Green Tea (and Matcha) is one of the most beloved Japanese food product, and has a lot of fans across the world. Japanese teas are not only popular for drinking but also for desserts and food products today.
Tea plants are tend to grow in warm places and the suitable climate for tea plantation is an average temperature of 14–16 degrees and over 1,300mm annual precipitation. There are over 100 brands of tea in Japan, and taste and flavour differ depending on the region with the climate and the cultivating techniques.
In this article, I’m introducing 3 tea producing regions in Japan which are often entitled for “the 3 Greatest Japanese Tea”. If you are a tea/Matcha lover who wish to have the best tea experience in Japan, you should definitely visit there! I have also listed some of recommended tours by Unique Experience Japan to maximise your Japanese tea experience. So let’s check them out!
1. Uji Tea
Speaking of green tea, Kyoto is the most famous city in Japan for traditional tea ceremony and delicious Matcha tea products, and it’s one of the top tourist attractions of the city. The finest Matcha products are popular souvenir among tourists and there are well-preserved tea houses where you can taste delicious and beautiful Matcha desserts, or practice traditional tea ceremony.
The premium tea and Matcha products are produced in Uji City in Southern Kyoto. Uji Tea is considered as the highest quality tea in Japan and best known for its rich flavour. In Uji City, green tea leaves are used not only for drinking, but for many products such as desserts, soba noodle, bread and beer, and there are several spots where visitors can have unique hands-on tea experiences.
Want to explore the deep tea culture of Kyoto?? Then explore Uji City with a local guide to have a variety of unique Matcha experience and see the best highlights of the city in one day! Check the link below to find more details about the tour, and use the discount code “5DC2FHGN” exclusively available for my readers!
2. Shizuoka Tea
Shizuoka Prefecture is the highest tea producing region in Japan which is responsible for over 40% of the tea production in the whole country. There are over 20 tea plantations with own brands in Shizuoka Prefecture cultivating high-quality tea with the mild climate and high production technology suitable for tea making.
The tea plantation in Shizuoka Prefecture is not only famous for the premium green tea leaves, but also the stunning scenery collaborating with Mt Fuji. Shizuoka Tea is best known for its vivid green colour, therefore the tea plantation offers picturesque scenery with the contrast between green tea leaves and the blue sky, and fascinates a lot of photographers. Some of tea plantations such as Obuchi Sasaba and Imamiya are popular photo spots attracting visitors during the season (April to May). Also tea leaves picking is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the prefecture.
3. Sayama Tea
Sayama Tea is a type of tea leaves produced in the southwestern region of Saitama Prefecture and Northwestern Tokyo including Iruma City, Tokorozawa City and Sayama City. Sayama Tea might not be as famous as Uji or Shizuoka tea, but has a very long history of cultivating teas and it’s one of the first region started tea plantation in Japan around 800 years ago.
Sayama Tea is renowned for its rich and deep flavour. Sayama Tea is characterised with its thick leaves to survive in cold weather and also known for the unique technique used for the roasting process, which result the distinctive flavour of Sayama Tea. It’s the biggest tea producing region in Kanto region, and one of the most accessible tea spots from Tokyo. In the city, there are several cafes and restaurants where you can taste the flavourish Sayama Tea in various ways!
Have the unique Japanese tea experience near Tokyo! A local guided tour is available around Iruma City, Saitama which takes you to various unique spots related to Sayama Tea. Click the link below to find more details about the tour, and use the discount code “5DC2FHGN” exclusively available for my readers!