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Sushi, tempura, yakitori, katsudon, okonomiyaki, sukiyaki, shabu-shabu, nabe, yakisoba Ė the variety of Japanese food is extraordinary and one of the highlights of any trip to Japan is the chance to experience just quite how good Japanese food is. Over the last decade Japanese food has grown in popularity across the globe with nearly every city in the UK boasting a Japanese restaurant Ė something that would have been unthinkable only ten years ago.

However, for all itís popularity Japanese food is still a bit of a mystery in the west. For sure everyone knows sushi but even this most well known of Japanese foods is somewhat misunderstood. For starters, an almost universal misconception is that sushi is raw fish. In actual fact the term sushi refers to the lightly vinegared rice upon which (amongst other things) raw fish is placed either on top of (nigiri zushi) or rolled inside of (maiki zushi). Slices of raw fish served on their own with soy sauce and wasabi (the spicy green mustard which catches so many people by surprise!) is known as sashimi.

Aside from sushi and sashimi though, Japanese cuisine offers all manner of delights from kaiseiki with its extremely refined dishes and immaculate presentation, to okonomiyaki, a kind of pancake where you just throw it all in and cook on a hot plate.

To help you get a little bit extra out of your adventures in the world of Japanese food, we have designed a number of food related experiences for you to enjoy. So whether you are looking to get hands on and try a spot of cooking yourself, or just want those eating out experiences you might otherwise miss, we are sure that one of our Japanese food experiences will be a fantastic addition to your trip.

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Green Tea Picking


Obubu means 'green tea' in the Kyoto dialect and this tea farm is one of the most famous in Japan. The area has been producing tea for over 800 years and at an average cost of around 14,000yen per kilogram the tea coming from this farm is some of Japan's most expensive!

We can arrange a full day visit to the farm where you will join a small group to take a tour of the plantation followed by the chance to pick your own tea leaves. Traditional wooden baskets are provided and the company staff will show you the best parts of the leaf to pick. Remember that this is tea-leaf gold so be sure to carefully place the leaves in your basket!

A green tea inspired lunch follows (including some amazing tea leaf tempura) and then in the afternoon you will get to work roasting and kneading the leaves in order to get them ready for a delicious cup of 'ocha'. You will also create the perfect accompaniment - green tea 'ochazuke' rice. There will be plenty of tea leaves left over for you to take home as a souvenir or gift.  

From 10.30am to 5.00pm on selected dates. For 2013:

Saturday 27th April 2013
Saturday 11th May 2013
Saturday 18th May 2013
Saturday 6th July 2013
Saturday 5th October 2013

Please note that the plan for the day changes depending on the season.

Obubu tea farm, near the town of Kamo which is about 60 minutes by train from Kyoto. A pick up service from Kamo station is included.

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