Trip Along the Oi River
Green tea culture of the Oi River where both a nostalgic feeling and modernity mix coexist.
Both the mountains and the sea are close to people’s livelihood in Suruga. Feel at one with nature in a tea field over a cup of tea.
Scenery of walking course from Hanazawa no Sato to Mankanho Hill
Hanazawa no Sato is a mountain village which lies in a valley. There is an uphill slope named Yakitsube Small Lane which is said to be the main Tokaido route in the Nara era. (The Nara era dates back over 1,000 years ago).
This area is designated as the Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings, because of the unique scenery with a combination of stone wall, old houses and nature.
You can enjoy walking around this area and seeing cultural properties. As you stroll by, you can also enjoy an abundance of nature along the walking path named Tokai Nature Trail. To cap off your visit, enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Fuji, the city center of Shizuoka, Suruga Bay, Yaizu Fishing Port, and the Southern Japan Alps mountain range from the top of Mankanho Hill.View Hanazawa no Sato Village
Transit to Yabuzaki-en Tea Farm - Directions via Google Maps
Learn about Gyokuro at Asahina, one of Japan's three largest Gyokuro production areas
Asahina area is one of Japan’s three largest Gyokuro production areas. The Yabusaki-en Tea Farm has cultivated “Asahina Gyokuro”, “Kabuse tea”, “Organic Cultivated Tea” and the like with tender loving care in the tea fields in this area over generations.
Gyokuro is cultivated by a method of shading the tea fields with Komo rice straw sheets for about 20 days before picking. By limiting the tea plants’ exposure to the sunlight, the sprouts of the tea leaves grow slowly which results in the leaves having a richer, more savory Umami and fuller body. You can visit the tea fields, experience picking tea leaves and their tea factory.
Yabusaki-en is reputed for its high-level cultivation skills using the shading method. Their tea farmers have carried on their rich Gyokuro cultivation method with great passion. The Gyokuro which they produce has an elegant aroma, a rich savory Umami, and a full body – reminiscent of a dashi broth.View Yabuzaki-en Tea Farm
Transit to Yoshida City and Koyama Castle Tower - Directions via Google Maps
Highlights of Koyama Castle
Koyama Castle is one of the best places to see cherry blossoms in spring. It is a popular place to enjoy cherry blossoms.
From the castle’s observation deck, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Suruga Bay, Makinohara Tea Fields, Mt.Fuji and the Southern Japan Alps mountain range.
The eels bred with the Oi River’s underground water in Yoshida Town is tender, rich tasting, has a lot of fat, and is said to be one of the best in all of Japan. There are many restaurants near Koyama Castle which specialize in preparing delicious eel dishes.View Yoshida City and Koyama Castle Tower
Transit to HAZ Cottage - Directions via Google Maps
HAZ cottage (with green tea experience)
This cottage is located near the beach and equally not too far from the city center, so it can be the base for sightseeing in the Makinohara area. We recommend you go cycling to Omaezaki Beach and the tea fields in Makinohara on a rental bike.
At the “HAZ Beer Stand”, which is adjacent to the camping site, we provide 8 kinds of craft beers and “Makinohara Ale”. You can chill out with the sound of the waves in the daytime and with twinkling stars at night.
At the cottage, you can enjoy green tea grown in “Kaneju Tea Farm”, which has over 100 years of green tea cultivating history in the Makinohara tea growing area. The green tea experience here will provide you with a rich and memorable time.View HAZ Cottage