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  • Tea is a cornerstone of Japanese culture.

  • And the town of Kakegawa, southwest of Mount Fuji, serves as one of the country's premier

  • producers of this tasty commodity.

  • Easily reachable as a side trip from Tokyo, this quaint town also boasts a noteworthy

  • castle and top-rated bird park, making this a destination I was eager to visit for myself.

  • I'm Sam Evans, staff writer for japan-guide.com, and over the next two days I'll be checking

  • out what Kakegawa has to offer.

  • Here's the plan:

  • On day one we'll take the shinkansen from Tokyo to Kakegawa, hopefully with a view of

  • Mt. Fuji along the way.

  • Once we arrive, we'll visit the castle grounds and then spend the evening exploring Honjin

  • Dori, an atmospheric restaurant street in the center of town that is a favorite of locals.

  • On day two, we'll start at the famous bird park, take a detour to see some stunning views

  • of Kakegawa's tea fields, and move on to Kiwi Fruits Country where we'll have a bbq

  • lunch, make our own tea, and pick kiwi fruit.

  • So follow along as we explore Japan's tea town, Kakegawa.

  • Day 1

  • Wow, heavy.

  • So we're here, we've arrived at Kakegawa Castle; and I'm dressed suitably in genuine

  • armor that, even though made recently, was manufactured with the exact same techniques

  • and materials that it would have been in centuries past.

  • We've arrived inside Kakegawa Castle.

  • Now, most Japanese castles that stand today are reconstructions that are made using concrete,

  • but Kakegawa Castle is special because it was the first to be reconstructed using wood

  • in the traditional way.

  • So now we're in the castle palace.

  • Now this castle palace is noteworthy, being one of only four in the country that has survived

  • since the feudal era.

  • Thank you very much.

  • You're welcome.

  • Day 2

  • So we're here at the Kakegawa Bird Park, considered by many to be the best in Japan.

  • And here as you can see there are a lot of residents that like a bit of company, and

  • I suspect, more than that, a bit of food.

  • So it's great to get down here and have a bit of a novel experience.

  • Kiwi Fruits Country Japan has eighty varieties, eight zero varieties, of kiwi fruits.

  • Let's go pick some.

  • So we can't eat the one I just picked because they typically need about two weeks to mature;

  • but we can eat one of these.

  • And with that, our time in Kakegawa has come to an end.

  • For more information about Kakegawa or to watch another video, click the links on the

  • screen now or head over to japan-guide.com, your comprehensive up to date travel guide

  • first hand from Japan.

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  • Happy travels.

Tea is a cornerstone of Japanese culture.

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