Hidden Gem Saranti Tea Farm Tour and Stylish Cafe Tour with Matcha Gelato – Private Tour
Approx. 6 hours
Shizuoka City, Shizuoka
This unique tea tour combines our Hidden Gem Saranti Tea Farm Tour with our Tea Cafe Tour. You will relax at the tea farms hidden in the mountains and visit a local factory while enjoying the beautiful nature. Then, you will have more in-depth Japanese tea experiences and discover the latest Japanese tea trends in Downtown Shizuoka Cityーthe perfect blend of urban and slow lifestyle with few tourists. We recommend this tour for tea lovers and those who look to travel like locals.
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!
Hidden Gem Saranti Tea Farm Tour
In the morning, we will take you to 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!
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 if they are available
- Tea leaf picking
- Visit to the tea processing factory
- Seasonal Japanese confectionery
Stylish Cafe Tour with Matcha Gelato
After the tea farm tour, we will take you to Downtown Shizuoka City, where JR Shizuoka Station is located, and will guide you through an unforgettable experience at the tea cafes that showcase both traditional and new & trendy styles of brewing and tasting Japanese tea. You will also have a hands-on tea brewing experience and a chance to taste various types of Japanese tea from all over Japan.
You will have lunch at a local restaurant that we recommend. For dessert, you will have a Japanese tea gelato of your choice!
What to Expect from this experience:
- Visit to 2 of our favorite tea cafes
- Hands-on tea brewing experience
- Tasting of various types of Japanese tea from different regions of Japan
- Learning about the different styles of brewing and serving Japanese tea—traditional and new trends
- Japanese tea gelato of your choice: you can select a flavor from Matcha, Hojicha, and more!
- Lunch at a local, highly recommended restaurant (lunch fee is not included)
- Walking around Downtown Shizuoka City—perfect blend of urban and slow lifestyle with few tourists
¥14,800 / person
- 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.
- The places we visit on the Tea Cafe Tour change depending on the date and the season.
- For lunch, we will suggest some options from our favorite local restaurants for you with the price range included.
- After the tea farm and factory visit, we will take guests to JR Shizuoka Station by bus. If you would like, we offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from and to JR Shizuoka Station (approx. 30 minutes to the farm). Please find more information in the Meeting Point and Time tab.
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Meeting Point and Time: Please meet Akito at a convenience store named Family Mart near Saranti 15 minutes before the tour starts.
Meeting Time: Please meet Akito at the Family Mart 15 minutes before the tour starts.
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 and Drop-off: If you would like, we offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from and to JR Shizuoka Station. The pick-up time is 30 minutes before the tour starts.
We will email you detailed information once your booking is confirmed. If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help.
- 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.
I am passionate about tea and especially Japanese tea. Akito did something usually really complicated: he managed to create a connection to the world of Japanese tea farming! He’s a young tea specialist and is really knowledgeable about tea processing, growing and drinking. I had such an amazing time discovering the tea fields, a tea factory and cool tea cafes! I can only recommend this tour to everyone passionate about tea as it will be a fantastic experience. You will learn so many things and also meet the wonderful and friendly Akito. Hope to take this tour again in the future!
AMAZING - Best tea experience in Japan
We had an incredible experience with Akito, there are not enough words to describe how this experience completely surpassed our already high expectations about the Japanese Tea world. Akito’s work inside the tea ecosystem in Shizuoka is completely fascinating, he has been able to build experiences that are truly unique. From beautiful tea farm landscapes to the best tea tasting, you’ll see everything about the tea world in Japan. And of course, the highlight of the tour is Akito himself, what a pleasure to meet him, his passion and ikigai around the tea world is truly admirable. Would take this tour on every trip to Japan, this is a real gem and a must if you visit Japan. Thank you Akito for your kindness and for this unforgettable experience.
Very personal tour through Shizuoka's tea culture
Akito is a wonderful guide and, as a certified tea expert, provides a very personal and in-depth experience into everything tea related that Shizuoka has to offer. From growing tea, to processing tea, to preparing and consuming tea, the extended tour will go into every detail. You will also get a brief tour through Shizuoka, including walking outside the old castle grounds and having a chance at seeing Mt. Fuji from the government building’s top floor during a good day. Akito’s wonderfully warm personality makes this tour especially wonderful and he makes sure to take his time with any question you might have! Since he will personally drive you around and bring you to the tea plantations in the mountains, spaces are extremely limited and the tour feels very exclusive and intimate. Highly recommended and be sure to book early!
Absolutely incredible tour!!
Akito was super knowledgable and answered all of our questions! We learned so much about Japanese tea, how it’s grown, the different factors that affect flavor and preparation. We even learned a bunch of different things you can use used tea leaves for! Thank you so much for the amazing tour!
Our best tea experience in Japan
The tea tour with Akito was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. We booked the full day tour which gave us a great overview of Japanese tea culture from processing and traditional drinking to the modern third wave (think sencha expresso & matcha ice cream). Akito speaks very good English and it was a pleasure to explore Shizuoka and the tea farm right outside the city with him. The itinerary is relaxed, we at no point had the feeling of being rushed. Akito takes time to answer questions and make interesting conversation. He is a certified tea instructor and very knowledgeable on all things tea & Japan. Without hesitation, we also recommended the tour to friends visiting Japan who are also into tea.
We fell in love - with Shizuoka!
This is surely the most thorough tour we’ve ever done! Within 6 hours we learned and experienced so much with all our five senses.
From getting to know the rural side of Japan, over the nice views over Shizuoka, to the tea tastings and the stroll through the town – every moment was fascinating.
It didn’t feel like a set tour at all. Akito has a nice pace of introducing, explaining and showing things and does it in a very personal and individual way. No question was left unanswered and he himself is very eager to learn about other cultures, too.
The people at the places we visited were also very kind and welcoming. They gave us some unforgettable moments and served the most delicious food and tea! If you like fish, Shizuoka has one of the freshest to offer!
Shizuoka is indeed a gem hidden in plain sight on the way from Tokyo to Kyoto.
A slower, more relaxed pace and practically no tourists. Just get off here and give it a try.
If you like tea, you will love this tour❣️
Great experience and insight into Shizuoka and local tea culture
I truly consider this tour to be among my best, if not the best experience I have had during my trip to Japan. Akito was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, showing an obvious passion for tea. He offered rich insights into both the intricate production process and the cultural significance of tea in Shizuoka and throughout Japan.
The tea farm in the mountains is a real hidden gem and during the tour I was able to taste many different varieties of tea at a local tea shop. Additionally we had lunch at a local specializing in fish where I had delicious tuna sashimi and finished the tour with some matcha gelato.
I really can’t recommend this tour enough, every moment was a treasure.
Truly a Hidden Gem
This entire experience fully met and exceeded our expectations! The tea farm up on the mountains was truly a hidden gem that needed to be experienced firsthand as it offered some of the most magnificent views. Being able to see how tea is harvested and where it comes from allowed me to have a greater appreciation for Japanese green tea. Akito is a friendly and charming individual who has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Japanese tea. During the tour, he went through the entire tea-making process and taught us how to properly brew and enjoy Japanese green tea. Not only did we learn about tea, but also learned about the other beauties that Shizuoka has to offer! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wishes to learn more about Japanese tea and is in the Shizuoka area!
Great introduction to the world of tea
Thank you Akito for a great day full of wonders of tea. A wholesome tea experience; we learned a lot of the origins of tea and enjoyed the contemporary tea culture as well. Akito is a knowledgeable and friendly guide, we couldn’t have asked for more.
Perfect Japan experience - lovely guide
This tour was absolutely amazing. We saw the tea fields and learned about the plant and its growing conditions. Akito was so lovely and comprehensively explained everything. He tailored his explanations to our interests, and we could get all the questions answered that arose during the day.
The tour had a good balance between knowledge transfer, tea tasting, and hands-on experience.
Apart from the tour, we wanted to highlight the lunch restaurant we chose, the Sashimi place, where we had one of the best meals in Japan. The chef came to our table and prepared a kind of Sushi roll in front of us. The fresh tuna was incredible and worth every penny.
After all, we gained a lot of insight into tea production and the different ways it can be enjoyed. We also got many fantastic recommendations for the area (onsen, shopping, etc.).
It was an incredible day and probably our favorite experience in Japan. We will never forget this day. Thank you!
Excellent combination of tea related activities. We loved the opportunity to
Visit a tea farm and factory as well as the cafes. We would recommend this trip to anyone who enjoys tea!
Memorable and educational
I highly recommend taking the Tea Cup Trip tour! It was one of the most memorable parts of my first trip to Japan. This tour allows you to learn and see firsthand the production process from the farm to the factory, and taste diverse green teas produced in local regions. This tour also takes you to a landscape in Shizuoka that is beautiful and inspiring to see.
A day in Shizouka
We had such a lovely day in Shizuoka with Akito! Akito was kind to explain us everything abt Japanese teas! He showed us around Shizuoka- his hometown- introduced us to a great soba place and many other things! Thank you so much for all the information and kindness! Hope to see you again when we are in Japan!
Response from Tea Cup Trip
Thank you for choosing to join us! I’m delighted to hear that you not only enjoyed the tea farm but also exploring downtown Shizuoka and having the saba noodles. If you have any questions about tea or Japan, please don’t hesitate to ask. I’m looking forward to having a tea with you two when you come back again!
Akito san is an AMAZING host! Super accommodating, friendly, and easy to talk to. If you’re a tea lover and looking for things to do in Shizuoka, I highly recommend this experience!
Response from Tea Cup Trip
Thank you so much for joining the tour and for your kind words! It was a pleasure to have you on our tour. I’m. As a fellow tea lover, it was wonderful to share my passion for Shizuoka and its tea culture with you. I hope to have tea with you again. Let’s eep in touch! – Akito
What an amazing day
The “Hidden Gem Tea Farm and Stylish Cafe Tour with Matcha Gelato – Private Tour“ was just amazing! We learned a lot about cultivation and processing of tea plants and tasted different facets of Japanese tea. The recommendation for lunch was superb and we are very thankful for this great place. The tea espresso and matcha gelatto were intense tasting experiences we would definitively not have discovered without the tour. In addition, Akito-san is a very kind and well organized person. You can feel his passion for tea and the Shizuoka region which made the tour very entertaining.
Response from Tea Cup Trip
Thanks so much for joining the tour today! I had an amazing day with you two! Enjoy your rest of your trip and share something about Japanese tea with your family and friends. And enjoy tonkotsu ramen in Fukuoka for me:) – Akito
The highlight of our 3 week trip through Japan
The tour was the highlight of our 3 week trip through Japan. Akito is extremely knowledgable and has answered our many questions about tea and Japanese culture in general. We have brought different kinds of green tea with us back to Germany and I would love to come back, soon! We can recommend this experience without any doubt and have already sent the contact details to several of our friends also travelling to Japan this year.
Our 6 hr tour:
– pick-up from Shizuoka station (we put our large backpacks in coin lockers)
– 20 min drive to the green tea plantation on the mountain side
– amazing view over the tea plantation and an tea ceremony
– visit of the local tea farmers’ factory -> we had the great honor of tasting freshly produced tea!
– lunch at a very tasty restaurant with typical Japanese food
– Matcha ice cream and the opportunity for matcha-based sweets
– tea tasting of several different kinds of teas at a modern and stylish tea shop
– learning about pouring green tea correctly at the International foundation for Japanese green tea
– back to Shizuoka train station
Response from Tea Cup Trip
Thanks so much for joining Hidden Gem Tea Farm and Stylish Cafe Tour! I hope you enjoyed more onsen and food before going back to Germany. I had a wonderful day, having tea with you, talking about Japan and Germany. I appreciate for sharing the tour information here and your recommendations to your friends! I will be happy to run a tour for them, and I look forward to seeing you again! – Akito
A truly memorable experience that I would recommend to all!
Wonderful tour by Akito! He 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. A truly memorable experience that I would recommend to all! Thank you Akito.
If you love tea or just want to learn more about tea, this is definitely the tour to take.
I had a great time visiting the tea farm and visiting local tea shops with Akito. We ended up spending almost a whole day of him showing me around Shizuoka and teaching me everything about the tea making process. He clearly cares a great deal about local teas and tea culture, and I think what they are doing is great. If you love tea or just want to learn more about tea, this is definitely the tour to take.
I was in my tea heaven
I loved this tour. Everything was so well organized. And we enjoyed so many things and got new information about Japanese green tea.
It was nice to see farmers, in action and visit a local home.
And all those lovely tea places in Shizuoka… I was in my tea heaven.
Thank you guys! You made my dream come true.
Ps. There is a story, my pics and my video on my blog (which is in Finnish) ->
Response from Tea Cup Trip
Thank you very much for attending our tour! It is a great honor to know to that we contributed to your dream. Please enjoy Japanese tea and spread the beauty of Japanese tea in Finland! – Akito