2017/10/19

Fantastic Japanese Tea Tour !!


Our guests are 11 Belgium ladies. They learn Japanese culture so well and curious about Japanese tea. They made a reservation Tea tour with KYOTO OBUBU TEA FARM in WATSUKA in KYOTO.
We joined their Japanese tea tour together.


 The OBUBU FARMS is in WATSUKA in Kyoto.
It takes about more than 1 hours from the center of Kyoto.

 Kyoto obubu tea farms were welcoming , warm atmosphere.
We met three Japanese staff and four foreign interns, an italian, a french, an Australian and a chinese.  All of them were so friendly and so funny !!

 They explain what is green tea and what different with other tea with screen in English.
 We saw and drank a couple kind of tea and listen about tea.
Our guests were so serious, they asked many questions.
I'm Japanese but I don't know about tea very much.



 Next, let's go to the farm !!


 It was rainy day, but our guests didn't care about the rain at all !!

But the tea plantation was made along the face of mountain.
You have to claim on the maddy way.


Look !! It is awesome view, beautiful !!!!!  


Hiro ( one of the staff), he explain the plantation and gave tea flower to our guests.
Aki (the owner)told us how to pick up tea leaves.


We tried picking the leaves.




Next, we went to the factory to know how to make tea.


The four intern told us how to use a machine and process.
They are internship.


The lunch time !!
We ate Udon, Curry rice etc...


After the lunch, we studied again.

We practice to offer the tea.





If you'd like to buy the tea  of WATSUKA, you can buy them after the schooling.


Kyoto obubu tea farms offer TEA TOUR twice in a week
(Tuesdays and Thursdays)
It takes 4 hours (11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.)

If you curious the tea tour, look their web site.
https://obubutea.com/








2017/09/14

We joined "ENCHANTED TIME WITH MAIKO"

We, Papa & Mama went to Gion and experienced the party with MAIKO. It was the first time to see a MAIKO so close.
The reutaurant is Yasaka-dori EMRAKU.


The MAIKO was dancing 2 songs.


The food course is Kyoto cuisine. It was delicious. 
I've gotten full.






I lost the TENPURA picture....




 While you are eating, The MAIKO visiting around table to you !!
You can ask her anything !!

We know MAIKO but we tend not to know the life of MAIKO.
Let's make clear your question !!
You play 2 game with MAIKO.
The game was so simple, but it was fun because being with MAIKO!!

 It took around 2hours.
The location was so good atmosphere.
If you are interesting about it or You'd like to make a reservation, please contact us.

Please look at the site detail.
http://www.travel-kyoto-maiko.com/






2017/08/29

【Notice of Holidays】
Guesthouse KYOTO COMPASS will be closed during the following periods.
*** 31st Aug. 2017~10th Sep. 2017 ***
During this time, we will not be able to answer any email reservations and requests.
We will start answering emails from 11th Sep. 2017.
There could be some delay in responding to requests though.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for understanding.
PAPA, MAMA and COCO

2017/06/09

Notice of Holidays

【Notice of holidays】
Guesthouse KYOTO COMPASS will be closed during the following periods.
*** 10th Jun. 2017~20th Jun. 2017 ***
During this time, we will not be able to answer any email reservations and requests.
We will start answering emails from 21st Jun. 2017.
There could be some delay in responding to requests though.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for understanding.
PAPA, MAMA and COCO

2017/02/07

Notice of winter holidays

Guesthouse KYOTO COMPASS will be closed for the winter vacation during the following periods.
*** 10th Feb. 2017~28th Feb. 2017 ***
During this time, we will not be able to answer any email reservations and requests.
We will start answering emails from 1st Mar. 2017.
There could be some delay in responding to requests though.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for understanding.
PAPA, MAMA and COCO

2017/02/02

I went to SUNTORY YAMAZAKI DISTILLERY.

I went to SUNTORY YAMAZAKI DISTILLERY, it's the birthplace of Japanese whisky.
It takes 10 minutes by train from Kyoto station. Easily accessible!
I joined Yamazaki Distillery Tour(Paid.1,000 yen/80 mins).
Audio guide describing the production is available in English, Chinese and French.
In the beginning they introduced the craftsmen's dedication to producing a variety of distinctive whiskies at the Yamazaki Distillery.




It's wrapped up in the mellow fragrance.


Then I tasted the unblended whisky (not for sale) that made up Yamazaki Single Malt Whisky. 


The staff taught me how to tasting method of whisky.


Each whisky has its own color.


The pure 100% YAMAZAKI highball made with water from Yamazaki and ice cube.
This is number 1 highball in my life!!!


For a minimum charge, visitors can sample whiskies that can only be enjoyed at the distillery, including unusual vintage component or raw whiskies and unblended whiskies. 


You can make a reservation from their web site.
If you like to drink, please try and go!
I highly recommend here!!

SUNTORY YAMAZAKI DISTILLERY
http://www.suntory.com/factory/yamazaki/inspection/