Located at the southernmost part of Kyoto Prefecture lies Wazuka, which is a famous tea-producing area. The town’s tea plantations are famous tourist attractions due to offering unique scenery. This article introduces the must-see parts of these tea plantations!
Wazuka's Beautiful Tea Plantations
Since long ago, Wazuka has been a major producer of tea. It accounts for about 45% of the tea production in Kyoto Prefecture. The tea plantations that produce this huge amount of tea offer a picturesque view that blends beautifully with nature. It constantly changes depending on the season, time, and viewing angle, allowing you to experience many views while standing in one spot, not unlike a kaleidoscope. Tea plantation exist almost everywhere within the town,each with their own unique features.
The Chagenkyo Matsuri (Teatopia Festival) is a popular event that gets more than 7,000 visitors from all over Japan every November. It is filled with various activities, such as tea plantation tours and booths that show off teas from around the world.
The nearest station in Wazuka is JR Kamo Station. If you are going from Kyoto Station, ride the Miyakoji Rapid Service and then switch to the Yamatoji Rapid Service at JR Kizu Station. The trip will take you about 60 minutes. If you are coming from Osaka Station, you can get there in about 66 minutes if you use the Yamatoji Rapid Service.
Tea Plantations in Harayama
This is the oldest tea plantation in Wazuka. It is known for its landscape featuring tea plants planted in a well-organized manner.
Gaze at it From Various Angles
Since the plantation is circularly spread on a slope, it will offer different views depending on your viewing angle.
Switch angles – going from above to the sides and the bottom – to enjoy this amazing view from every angle.
View it Up Close and From Afar!
You will clearly see that this plantation is circular in shape if you look down at it from a distance.
If you decide to look at it from close-up instead, you’ll notice the curvaceous view slowly disappearing, letting you appreciate each and every tea plant.
A Beautiful Array of Colors!
The color of the tea plantation changes every season. This photo shows what it looks like around May. As you can see, it takes on a yellowish green color.
This is what it looks like in August. It is brightened up by the midsummer sunshine, which enhances the green of the tea leaves.
Tea Plantations in Ishitera
The most popular tea plantations in town are the Tea Plantations in Ishitera. One notable feature is that the entire plantation covers a small hill.
Best Enjoyed From Afar!
You can see private homes dotted throughout the plantation, beautifully blended in.
Try viewing the plantation on a sunny day and you will see the beautiful contrast between the green leaves and the blue sky.
The View Can Also Be Enjoyed Up-close!
You can also view the plantation from up-close or even look down at it from above.
As you can see in the picture, there are tea fields whose colors sharply contrast their surroundings.
It's Like a Green Carpet!
If you view the plantation from a slightly elevated place, your entire field of vision will be filled with well-organized tea plants that look like a carpet of greenery.
The trees dotted throughout the fields also provide a nice accent.
Tea Plantations in Kamatsuka
This plantation is on sloping land that was cleared by the town’s ancestors. The lush nature and sculpted land harmonize together beautifully.
It Has Unique Beauty!
This spot is a place that you should visit! Tea plants at this plantation are planted in a way where they surround a hut.
Try slightly changing your viewing angle to enjoy an entirely different view and see various scenes.
It Stands Out From the Sky!
This tea plantation covering the ground really matches with the blue sky.
The angle that features a house in the middle of blue and green provides a truly elegant and Japan-esque view.
As you have seen, the scenery of tea plantations varies widely depending on the location and the angle that you’re viewing them from.
Everyone likes different viewing angles. Why not take a shot of what you think is the best spot?
Aside from being sightseeing destinations, these tea plantations are also private estates. Take care not to trespass or bother the farmers when taking pictures. Mind your manners and enjoy sightseeing there!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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