Yoshidamachi Local Experience Tour No. 2 "Indulge in Japanese tea culture enjoyed as a part of everyday common practice"

Yoshidamachi Local Experience Tour No. 2 "Indulge in Japanese tea culture enjoyed as a part of everyday common practice"

In conjunction with the steady progress of preparation for the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the neighboring port city of Yokohama is also gearing up its efforts to draw more and more tourists from all around the world to its diverse urban assets. To take advantage of the city's booming inbound tourism, Yoshidamachi has drawn up a set of its own programs to capture the attention of international visitors to its distinctive features filled with local street charms.

=Tour Program=
Tour No.2. Indulge in Japanese tea culture enjoyed as a part of everyday common practice

This program intends to share with the tour participants the intimate experience of drinking Japanese tea, not in a ritualistic manner like in a traditional tea ceremony, but rather in a relaxed style that the local people commonly enjoy in their everyday life, as well as the in-depth knowledge about the wide variations of tea leaves and tea utensils that have contributed to the establishment and enrichment of Japanese teas culture. Then, they will enjoy rice with green tea, "ochazuke" at Japanese restaurant. "Ochazuke" has been popular among Japanese people since the Edo-period (1603-1868) during a time that Japanese common culture started to bloom.

<Program Timetable>
6:00pm Meet at JR Kannai Station North Exit (then walk to Yoshidamachi)
6:15pm-7:30pm Self-introduction, video and slides highlighting the attractive stories of Yoshidamachi. Japanese green tea workshop.
7:30pm-9:00pm The participants will stroll around Yoshidamachi while listening to the tour guide explain about the various places of interest in the neighborhood. They will then be taken to a well-established Japanese restaurant in town where they will be able to try out "ochazuke" cooked by the restaurant's chefs.

<Monitor Tour (trial tour)>
Date/Time: Nov. 27th(Mon.), 2017 (6pm to 9pm)
Venue: Various establishments in and around Yoshidamachi
Max. No. of participants: 10
Fee: Free of charge (for monitor tour only)

<Normal Tour>
Date/Time: Arranged upon request (6pm to 9pm)
Venue: Various establishments in and around Yoshidamachi
Max. no. of participants: 10
Fee: 2,500 yen/person (1 Ochazuke at the restaurant is included)

<Contact Information & Registration>
Yoshidamachi Commercial Avenue Association
Ms. Baba
Tel: 090-5752-0163
Email: yuko.baba.007@gmail.com

Information

Area

Chinatown / Kannai / Yamashita Park

Dates

<Monitor Tour (trial tour)> Nov. 27th(Mon.), 2017 (6pm to 9pm)
<Normal Tour> Arranged upon request (6pm to 9pm)

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