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Yame, a Town of Craft

Experience the Crafts of Yame Through Matcha Tea

A tea set that showcases the skills of Yame’s craft makers
Enjoying a chat with the friendly Ms. Hori is a highlight of the tour
Maruyasabo is located in the old district of Yame that is filled with traditional architecture
Dashibukusa cloth tailored by Shimogawa Textile
Bowls crafted by the lively pottery maker, Kazami Pottery
Fresh sweets made by Kikuya, served on a plate made by the wooden bucket workshop Matsunobu Kogei
Teaspoons made of susu bamboo from the nearby Hoshino Village
In addition to drinking matcha tea, you can also try your hand at making it

Kurume Kasuri textiles, buddhist altars, wooden bucket-making, carpentry — Yame is a place where craftspeople live and work side-by-side. Craftpeople from each of these traditions were asked to create an original utensil/tool to be used in the matcha process. Enjoy a tea experience unique to Yame. The experience takes place at Maruyasabo in the Fukushima district of Yame, a beautiful white-walled traditional townscape dating back hundreds of years. Under the guidance of Asuka Hori, a master tea practitioner, you can try your hand at making some of your own matcha tea. Ms. Hori, who is well acquainted with Yame's craftspeople, is filled with captivating stories and knowledge. Allow this experience to serve as the gateway to your Yame journey.

  • Enjoy Yame matcha tea with original cups and utensils made by Yame craftspeople
  • Take in the atmosphere of Yame’s traditional townscape, where Maruyasabo is located
  • Make your own matcha tea — though it may seem intimidating it’s actually quite a simple process
  • Pair Yame matcha tea with fresh sweets from Kikuya, a long-standing Japanese confectionery in Yame
  • Ask the teahouse master Askua Hori about the best local spots
  • This program is also recommended for first-time visitors to Yame
Asuka HoriTea Master, Maruyasabo
In the summer of 2020, Ms. Hori opened Maruyasabo, a teahouse where visitors can casually experience Yame matcha. She offers the ochamagoto tea ceremony experience, a more relaxed version of the traditional tea ceremony so that many folks can enjoy the joys of tea without the pressure of rigid rules.
Destination Info

Yame’s Fukushima District: A Townscape Filled with Beautiful White-Walled Buildings

The Fukushima district of Yame City, which developed as a castle town in the early Edo period (~1600s), was severely damaged by a large typhoon in 1991. Afterwards, the government worked with citizens to preserve the townscape, a collection of traditional streets painted in beautiful white and red ochre. Maruyasabo is located in a renovated old house, right in the center of this historical district.

The traditional white-walled architecture of Yame Fukushima

Program Contents

Experience the Diversity of Yame’s Handicrafts through a Matcha Experience

Experience the work of many different Yame craftspeople through this matcha tea program. The lacquer and gold tea containers are made by buddhist altar makers at Ogata Butsudan Honten, while the round tea trays are made by Shuichi Kunitake, a woodworker whose studio is located on the same street as Maruyasabo.

Natsume tea containers made by Ogata Butsudan Honten craftspeople

Round tray by Shuichi Kunitake

Cord

GFYM07

Dates

Monday, Thursday ~ Sunday from 14:00
※Tours are held by request. Please send us your preferred dates using the inquiry form. We will check availability and get back to you as soon as possible.

Schedule

13:55
Meet at Maruyasabo

14:00

Introduction, choose tea sets


14:10

Enjoy matcha and Japanese sweets prepared by the teahouse master


14:30

Try your hand at making matcha tea yourself using utensils made by Yame artisans. Enjoy the tea with fresh sweets from Kikuya, and exchange conversation about Yame’s crafts.

<Nearby Sights>

※ In the traditional part of Yame where Maruyasabo is located, one can also find Yame’s oldest tea shop, Konomi Honke, and the Unagi no Nedoko bookstore, located in a renovated old Japanese townhouse. The bookstore is located in the same building as Craft Inn 手 [té], an inn where visitors can experience using locally-made handicrafts.

Languages

Japanese

Participants

1 to 4

Meeting Place
Maruyasabo
154 Motomachi, Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture
※ For those coming by car, please use the Yame Dentou Kougeikan (Traditional Craft Center) parking lot.
Reservation Deadline

3 days before the start of the tour

Payment Method

Advance payment at the time of application (VISA, Mastercard, Amex, JCB)

Attire

Please wear comfortable clothes

Please Note
  • This is an experience program where guests arrange transportation themselves to and from the meeting place.
  • UNA Laboratories staff will not accompany guests on this program.
  • Included in the program fee is domestic travel insurance provided by JI Accident & Fire insurance Co., Ltd (2.58 million yen in the event of death, 3,000 yen per day in the event of hospitalization, 1,600 yen per day for non-overnight hospital visits, 10 million yen for personal liability. However, children who participate in the program for free are not covered by this insurance plan.
  • The tour will be held even in the event of rain, barring cases of inclement weather such as heavy rain or a typhoon.
  • All of the photographs displayed on this website are for illustrative purposes only. Also please note that as the workshop is not a tourist attraction, the processes that visitors can see may change depending on the day, and there may be days when some machines may not be running.
  • Children of elementary school age and younger may participate in the tour with a parent or guardian. However, UNA Laboratories or Shimogawa Textiles shall not be held responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur in the parking lot or during the tour. In particular, when touring the factory, please keep an eye on your child/children to make sure that they do not touch the machines.
  • This tour may be cancelled in the event that its smooth implementation becomes difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the event of cancellation, the tour fee will be fully refunded.
Cancellation Policy

3 to 1 day(s) preceding the tour start date: 50% of the tour fee
Before departure on the tour start date: 100% of the tour fee
After the start of tour or no-show: 100% of the tour fee

UNA Laboratories COVID-19 Prevention Measures

UNA Laboratories is committed to ensuring the safety of our customers, staff, and community. In accordance with municipal, national, and industry guidelines for the prevention of infectious diseases, UNA Laboratories is implementing the following measures:

  1. 1. Guides will wear a face shield during tours.
  2. 2. Guests are requested to wear a mask.
  3. 3. Hand-sanitizing alcohol will be provided.
  4. 4. We will check your temperature and general physical condition at the start of the tour. UNA Laboratories reserves the right to refuse tour participation if a customer’s temperature is over 37 degrees Celsius.
  5. 5. We strive to maintain adequate social distance throughout the tour, so the maximum number of participants will be capped at six.

Travel Planning: Implementation

  • UNA Laboratories Inc. (Fukuoka Prefectural Governor Registration #2-951)
  • 3-12-22-302 Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0022
  • TEL: 092-982-7956E-MAIL: tour@unalabs.jp
  • Domestic Certified Travel Supervisors:
    Aya Tamura, Noriko Yahata, Rei Watanabe
  • Business Hours:
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays)
  • *Requests received outside of business hours will be processed the following business day.
  • *Domestic Certified Travel Supervisors are responsible for transactions held at the sales office that processes customers’ travel. Please do not hesitate to contact the aforementioned Domestic Certified Travel Supervisors with any questions or concerns regarding the travel contract.

ツアー情報

Dates
Monday, Thursday ~ Sunday from 14:00 ※Tours are held by request. Please send us your preferred dates using the inquiry form. We will check availability and get back to you as soon as possible.
Duration
1 Hour
Recommended Age
Suitable for All Ages
Price
3,800yen (tax included)
Remarks
Included in the tour price: two cups of matcha tea, omogashi sweets and higashi dried candies, and tea ceremony experience