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Japan’s Largest Producer of Green Tea

A Long Tradition

Green tea is a hugely important product of Shizuoka Prefecture. Shizuoka accounts for 40% of Japan’s overall tea production, and the prefecture aims to make the most of this dominance by conducting cutting-edge research on the functional benefits of green tea. Green tea plantations here date back to 1241, when a monk named Shoichi Kokushi planted green tea seeds obtained during a trip to Song China near his hometown in present-day Shizuoka Prefecture. Following the end of the Edo period in the second half of the nineteenth century, a former retainer of the Japanese shogun, recognizing the trade potential of green tea, began cultivating it in Makinohara. This was the beginning of tea as a cash crop in Shizuoka. Shizuoka’s climate, along with its water quality and proximity to major ports, has since solidified its status as a major region for green tea production. In addition, Shizuoka’s green tea comes in a number of different varieties, giving it significant versatility.

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Tea fields stretching over a large expanse at the foot of Mount Fuji (courtesy of the National Federation of Land Improvement Associations)

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Experience Green Tea in Shizuoka

From Tea Leaf Picking to Japanese Tea Ceremonies

Shizuoka goes beyond simply producing tea and makes every effort to introduce the pleasures of tea to the world through a variety of tea-themed 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, and regular events, such as introductions to Chinese tea ceremonies. Kaori-no-Oka (Fragrant Hill) Chapia also offers Japanese tea ceremonies as well as programs for visitors to pick tea leaves and make tea themselves. In the gardens of Kakegawa Castle, the Ninomaru Tearoom offers a traditional setting for sampling the famous local tea. Come to Shizuoka and experience for yourself all that tea has to offer at one of these locations.

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The World Tea Museum in Makinohara