The Ureshino Tea Experience (1hr)
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
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.
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.
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.
|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|
Please choose a space from four unique locations.
|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.|
|Note about Tour Conductors||There will be no tour conductor from UNA Laboratories accompanying this program. Customers are responsible for managing their own itineraries.|
|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. Guides will wear a face shield during tours.
- 2. Guests are requested to wear a mask.
- 3. Hand-sanitizing alcohol will be provided.
- 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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
- ※ 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.
- About 1 hour
- Recommended Age
- Suitable for All Ages
(tax included; complimentary tea and sweets)
※Taxi fare to the Tea Spaces is not included.