Do you think of "Kyoto" when you hear Japanese tea?
Certainly Kyoto is a city that is a symbol of Japanese culture.
However, the production of Japanese tea is not so active in Kyoto, and the production of tea by prefecture in Japan is only about 3% of the total amount of Japanese tea.
This time, we will introduce the main production areas and brands that you should know if you drink Japanese tea.
Shizuoka Tea (Shizuoka Prefecture)
Shizuoka Prefecture is Japan's largest tea-producing region. Many of the shops that sell Japanese tea overseas are also based in Shizuoka, so many of you may know this.
Shizuoka tea produces more than 40% of Japanese tea. The prefecture is a land suitable for tea cultivation, such as a large plateau, the foot of Mt. Fuji, and a rich river. Moderate rainfall and a warm climate are suitable for growing tea, but they also meet. The main production is sencha and deep-steamed sencha, but there are some areas where gyokuro is produced.
Kagoshima tea (Kagoshima prefecture)
It has the second largest production volume in Japan after Shizuoka prefecture. It is famous for brands such as "Chiran tea". .. Since it is located on the south side of Japan, the average temperature is relatively high and there are many tea gardens on the flat land, so it is a land suitable for mass production of tea. Since the picking of new tea begins in early April, it is also famous as the production center of "the earliest new tea in Japan".
Like Shizuoka, there are many sencha and deep-steamed sencha, but there are also many other green teas for processing. This green tea for processing is a relatively inexpensive tea to mix with sweets and drinks.
Ise tea (Mie prefecture)
It is a famous tea producing area with a history of 1,000 years. It has the third largest tea production in Japan after Shizuoka and Kagoshima. Sencha, Fukamushicha, Kabusecha, etc. are mainly produced in Ise tea. Among them, "Kabusecha", which contains a large amount of "theanine component" and is characterized by a faint sweetness, is the second largest in Japan and boasts a production volume of 30% or more.
Sayama tea (Saitama prefecture)
Sayama tea is characterized by a unique burning process called "Sayama burning". Saitama Prefecture is located near the capital city of Tokyo, so it is a tea that is often drunk around Tokyo. Saitama Prefecture has many mountainous areas and is relatively cold, so unlike Shizuoka and Kagoshima, tea leaves can only be picked twice a year.
Uji tea (Kyoto)
"Uji tea" is famous as a production center of high-class tea. It is produced in the area near Uji in Kyoto Prefecture, and has long been famous as a production center for high-quality tea. Probably still the most famous brand. It is mainly produced in sencha, but it is also characterized by a large amount of gyokuro and matcha.
Yame tea (Fukuoka)
With the exception of matcha, which drinks powder as it is, this region has the highest production of "Gyokuro," the highest-class type of green tea. Known as "Yame Gyokuro" in Japan, it is a tea-producing region with a long history. Gyokuro has about half the production of Japan as a whole. Of course, we also produce other Japanese teas such as Sencha and Kabusecha.