Visitors to Japan’s capital looking to gain a greater appreciation of the country’s tea culture may wish to look at an upcoming overnight sortie organized by Park Hyatt Tokyo. As part of the hotel’s Masters of Food and Wine series, Park Hyatt’s Japanese Tea Excursion will take in tea farm Inokura, a plantation in Nara Prefecture, experiencing tea-picking first-hand and joining a storied ceremony at the estate, which has been commended by Japan’s agriculture ministry for its organic cultivation methods and soil-to-cup sustainability. Accommodation at the traditional townhouse Kidera no Ie is included in the price, as are a visit to the Nigatsudo Hall at Todaiji Temple and the sampling of various delicacies from the region. Park Hyatt will invite participants back on August 6 to the 40th-story restaurant Private Dining to sample their chosen teas with a selection of Japanese sweets prepared by two of the hotel’s top chefs. The excursion is priced at US$725, departs Thursday June 20, and returns the following day. Anyone wishing to take part should contact Yuko Ijichi on 81-3/5323-3422 or email@example.com.
3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku