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~Passing Down Kamikatsu's Traditional Tea Making to Future Generations~

Shinobu's Kamikatsu Awa Bancha Tea Comparison Experience

Fitness Level: ★☆☆☆☆
Skill Level: ★☆☆☆☆

Price: From ¥7,100~

~To tourists considering travel to Kamikatsu ~
Kamikatsu is a small town with a population of under 1500. In 2003, the town made " The Zero Waste Declaration" with aim of producing no garbage. Heartland Japan introduces this trip to Kamikatsu and numerous "Kamikatsu A-ha! Experiences", exclusively to responsible travelers with a mind to "experience Kamikatsu as it is and to learn about and enjoy the town through the trip.

Kamikatsu Awa Bancha Tea"" is tea fermented with lactic acid which is rare even in a global context. The golden-colored tea with a peculiar scent and fresh acidic flavor has been passed down for generations in Kamikatsu as their regular house tea. Its production method is unique, and almost all the work, from picking tea leaves to packing, is done by hand. The flavor and taste differ depending on the year and people, thus a wide variety of teas are produced.
This precious tea-making method was also designated as National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property. Despite facing a shortage of successors, Shinobu and others involved in the tea production have been working on preserving and popularizing Kamikatsu Awa Bancha Tea in order to pass down this tradition to future generations.

■Number of participants(Min./Max.)

■Target Age
Adult rates: from 6-7th grade Intended for adults, but small children are welcome to accompany.

2 hours

■What is included
►Guide Fees
►Interpreter Fees
►Cost of the experience
►Souvenir and Tea Snacks
►Breakfast (0), Lunch (0), Dinner (0)

■What is NOT included
►Insurance(Please arrange travel insurance in your own country.)
►Other items not listed in "What is included in this program"
►International remittance and transfer fees for application, making alterations, or cancellation of this tour will be at the customer's expense.
►Venue fee will be charged separately.

■What you need to bring, what to wear, etc.
Nothing in particular

〜Responsible tourism〜
【About Kamikatsu】
1. Meal
・The number of eateries is limited, so advance booking is necessary.
・In order to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infections, some shops are either closed or operating with shortened business hours.
・There is no convenience store or supermarket in the town.
2. Transportation
If customers apply only for the experience, they will have to arrange the transportation to the site by themselves.
・ From Tokushima Station: Approx.1 hour by car, 1.5 hours by bus
・ As the number of buses operating is limited, other transportation such as volunteer taxis are convenient. (Requires registration and booking in advance.) If you wish to book the experience and the transportation as a set, please inquire to Heartland Japan.
3. Responsibilities as travelers
When visiting Kamikatsu, please double check your travel gear, and as a zero-waste traveler, take the actions required to not have to dispose of garbage.
・Prepare to bring reusable water bottles, chopsticks, etc.
・When having meals, consider the amount you eat so as to minimize leftover food as much as possible.
Choose Heartland Japan for a special Kamikatsu-stay plan exclusively for you.
Inquiries: info@heatlandjapan.com

■Customer Feedback
►It was a great experience as we learned of a tea type with which we were not particularly familiar. The presenter was also great, and the stories of the locals who are producing the tea were also interesting.


►Experience drinking and comparing Kamikatsu Awa Bancha Tea, produced by fermenting lactic acid, something rare even on a global scale.
►Through the tea drunk in daily life in Kamikatsu, guests get in touch with Kamikatsu's culture and lifestyle.
►With Shinobu's selection, taste precious Awa Bancha Tea, which is not distributed in the general market.