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Tea Lover Tours in Japan and Online

November 20, 2022

Tea Lover Tours in Japan and Online

Now that COVID is becoming a thing of the past, Japan finally opened up to the world for the tour.  

Here are the latest tours in 2022, specifically targeting people who love tea hosted by Arigato Japan, the pioneer for English-speaking Japanese tours for many years, featured by the New York Times Travel Shows, CNN Travel, and more.

I also included the virtual green tea tour named “Tokyo Online: Green Teatime in Japan” that I joined earlier during COVID. The tour is still ongoing right now, and you can join them from anywhere in the world. 
Read on and watch this amazing experience for tea lovers and "Japan lovers" worldwide.

Featured by Forbes Magazine

This tour has been featured in Forbes magazine as one of The World’s Best Virtual Tours for this online experience: https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2021/03/29/bucket-list-travel-the-worlds-best-virtual-tours/

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Short Preview of the Tour

With permission from Arigato Japan, they allowed me to share s short clip of the actual tour.  This is only a short 1-minute clip of the part of the video so that you can see what it is like on the virtual tour. 

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What did I learn from the Tour?

There are two elements in the world of tea that have helped drive a critical part of my love for tea generally: The experience of tea and the complexities of Japanese tea. Life is full of experiences.

When we explore the world of tea, for example, we see the labels, touch the products, smell the leaves, or perhaps try to understand what makes the tea stand out.

Perhaps, when we really think about our experience and tea, we have more questions than answers.

On the complexities of Japanese tea look no further than to these considerations:

  • Why is the year’s first batch of Japanese so important?
  • What makes it unique?
  • Why has Japanese culture developed specific brewing instructions for given teas?
  • The questions are seemingly endless.

Arigato Food Tours is here to

A) Provide experiences related to Japanese green tea and

B) Simplify the beautiful world of Japanese green tea for easy enjoyment 

C) Teach some tips on brewing better green tea at home

D) Provide interactive experience of brewing and drinking tea together

While their offerings are not limited to Japanese green tea, I want to spend the next few moments outlining a virtual tour on Japanese green tea that helps to synthesize their organization’s value.

Virtual Green Tea Tour

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Who created this Tour? - About Arigato Food Tour

In fact, Arigato Food Tours has been providing all kinds of tours throughout parts of Japan and has a wealth of knowledge and expertise for those curious about learning more about what Japan has to offer.

Arigato Food Tours was featured by:

  • New York Times Travel Shows
  • U.S. News & World Report Travel Weekly
  • Travel with Darley (popular TV Show - do you know this show?)
  • Forbes and Newsweek
  • CNN Travel

My session of the Virtual tour was hosted by Lauren.

Lauren - Arigato Food Tour

Lauren is one of the partners from Arigato Japan. From Pennsylvania, Lauren considers Japan her second or, perhaps, her first home. Having lived there for multiple decades, Lauren has a deep passion for Japan, its history, its culture, food, the world of Japanese tea, and sharing the world of Japan through her organization’s many offerings.

Lauren Arigato Japan

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What is the Tour Like? - The First Look

This tour began with introductions and included individuals from the Czech Republic, Tokyo, and America. Immediately, I was connected with not only Lauren, but the presentation’s thesis: Online Green Teatime.

Everyone on the tour loves green tea or Japan in some way, so it was very nice to hang out with people with similar passions.

Lauren then moved to a short yet head-scratching quiz on tea. Without giving too much away, it will make most tea lovers dive into their knowledge of tea.

Of course, being on a tea tour, making tea is a critical element.

Arigato Japan tea tour

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Making of Japanese Green Tea, the "Better" Way

Her tour included the making of Japanese green tea, the “better” way.

She explained this so well in simple terms. My personal hero, Osamu Tezuka once said "A great teacher is who can explain the complex matter in simple terms". She did just that during the tour. 

I happen to know a bit about this topic (about green tea), but there was something new to me, which I am thinking of writing a whole blog post about in the near future.  (Thank you, Lauren!)

Walking through each of the steps, each participant made a delicious cup of tea and reviewed it accordingly. As Lauren details the health benefits of tea, her passion for education shines.

Participants clearly enjoyed their cup of tea. Again, weaving through the experience of tea and the complexities of tea, the tour then moves to the history of tea, and what makes matcha unique and concludes with participant questions.

The tour felt like and was clearly an extension of Arigato Japan’s tours. There were a plethora of added benefits.

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Kyoto Matcha

kyoto japan

The city of Uji in Kyoto is known as the home of Matcha, and they not only just produce Matcha, but they make premium ones. Green Tea lovers all over the world enjoy Uji Matcha. On this tour, you will learn about the meticulous production of the world's best Matcha. The tour includes the preparation, and you can imagine the taste of the Uji matcha.

grinding green tea leaves using stone

While having tour, you will know the tea goodness as the Matcha will be shown as it can be paired up with a delicious lunch set, meaning they will show you what kind of foods will make an excellent Matcha meal. After strolling and seeing local tea shops, the fun never stops as while touring; you can see a UNESCO world heritage site, the Byodoin temple.

Tokyo Yanaka

The nostalgia and rustic charm of the classic Tokyo is within our reach. This tour is unique as you can explore the Shitamachi, meaning Downtown, and not the modern and high-tech places.

Yanaka is rich in history, art, and snacks. First, visit local temples and shrines. The shops there have been standing for over 100 years, and you will appreciate the 10-12 dishes that locals really like the most. Next, see Kyushu's special regional lunch. Then before the end of the tour, you will experience the traditional tea ceremony in a hidden gem antique shop.

Flavors of Japan 

Japanese cuisine is pleasing inside and out. We will learn and deeply understand how unique and aesthetically pleasing Japanese cuisine is in different regions. With seven shops and more than 13 snacks, including sweet potatoes, fish cakes, and many more, you can be sure what food you will try on your next trip.

A high-quality Matcha tea is only complete with the Wagashi (small Japanese desserts) experience. This tour is a chance to know seasonal teas in a wonderful tea shop.

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Asakusa

Aside from Buddhist temples, Asakusa is known for its sashimi, tea, and souvenirs. You will often see the side streets and alleyways full of traditional snack shops and fish markets.

 

One of the places to visit is this well-known pastry shop that has served Matcha and baked goods since 1945. You can enjoy the Matcha experience in this shop. Aside from tea, you can take a look and feel at home with regional snacks like rice crackers and plums depending on the change of season. With the famous melon pan or melon bread, the tour will now become complete.

Wonderful Tour for both Introvert and Extrovert 

As you may know, I am an extreme introvert. Shyness impacts some of my decisions when congregating with others. 

On any bus tour, I am the one who sits at the very back of the bus and listens very closely, but never raises my hand to ask questions. 

Lauren is welcoming, kind, and above all warm. As touched on, it was engaging, but not to the point of undermining my own enjoyment.

It was perfect for introverted people like me who wanted to enjoy the tour, but not to engage too much.  

But she did engage with people who wanted to engage more during the tour, and answered every question with sincerity. 

Being able to quickly judge the different personalities in the group and make the tour fun for everybody; is a skill that can only be performed by an expert who has been on the front-line of conducting tours and entertaining the world for years. 

It is clear Lauren has done such tours so many times before, and her knowledge and expertise show naturally. Perhaps the best tour I have been part of, it was definitely worth my time, and overall a great time. 

I feel that this virtual tour was a marriage between expert tour guides who are always out and "offline" in the field and the virtual reality "online" world which could only happen in this wired circumstance happening right now with COVID-19. I hate COVID-19 as anyone else does, but I am grateful for the newborn tour excitement that it created as a result.

Green Tea Tour

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Magical Experience of Feeling Like I am Touring a Japanese Tea Farm

The tour was a little over an hour, but it was so fun and engaging that I felt like I was on a bus in Japan moving from Japanese Tea farms to Tea shops. 

The moment right after the tour ended; I felt lost for a few seconds until I realized that I was in my own living room. Lauren's tour magic really transported me into the true virtual world of tea in Japan.  Wow!

If you’re looking to understand more about Japanese green tea, and want to get out to the magical world of Japan and tea, this is a perfect option that covers everything about Japanese green tea. In fact, you may find yourself looking at more of the organization’s services. Being confident in what you’re paying for can be difficult: Do they really know what they’re talking about? In part, the Japanese green tour was a show of Lauren’s passion and her knowledge and skills were clearly on display.

If you have ever thought that Green Tea is an “acquired taste” or that it is “too bitter” to enjoy, we’re here to change your mind! We want everyone to experience the health benefits of Green Tea and show you that this can be an amazing, refreshing, and delicious drink when made correctly. With just a few tips on how to brew this powerful leaf we can change your mind about the taste and enjoyment of drinking Green Tea.

Don’t miss out on the health benefits of tea!

  • Improve health
  • Increase brain function
  • Regulate weight
  • Lower your risk of cancers
  • Reduce risk of heart disease
  • Lowers risk of diabetes

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  • Lowers risk of diabetes

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