In Japan, the Tea Ceremony is a fine art that demands years of practice. But there’s no denying that this ceremony – beautiful as it is – won’t necessarily make your tea any better! Perhaps even the opposite: the ceremony is very strict, calm and genteel – often too much for Westerners. But fortunately, there is an alternative.
You can visit a very pleasant spot very near Mount Fuji to appreciate the fields of green tea. Best to go in spring, early in the morning – it’s less than two hours from Tokyo by car.
Try to get as close as possible to the point shown on the map. You can’t go wrong, just follow the other cars or visitors on foot. Japanese photographers, determined and serious, will all be there already waiting for the sun to reach the ideal height to illuminate the scene perfectly.
I’m exaggerating of course, but by getting there early enough you’ll have peace until around 10 o’clock, after which there seem to be tours and even photography courses.
But before the noise of the visitors and the clicks of the photographers, you’ll have a moment all to yourself between the fields of green tea and Mount Fuji. To complete the picture, don’t of course forget to open the bottle of tea that you’ve bought from the convenience store (combini). The atmosphere will work its magic and I’m sure the taste of the tea will complete the picture.
Next, head for the tree in the middle of the fields, take pictures of your other half or your children with red parasols – Japan holiday snaps sorted!
If you want to meet the locals and taste an excellent green tea with no fuss, try a visit to the Hazuki family farm. You can find them on Facebook here: Hazuki Farm. Either contact them in advance or visit them directly.
The Nihondairai tea fields, a rather less secret name, are also very pleasant and offer a fantastic view out to sea. On the way back to Tokyo, you can stop off at Hakone and spend the next day there.
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