Located on the banks of the Kizu River, Koishidani Shrine enshrines the favorite mistress of Emperor Go-Daigo. Since long ago, visitors have come to pray to this guardian deity for women, seeking blessings for conception, safe childbirth, and recovery from diseases that affect women. Today, during the shrine's annual festivals in April and September, people come from afar to visit the shrine.
Koshidani Shrine is also known as a power spot for young women looking for success in romance or finding a partner, and recently, even men have begun to visit it. There is a heart-shaped rock within the shrine grounds, and it is said that if you can find it, you wish will come true.
Tayama Tsurugi Tea Fields
The Tayama Tsurugi Tea Fields are located away from villages and homes, some distance away, where they make use of the slopes of the hillsides. The vast tea fields extend here, each of the rows arranged not to follow the contours of the earth, but unusually in ""standing rows"" that lead straight up the slopes. This pioneering landscape has been adapted to suit the mechnical systems of modern tea cultivation.
Visitors to the tea fields can take a glimpse into the history of Uji tea production in the modern era and the cultural landscape created by this unique topography.
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Matsumoto-tei Ryokan Dining
This long-standing ryokan (traditional inn) with pheasant cuisine has been in business for more than 100 years since its founding in 1890 on Mt. Kasagi, between Kyoto and Nara. Mt. Kasagi is surrounded by historical locations and scenic spots, and Matsumoto-tei offers a family-like hospitality here.
Matsumoto-tei proudly serves its famous, carefully-prepared pheasant dishes, including stone-baked dishes, hot pot, sashimi, and more.
Fukujuen Uji Tea Workshop
At this workshop, visitors can experience hand-rolling tea, making Uji tea with a ceramic plate, and using a stone mortar to make matcha tea powder. You can even enjoy activities like making an Asahiyaki pottery bowl, and pottery painting. In the tea room, you can take a class in tea ceremony or sencha tea ceremony. The room can also be used for traditional tea events. Also, in the Fukujuen Tea Room, in addition to Fukujuen's tea, you can eat sweets like matcha ice cream parfaits, tea-flavored foods like ochazuke gozen (a kind of fancy meal made with many small dishes), and all kinds of Uji tea.
d:matcha Kyoto CAFE & KITCHEN
d:matcha Kyoto CAFE & KITCHEN is a café where you can enjoy food, sweets, and drinks made using tea from the town of Wazuka. Though the ingredients are not limited only to tea, they are as locally-sourced as possible. The unique menu can only be found here, and includes savory food items made with tea, too. In the store, there are sweets made from tea leaves for sale. From the back of the store, you can overlook the beautiful tea fields of Mt. Kamazuka, a view that's perfect for a break from driving or cycling.
In addition to food, there is also a tea field hiking and tea harvesting tour that goes around the spectacular tea plantations.
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In the center of town visitors will find the Wazaukacha Cafe, near the Wazuka Yamanoie bus stop. This facility doubles as an inviting cafe and a visitors center, providing sightseeing maps and information for travelers. They also have a shop selling local goods and over four hundred tea items. This is a great spot to pick up some single origin Wazuka tea, allowing you to savor the rich taste of an individual farm instead of a typical mass-produced blend from multiple fields. Rental bikes are available for 1,100 yen per day. Breezing through the hillside scenery is enjoyable in any season.