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Tashiro-no-Mori Outdoor Tea Ceremony

This tour takes you inside Tashiro-no-Mori, a forest garden in Hiroo Town in Hokkaido’s Tokachi region. This forest is owned and managed by Yukihiro Izumi, who named it after his great grandfather Tashiro, a settler who moved to Tokachi during the pioneering days of Hokkaido. Streams and springs flow throughout the forest, and various wild flowers bloom all over the place from spring to autumn. Izumi-san will guide you around the forest and tell you all about its flora and fauna. After the walk, you’ll take a rest at a thatched hut and experience a “nodate” traditional outdoor tea ceremony with a Japanese tea instructor.

It took almost 20 years for Yukihiro Izumi to build the forest garden by himself, and he knows the place like the back of his hand. 

From spring onwards, the forest ground blooms with vast beds of wild flowers such as Japanese primrose, Trillium camschatcense, Anemone flaccida, and Glaucidium palmatum.

After the walk, you’ll visit one of the thatched huts in the forest, where you’ll experience an outdoor tea ceremony known as “nodate”. The ceremony is led by Japanese tea instructor Wako Ietsune.

The tea is made from natural ingredients and brewed using water from the forest’s natural springs. It’s a unique experience to enjoy tea and traditional Japanese sweets in the middle of nature.

Note: All images are for illustration purposes only. Your actual experience may vary.

Schedule

9:30 Meetup at Tashiro-no-Mori
9:35 Forest walk with Izumi-san
10:15 Outdoor tea ceremony
11:30 Tour finish
Tour name Tashiro-no-Mori Outdoor Tea Ceremony
Area OBIHIRO / TOKACHI
Category NATURE CULTURE/EVENT FLOWERS/GARDEN
Season SPRING SUMMER AUTUMN
Available period 2019 April 29-30 / May 1-5, 22-24, 29, 31 / June 13-17, 19-20, 22-24, 29, 31
Time 9:30-11:30 (2 hours)
Participants Minimum 1 person, maximum 10 persons
Fee ¥5,500 per person
*Participants must be at least 13 years old.
Optional
Services
Transportation by bus or taxi (inquire for details)
Included
Services
Guide fee, tea ceremony fee, tea, sweets, tour insurance
Not included Transportation costs
Things to bring Comfortable clothes and shoes for walking, hat
Meetup Location

Tashiro-no-Mori
Address: Monbetsu, Hiroo-cho, Hiroo-gun, Hokkaido
Access: From the Obihiro-Hiroo Expressway, exit at Churui-Taiki IC then drive southward along National Route 236 for around 17 kilometers. At the main traffic light in the Toyoni district, turn left and drive for around 2 kilometers.
Notes ・Please reserve at least 3 days in advance.
・Tours may be changed or cancelled due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

Cancellation Fee:
・2 or more days before the tour date: full refund
・1 day before the tour date: 40% of the tour fare
・On the day of the tour prior to the start time: 50% of the tour fare
・No show: 100% of the tour fare