Single Origin Japanese tea farms

0 Kawane

  It is the small village in the north mountain part of Shiuzoka pref. They are producing a limited volume premium tea although tea farms in the south plains are large and producing huge volume value price tea. 

1 Makinohara

 It is the tableland in the south plains part of Shizuoka pref. Due to the long daylight hours peculiar to the tableland, the tea leaves grow thick and well, and strong tea can be made from those.

2 Ise

  Ise province is famous of Ise Jingu founded in 5th century by the emperor and it has been positioned as the top of thousands Shinto shrines in Japan. 

  Tea production in Ise started in the end of 9th century and the unique point of Ise tea is covered method. This method covers tea leaf before harvest. It enables less bitter and more sweet & umami tea.

3 Sayama

Local farmers in Sayama area have been producing tea instead of rice because of soil since the beginning of 19th century. There is a local tea laboratory today and it developed many new cultivars for local tea farmers.

4 Mimasaka

  Mimasaka is one of the oldest tea production area starting in 12th century by Buddhist priests.
Local tea farmers developed very unique sundried method in the middle centuries and a few local farmers are still keeping this method today.

5 Yoshino

 Yoshino is the deep forest mountain area of Nara pref. It was the famous holy ground and many Buddhist temple and Shinot shrine were built in the middle century. They are producing sundried tea by the local traditional method even today. 

6 Ena

Ena city is located on Nakasendo which had been the main road between Kyoto and east Japan until motorization in 20th century.  There were many post towns on Nakasendo and local farms developed tea farms under Ena mountain and thier tea was served to tourist passing Nakasendo.

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