An experiential tour of a factory producing tea in Shizuoka Prefecture

29.November.2017 | SPOT

The factory-tour produced by Oyaizu Seiichi Shoten “Ochaya no ‘Kojo Kengaku/Taiken Tour (factory observation/experience tour)’” is gaining much popularity nowadays (the number of the visitors increased more than three times over last year.)

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“Kojo Kengaku/Taiken Tour” is a tour where you can enjoy observing the tea-making factory/tea-keeping refrigerator, receiving an explanation about the different varieties of tea and experiencing a tea-packing event.

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They started to receive sightseeing buses since they wanted to introduce the allurement of “ocha,” (tea) the traditional drink of Japan and many people from both inside and outside of Shizuoka Prefecture are visiting this factory.

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Many visitors say, “I can smell the good scent of tea” as soon as the shutter of the storage opens and shout “Wow, it’s so cold!” when they enter the tea-keeping refrigerator.

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Also, you can drink freshly made teas, taste “Maccha Baumkuchen ‘CHIYO no Wa’” which won the first place in Rakutenichiba (Internet shopping site) and the 2015 Gourmet Taisho Award and enjoy a tea-packing event.

 

■Information

Ochaya no “Kojo Kengaku/Experiential Tour”

Date: throughout the year (except December)

Fixed holiday: Sunday/holidays

Time: 9:30 to 16:00 (last reception 15:00)

Maximum headcount: 5 to 100 persons per group

Reservation: 10 days before the day that you want to visit

Time required: about an hour (the length of the time can be adjusted)

Venue: Oyaizu Seiichi Shoten

Parking lot: free

Entrance fee: free, tea packing event – 500 yen per one trial

 

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Oyaizu Seiichi Shoten

TEL:054-259-6775(8:30~17:30)

URL:http://www.oyaizu.co.jp

Person in charge: Yokoyama Ishikawa

 

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    Author/ Photographer: meme

     

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