How many tea regions of Japan can you name? Of course, you know Shizuoka (静岡) right? How about Uji (宇治)? There are many tea growing areas in Japan and each area has different characteristics in their teas. Today I’d like to introduce major tea regions.
SHIZUOKA (静岡): If you are a Japanese green tea fan, you should know Shizuoka. It is a prefecture known as “largest tea region” because nearly half of green tea in Japan are produced there. Shizuoka is the leading producer of Sencha and Sencha Fukamushi and people admire teas from Shizuoka for its quality.
KAGOSHIMA (鹿児島): Kagoshima prefecture is the second largest tea region of Japan following Shizuoka. The tea fields are well-organized and harvest is done mainly by machine resulting steady growth of production in recent years.
MIE (三重): Mie prefecture is the third largest tea region of Japan. It is famous as Sencha and Kabusecha.
UJI / KYOTO (宇治/京都): Uji in Kyoto prefecture is known as luxury tea production. It is a region mainly producing shade-grown teas such as Gyokuro and Matcha. Uji is also recognized as the cradle of Japanese green tea.
NISHIO / AICHI (西尾/愛知): Nishio in Aichi prefecture is one of the major Matcha production areas of Japan.
The following chart represents the production amount by prefecture in 2010.