped off, walked across the street and our bus that we were supposed to take was there. Everything was planned out so well! All of my expectations have been surpassed. I will recommend this tour to anyone that is going to Japan! It’s a one of a kind experience and unique.

Katie Uekawa

Response from Tea Cup Trip

Thank you for joining our Hidden Gem Saranti Tea Farm Tour! I appreciate for your detailed review and am happy to hear you two had a wonderful time and all of your expectations were surpassed during the tour. I hope every sip of tea brings back fond memories of your experience with us. I look forward to having tea together again! – Akito

Great teas, even better experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5
May 24, 2023

Our tea trip was a highlight of our travels in Japan. Akito was our friendly & knowledgeable host, he walked us through a well-built story: from seeing the beautiful views of the farm, to tasting the teas in this scenery, and visiting the processing factory. He kept us engaged the whole time, and taught us a lot about the historical, cultural, technical aspects of tea production. You could tell he was very invested in giving a great experience. We were even welcomed with Hungarian flags in the factory. Thanks for the trip, we can wholeheartedly recommend it.

Marton S.

Response from Tea Cup Trip

Thank you for joining our Hidden Gem Saranti Tea Farm Tour! I’m so happy that it was a highlight of your Japan travels. It was a pleasure being your host. Enjoy your rest of your trip and I’m excited to see the drone video you have shot on the farm. I hope to welcome you back in the future. – Akito


Rated 5.0 out of 5
May 17, 2023

We had an amazing private tea tour with Akito! He drove us to the top of a very picturesque mountaintop tea farm whilst discussing all things #japanesetea. So beautiful! Elderly but hardcore tea farmers (during tea harvests they can work up to 20 hours a day for two to three weeks straight) even put in a working guest appearance and laughed so much at my desire to return some day for totally clueless but muscled help getting in the tea: what fun!

My wife and I consider ourselves tea-nerds, but our tea acumen mostly encompasses Taiwanese, Anxi and Dan Cong oolongs, dragonwell and puehr. We learned so much about Japanese tea- but not too much… Akito is clearly passionate about tea and deftly balances both education and enjoyment, with a side of tea conservation.

We had a really great day and would do it again (and again).

Thank you, Akito,

Jay and Janelle

Jay Wence and Janelle Bartow

Response from Tea Cup Trip

Thank you so much for your visit! I’m thrilled that you had a wonderful time on the tea tour. I’m glad that we had great discussions about Japanese tea and its shrinking tea industry. The farmers were happy for your offer helping them next time. Arigato tea nerds! – Akito

Amazing and enlightening tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
May 9, 2023

Amazing and enlightening tour; we had a super cool experience with Akito. He is a serious tea lover and has great knowledge about the tea world. We chose this trip because we wanted to understand how the tea world works all the way from farm to table as well as tasting. We have no regrets! Our journey started with a short drive from Shizuoka to the tea fields, with astonishing views of the valley and fields along the way. Akito is very knowledgeable and carefully explained all the process. From how the farmers work, to how the tea is picked and its different harvest seasons. After walking around, Akito set up a picnic in the middle of the fields for tea tasting; he explained different brewing methods, how the taste changes in accordance and how to give the tea a twist, like home roasting. After that nice break, we headed to the tea factory, where we learned about the manufacturing process. We saw first hand how the leaves are steamed, dried and rolled for packing.

Akito is a super host, giving us lengthy and informed explanations, answering all of our questions. He is a true tea lover!

JS Heras

Response from Tea Cup Trip

Thank you for visiting and for your recommendation! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the activities and found the experience to be unique. It means a lot to me that you felt welcomed by everyone. We all had a fantastic time with both of you! I hope you enjoy exploring Japanese tea and feel free to contact if you have any questions! – Akito

A very special day that we will always remember

Rated 5.0 out of 5
May 9, 2023

We enjoyed a lot our tour : it was more than we expected ! The fields were astonishing of beauty, the tea testing and all the explanations on something we thought we already knew were greatly appreciated. The kindness and attention of our guide made this a very special day (april 2023) that we will always remember.

Pierre Aubouin and Delphine Queme

Response from Tea Cup Trip

Thank you for choosing us as a destination for your honeymoon and for taking the time to leave this lovely review about your tour with us. I am delighted to hear that you had a great time (we also did!) and that the tour exceeded your expectations. Congratulations on your marriage, and I hope you have a long and happy life together! Arigato☺️ – Akito

Akito's deep enthusiasm for tea, extensive knowledge of its production and personal connection to those who make it make this a very special experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5
May 8, 2023

We set out to Shizuoka prefecture to learn more about tea, specifically about the work that goes into producing it and the people who make it, and this tour delivers on that! Akito took us to the Shizuhata tea farm and Saranti factory and walked us through the whole process of production, from the plant to the teacup. He clearly has a deep passion for tea, and was able to answer all of our questions without hesitation, whether about the risks to the plants from weather and climate, the different tea “terroirs”, the economic difficulties for farmers selling tea, or even about the international market! And of course, his explanations of the differents steps in the factory process, that emulate the steps of traditional hand-rolling techniques were very clear.

The experience of drinking tea right there in the tea fields was particularly special, experiencing different ways of drinking sencha (cold-brew, multiple infusions of a warm brew and genmaicha), with explanations of the science behind the brewing of tea, and how different method change its flavour profile. But most important for us was the personal relationship Akito had with all the people at Shizuhata, who he is clearly close to. This is not the kind of tour where you ever feel like you are intruding, or stepping on anyone’s toes as they are going through their day. Everyone at Shizuhata was comfortable with Akito’s presence and were incredibly welcoming to us! We really enjoyed talking to all of them, especially the immensely personable Kyoko-san.

All in all, a unique experience I would strongly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about tea, enjoying wonderful landscapes and meeting some lovely people!

Leonie and Siddharth

Response from Tea Cup Trip

Thank you so much for joining our Saranti Tea Farm Tour! Your visit and warm message encourage farmers as well✨ I’m glad that the slides helped you and you enjoyed the tea museum! Thank you again and have a wonderful rest of your week! – Akito

What a wonderful tour!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 23, 2023

What a wonderful tour! Our green tea experience was exceptional and worth every penny. Akito is so passionate and knowledgeable about green tea, extremely well organized and made the tour unforgettable. From the pick up at the station to exploring the plantations, drinking tea together, visiting the local factory and talking about the history and science behind green tea, we got what we were looking for and more. Akito is also full of energy, humour and candor, and you’ll love spending time with him. If you want to explore a deeply authentic place at the heart of Japanese green tea and its farming community, look no further! Shoutout to the green tea factory staff as well who welcomed us so warmly and showed us around.

Cat Alex

Response from Tea Cup Trip

Thank you so much for visiting the farm! I’m happy you enjoyed staying on the farm and our tea time. I had a wonderful time with you two! Kyoto also enjoyed talking with you and wanted to join the rest of your trip:) Enjoy the Sencha and have a relaxing time. Make sure to lower the water temperature. Feel free to ask if you have any questions! – Akito

A genuine personal tour away from tourist trappings

Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 23, 2023

I fully recommend this tour to anybody with an interest in tea, and who would prefer a genuine personal tour away from tourist trappings. Akito is the perfect guide on a trip that takes you into the mountains with breath-taking scenery to see the tea plantations and factory. His friendliness, knowledge and excellent English combine for a thoroughly enjoyable day to see and learn about this key tea growing area. Akito was also super-helpful with travel directions to and from the visit, which is easily accessible from Tokyo.


Response from Tea Cup Trip

Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m thrilled to hear that you had such a great time on the tour. I had a wonderful time with you, too! It was a pleasure to show you the beauty of Japanese tea and I could assist you with the travel directions. I enjoyed seeing the crane origami that Kyoko gave you were traveling with you. It was so sweet of you☺️

We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit to Japan! – Akito

You would not regret at all

Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 19, 2023

It’s my great experience to take Akito’s tour. He’s so knowledgeable and kind. We really enjoy the tour. Recommend everyone who has a passion in tea to take Akito’s tour. You would not regret at all. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻


Response from Tea Cup Trip

Thank you so much for joining our Hidden Gem Saranti Tea Farm Tour! It was my pleasure to have our first guests from Thailand! Feel free to ask if you have any questions about Japanese tea! – Akito

An amazing tour

Rated 5.0 out of 5
April 11, 2023

Wow, just finished my tour with Akito and it was awesome. He is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, I have never had such an amazing tour before.

We got to visit the tea farm and the factory. Learned a lot in a very short amount of time. Thankful that he let me join!


Response from Tea Cup Trip

Thank you for visiting Saranti Tea Farm and Factory and leaving such a warm message. It was amazing that we had an outdoor tea time in Tokyo last time and again in Shizuoka. I look forward to seeing you again soon. Enjoy the rest of your trip! – Akito

Much recommended if you come along Shizuoka

Rated 5.0 out of 5
March 21, 2023

It was really great to spend time and meet Akito. He is very kind and has a great knowledge of tea manufacturing. He takes the time to explain everything. We had a wonduerful time. Also the tea was excellent !! Much recommended if you come along Shizuoka.


Response from Tea Cup Trip

I hope you enjoyed your Japan trip and returned to Belgium safely. Thank you again for visiting Saranti Tea Farm and Factory. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour and the tea! Please feel free to message if you have any questions on tea. Have a relaxing tea time! – Akito

"An old friend telling you all about his expertise" like vibe, rather than a tour guide just showing you around 🙂

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 30, 2019

Today we had a tea tour in Shizuoka with Akito @eswakito. It was a relaxing experience and I had an awesome time whilst learning a lot of new things. Akito is a really friendly person and the whole tour gives off more of “an old friend telling you all about his expertise” like vibe, rather than a tour guide just showing you around 🙂

Be sure to take a day and visit Shizuoka and Akitos tea tour.


A wedding present for my sister and husband-in-law

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 27, 2019

I bought this experience as a wedding present for my sister and husband-in-law. They had the most wonderful time and the location and views looked stunning. Akito is an incredible host and so kind and welcoming. He even gave them a wedding gift! Akito was also really flexible in letting us select a date after the booking. I can’t recommend this experience enough 🙂


One of the best experiences

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 27, 2019

This tea farm experience was one of the best experiences my friends and I had while traveling throughout Japan. Akito was knowledgeable, accommodating, and personable. The location of the farm and views overlooking the tea farm & city were magical and would not have been possible without Akito’s wonderful experience! He taught us so much about green tea and had us craving more tea when we got home. Highly recommend to anyone interested in tea, a serene and calm getaway from the bustling city, great views, or a unique IG moment.


A truly memorable experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 17, 2019

A truly memorable experience that I would recommend to all! Akito gave us much insight on the entire tea process from the growing, to the harvesting and processing, to the brewing, and even a glimpse into the modern take and future evolution of what tea consumption might be. He walked us through the background stories at the different points and also explained the science behind why things are done in various ways.


Worth its weight in gold

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 15, 2019

Today was the experience of a lifetime for my partner and I! If you are visiting Japan or the Tokyo area, I strongly recommend making the trip out to Shizuoka for this experience with Akito – it is worth its weight in gold. Upon meeting us, Akito was very hospitable and truly made us feel welcome and at home for the entire duration of our trip. He is wonderfully conversational and was sensitive to ensuring any/all of our needs were met. The drive itself to the farm was beautiful and Akito offered many opportunities for us to take photos (and also offered to take some photos of my partner and me together!). We were privileged in getting to taste high quality, fresh tea straight from the farm while admiring the scenery. The most special part of this experience was the fact that the three of us were the only ones on the farm – I can’t think of any other experiences where you have exclusive access and one-on-one time to truly develop a personal relationship with your guide. Akito is very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions happily and with ease. We learned an incredible amount from him not just about tea, but about Japanese culture in general. Lastly, Akito also went through the trouble of recommending to us some other places we should visit while in the area, and also other areas of Japan. He is a wonderfully friendly individual – we will miss him dearly!


Incredibly unique and once in a lifetime experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 11, 2019

We had an amazing tour with Akito. This is an incredibly unique and once in a lifetime experience to visit the tea farms of Shizuoka, taste more variations of matcha then you knew possible, see some truly incredible sites and meet wonderful people. Akito was an amazing host who knew so much and made us feel so welcome. I would strongly recommend this tour when you visit Shizuoka – it’s a fantastic experience.


My FAVORITE experience!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 10, 2019

I had the most wonderful tea tour with Akito! My two friends and I got to learn all about the tea farms in Shizuoka. We toured a beautiful farm in the area, the views were absolutely breathtaking. We also got to interact with some of the local farmers. Akito then gave us a tasting of various teas that were delicious while explaining the different histories and techniques for making tea. Akito was extremely knowledgeable on the tea industry and he was such a polite and pleasant host! Out of everything I did during my two weeks in Japan, this tea tour was easily my FAVORITE experience!


Truly magical

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 7, 2019

Highly recommend this experience. It was truly magical. Already planning future trips to visit Akito and the tea farm with additional guests this Spring!


Once in a lifetime experience

Rated 5.0 out of 5
November 4, 2019

What an amazing once in a lifetime experience this was. Thanks all to Akito!!! He’s the most graciously generous host who allowed me to experience something I couldn’t possibly have done without him. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves tea or simply wants to experience something special while in Japan. Arigato Gozaimasu Akito 😊😎🇯🇵 🍵🍃


What an experience. What an experience!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
October 8, 2019

What an experience. What an experience! The tea bushes are nestled on a beautiful mountain side in Shizuoka. It was breath taking looking up — and breath taking looking down! Akito is incredibly friendly and knowledgeable and did a fantastic job explaining tea culture. From the farmers to processing, from the culture around tea and its slow disappearance, the entire presentation was compelling. We ended drinking green tea and getting a lesson about harvesting, brewing, etc. It was amazing. I don’t want to go too in depth because really, even if you’re not a super tea drinker, this is still an a worthwhile experience. It feels really special and unique, but also educational. You get to see the beauty of Shizuoka, Japan, and the work that goes into bringing tea to the table.