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Sweets Paired with Tea Served by the Farmers who Grow It

Savor Local Tea Surrounded by Picturesque Natural Beauty: The Ureshino Tea Experience (1hr)

Mori no Chashitsu is a Tea Space amidst a forest of cypresses and cedars
A tea farmer conducts a tea ceremony
The tea farmer himself serves tea with a Hizen Yoshida ware set
The Chato Tea Space offers sweeping views of Omura Bay in the distance
Enjoy tea while overlooking the sunset-painted Omura Bay

Enveloped by misty mountains and rich in clear air and water, the area of Ureshino, in Saga Prefecture, is perfect for tea cultivation — producing tea with rounded, deep flavors and low astringency. This program brings guests to Tea Spaces, picturesque locations among tea fields, to enjoy stunning views and Ureshino tea served by the people who know tea best: the farmers who grow it. Participants can choose from a variety of unique spaces in which to enjoy tea and sweets, such as Mori no Chashitsu (tea room in the woods), a sublime sanctuary nestled in a forest of cypresses and cedars, or Chato (tea platform), which overlooks vast expanses of rolling tea fields and Omura Bay in the distance.

  • Choose from four unique Tea Spaces, each nestled among tea fields with picturesque views
  • Enjoy tea served by the people who know it inside-out: tea farmers themselves
  • Indulge in sweets and Ureshino tea, which has rounded, deep flavors and low astringency
  • Experience tea served in Hizen Yoshida ware, an Ureshino pottery tradition with over 400 years of history
  • Taste the differences in flavor between various brewing methods
  • Includes a complimentary souvenir of Ureshino Chadoki’s very own original Ureshino tea
Ureshino Chadoki
Three traditional cultures live on in Ureshino, Saga Prefecture: tea, Hizen Yoshida pottery and onsen (hot springs). Ureshino Chadoki is a project in which tea farmers, potters, and hot spring inns have teamed up to express these traditional cultures in new ways. Beginning with the Tea Experience, Ureshino Chadoki offers a wide range of programs that highlight the region’s tea cultures.
Destination Info

Tea, Pottery, and Hot Springs: All Three Traditional Cultures Come Together in Ureshino, Saga Prefecture

Though there are many hot spring (onsen) areas across Kyushu, Ureshino is unique in that it is also rich in the traditional cultures of Ureshino tea and Hizen Yoshida pottery. Ureshino’s signature tamaryokucha is made with a mix of the kamairi pan-frying method, with historical roots in China, and a uniquely Japanese steaming process — resulting in a tea with rounded, deep flavors and low astringency. As the tea leaves expand slowly within the pot, you can enjoy slight changes in flavor and aroma with each pour.

Although the tradition of Hizen Yoshida ware is from the Hizen region, home to flourishing ceramic industries such as Saga Prefecture’s Arita ware and Imari ware, and Nagasaki Prefecture’s Hasami ware, it is not as widely known. Along with tea cultivation practices, Ming Dynasty Chinese potters brought ceramics culture to Ureshino — producing pottery to be used in daily life. Ureshino is also known for its hot springs, famous throughout Japan for their skin beautifying properties. Ureshino’s onsen water contains a high level of sodium, which smooths out keratinized skin and provides rejuvenating effects. Discover the knowledge embedded within Ureshino’s local culture through a decadent exploration of the region’s traditions of tea, pottery, and hot springs.

Tea and sweets served in Hizen Yoshida ware
OOMURAYA is the oldest ryokan in the Ureshino area
Program Details

A Cup of Tea with a Spectacular View

In picturesque spaces located in the middle of tea fields, expertly trained farmers perform modern tea ceremonies with tea they have grown themselves. Participants can choose a Tea Space from Tenchadai (tea terrace), which offers grand views of Ureshino city and the surrounding mountains, Mori no Chashitsu (tea room in the woods), a forested sanctuary surrounded by cypresses and cedars, Chato (tea platform), which overlooks vast expanses of rolling tea fields and Omura Bay in the distance, or Yoshida Chashitsu (Yoshida tea room), a renovated section of the Soesen Ceramics Workshop located in a Hizen Yoshida pottery village. Through the tea ceremony, participants can enjoy tea prepared in three different ways along with two kinds of Japanese sweets, all served in local Hizen Yoshida ceramics.

Tea masters welcome their guests to a Tea Space
Guests enjoy kamairicha at the Mori no Chashitsu Tea Space

A Modern Update to the Delicious Taste of Ureshino Tea

Ureshino Chadoki values tradition while also suggesting new ways of enjoying Ureshino Tea with a modern twist. The program’s tea masters are in the best position to explore all the possibilities of Ureshino tea, as they have grown the tea themselves with the upmost care. Not only traditional pan-fried kamairicha, but also more modern types, such as iced green tea and Japanese black tea, are served alongside a selection of Japanese sweets that are also not limited to only traditional offerings. Explore the endless possibilities of tea through the Ureshino Chadoki Tea Experience.

Enjoying a glass of iced Japanese black tea at the Chato Tea Space
The shape of Ureshino Tea Tiramisu recalls rolling tea fields
Tour Code GSUR01
Dates ※ Please send us your preferred date(s) through the inquiry form. We will confirm availability with the workshop and notify you as soon as possible.※As the workshop’s busy season runs from April to June, tour applications will not be accepted during this period.
Duration About 1 hour
Tea Spaces

Please choose a space from four unique locations.

Tenchadai (tea terrace)
Offers a picturesque view of Ureshino city and the surrounding mountains.
Created in March 2017 by Soejimaen
12 minutes by car/25 minutes by bike/60 minutes by foot from central Ureshino City
Mori no Chashitsu (tea room in the woods)
A sublime sanctuary nestled in a forest of cypresses and cedars.
Created in April 2018 by Nagao Toyohiro En
120 minutes by foot/60 minutes by bike/20 minutes by car from central Ureshino City
Yoshida Chashitsu (Yoshida tea room)
A renovated section of a Hizen Yoshida ware studio that functions as both a tea space and ceramics gallery, this is the only Tea Space located indoors.
Created in January 2018 by Soesen Pottery
50 minutes by foot/25 minutes by bike/10 minutes by car from central Ureshino City
Chato (tea platform)
This Tea Space overlooks vast expanses of rolling tea fields and Omura Bay in the distance.
Created in April 2019 by Ikeda Noen
120 minutes by foot/30 minutes by bike/20 minutes by car from central Ureshino City
Languages Japanese, English
Participants Minimum 2 / Maximum 6
※The price in the event only one person attends the tour is 23,000 yen (tax excluded)
Meeting Location Shared with guests individually after application.
Reservation Deadline 7 days before the start of the tour (for example, please apply by October 3rd for a tour that starts on October 10th)
Payment Method Advance payment at the time of reservation (VISA, Mastercard, Amex, JCB)
Attire Please wear something suitable for climbing up ladders and sitting on floor cushions.
Tour Conductor None
Note about Tour Conductors There will be no tour conductor from UNA Laboratories accompanying this program. Customers are responsible for managing their own itineraries.
Please Note
  • The tour will be held even in the event of rain, barring cases of inclement weather such as heavy rain or a typhoon. In the event of rain, the program will be held indoors at the Yoshida Tea Space or at the tea counter of a traditional Japanese ryokan inn.
  • All photos displayed on the website are for illustrative purposes only.
  • Guests who are under elementary school age may attend the tour accompanied by a parent or guardian. However, UNA Laboratories, Ureshino Chadoki, and any other affiliated companies or organizations shall not assume any responsibility for accidents/injuries that occur during the experience.
  • We advise taking out domestic travel insurance when participating in this tour.
Cancellation Policy 20 to 8 days before the day preceding the tour start date: 20% of the tour fee
7 to 2 days before the day preceding the tour start date: 30% of the tour fee
Day preceding the tour start date: 40% of the tour fee
Before departure on the tour start date: 50% of the tour fee
After the start of tour or no-show: 100% of the tour fee

UNA Laboratories COVID-19 Policy

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.

Tour Information

Dates
※ Please send us your preferred date(s) through the inquiry form. We will confirm availability with the workshop and notify you as soon as possible.※As the workshop’s busy season runs from April to June, tour applications will not be accepted during this period.
※This program is scheduled to begin Spring 2021. If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please fill out the form below.
Duration
About 1 hour
Recommended Age
None
Price
¥13,000/person
(tax included; complimentary tea and sweets)

※Taxi fare to the Tea Spaces is not included.