2017 Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan | Tea Fields of Wazuka

May 28 | Evan | No Comments |

After a few days in Kyoto, the small group of photographers on the 2017 Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan headed to the outskirts of Kyoto to Wazuka.  Wazuka is a green tea farming town, considered by many to grow some of the finest, if not the finest, green tea in Japan, which means the world most would argue.  For our stay in Wazuka we stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast literally in the tea fields, The Blodge Lodge.  While the cherry blossoms had caught up to us in Kyoto, here in Wazuka the cherry blossoms were a few days behind for the most part and unfortunately, we had mostly rainy and misty weather for the 2 nights we stayed in Wazuka.  

Even with less than ideal weather, it was easy to see that our photography tour was in for a treat.  First and foremost, the couple running the bed and breakfast, Michael and Ikuko are wonderful and went above and beyond our expectations.  Also the meals we had there were wonderful as Ikuko is a wonderful cook.  In hindsight, I wish I had done some food photography of the food she prepared and of the tea tasting experience she provided for us.  Guess that means I need to go back!

Photography wise, the weather and lack of light impacted what we could do with the tea fields as I really wanted more contrast in the lines between the tea trees, but I still came away with quite a few good photographs. Though the clouds did sometimes make for some cool photos, I was still wishing for some more light and more cherry blossoms!  Again, it only means I have to go back!

The 2017 Cherry Blossom Photography Tour of Japan took our small group of photographers to Tokyo, Hiroshima, Miyajima, Kyoto, Wazuka and Fuji Five Lakes.  Take a look at the 2017 Cherry Blossom Tour Trip report to see more from our tour of Japan during cherry blossom season. Want to visit Japan during cherry blossom season with Japan Photo Guide?  The 2018 Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan for photographers has limited spaces available, book now!