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From the old merchants house from the Nineteenth Century, to an experience linking tea with Samurai and Geisha, here is a selection of some unique places for a Tea Ceremony, a quintessential Kyoto experience.
Wazuka is a traditional Japanese tea town, with picturesque scenery and mind-clearing, heart-warming Japanese tea. Its tea industry dates back more than 800 years with 300 families making tea today. There is a teatopia festival each November, and it makes a great day trip from Kyoto or Nara. Why not try its tea flavoured soba.
Retrace the steps of a forgotten princess in this sublime mountainside village just 40 mins north of Kyoto
Named after the traditional 'waraij' straw sandals, Fukushima's annual festival to mark the summer kicks off in early August.
Sandanbeki Cave is close to Wakayama's famous Shirahama Beach, at the bottom of a beautiful cliff-side view point. Visitors can explore this impressive cave that was once a hidden pirate's lair.
Ehime's Uwajima-jo is one of only 12 remaining castles in Japan with an original main keep. It sits on the top of a hill with sweeping views of Uwajima City and its harbor.
Whimsical or creepy, but definitely one of the weirdest places on Shikoku