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Largest Producer of Green Tea in Japan

A Long Tradition

Shizuoka accounts for 45% of Japan’s overall tea production, and the prefecture is at the leading-edge of research on the benefits that can be obtained from green tea. Green tea plantations date back to 1241, when a monk named Shoichi Kokushi returned from Sung China to his native province of Shizuoka with green tea seeds, which were then planted in this area. Tea growing became economically important in Shizuoka after the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate, when a former retainer of the shogun began to cultivate green tea in Makinohara for its trade potential. Shizuoka’s climate, the quality of its water, as well as its proximity to major ports all enhanced this area’s position as a major green tea producer. Green tea comes in a number of different varieties suitable for drinking on different occasions.

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Tea field spreads at the foot of Mt. Fuji. (Courtesy of National Federation of Land Improvement Association)

Experience Green Tea in Shizuoka

From Tea Leaf Picking to Japanese Tea Ceremony

Shizuoka goes beyond simply producing tea and makes every effort to introduce the pleasures of tea to the world through a variety of facilities and events. The World Tea Museum, located in the well-known tea-growing area of Makinohara, offers detailed exhibits on tea, Japanese tea ceremony rooms, as well as regular events such as introductions to Chinese tea ceremony. The Kaori-no-Oka ("Fragrant Hill") Chapia also offers Japanese tea ceremony along with the chance to pick tea by hand and make it yourself. In the gardens of Kakegawa Castle, the Ninomaru Tearoom offers a traditional setting for sampling the famous local tea.

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The World Tea Museum in Makinohara

World O-CHA (Tea) Festival 2010

The 4th World O-CHA(Tea) Festival was held from October 28-31, 2010 at Shizuoka Convention and Arts Center“Granship”and other places in Shizuoka.
This event had attendees from 28 nations and attracted 89,000 visitors.

■Dates: October 28 ~ October 31, 2010
 (4th International Conference on O-CHA (Tea) Culture and Science was held from October 26 to 28, 2010.)
■Venue:
Shizuoka Convention and Arts Center “Granship” and other places
■Theme: “O-CHA is a universal word”
■Aims of the Festival:
 ・Creation and expansion of tea industry
 ・Creation and dissemination of tea culture
 ・Expansion of the demand for tea in the world
■Organizer:
The 4th World O-CHA (Tea) Festival Executive Committee, Shizuoka Prefecture, and Local Autonomy Center
■Main Programs
・World O-CHA (Tea) Trade Fair
・World Tea Utensil Contest
・World Green Tea Contest
・World Green Tea Conference 2010
・Tea Production・Culture・Interaction Tours
・Tea Parties from around the World
・New O-CHA (Tea) Styles Expressed by Fun, Creativity and feeling
・Exploring Japanese Tea Ceremony
・4th International Conference on O-CHA (Tea) Culture and Science




Opening Ceremoney



World Green Tea Conference 2010



World O-CHA(Tea) Trade Fair