Kyoto Tea Country

Birthplace of Nagatani Souen

This is the birthplace of Nagatani Souen (reconstructed in 1960), who built the foundations of Japanese tea leaf preparation through his development and popularization of the "Aosei Sencha Method" in 1738.

Inside the building, the remains of a special drier used for tea preparation have been preserved. Visitors can learn about Souen's legacy and tea preparation methods.

Ujitawara Town Office
Sorabiro Yuyadani, Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki District, Kyoto Prefecture
From Uji Station on the Keihan Uji Line, Uji Station on the JR Nara Line, or Shintanabe Station on the Kintetsu Kyoto Line, take Keihan Bus (headed to "Ichu-mae, Ryokuen-zaka, Industrial Park"), and get off at "Ichu-mae" bus stop. Change to the community bus, get off at "Yuyadani" bus stop, and walk 14 minutes.
Business Hours
Entrance for viewing the interior is available only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Not available
(Souen Koyu-an Yantan Community Center is recommended, a 14 minute walk away)