Tour of Japan’s No.1 Tea Producing Region,
SURUGA

Mountains, rivers, seas… Suruga has them all...
Suruga’s northernmost border meets the Southern Japan Alps mountain ranges soaring to altitudes above 3,000 meters high. In Suruga’s (the old name of Shizuoka) mountainous areas, its people live as one with nature to sustain the forests.
Suruga’s southernmost towns touch the Suruga Bay which plunges to a depth of 2,500 meters is the deepest point in all of Japan. The people here maintain a comfortable distance with nature.
Come and enjoy the tastes and flavors of teas grown in this distinctive tea producing region.

A trip to Suruga invites you to a beautiful tea world where you can feel it with your five senses. The teas created here are infinitely evolving owing to the differences in temperatures, altitudes, seasons, farming and processing techniques.
You may want to seek your preferences of colors, aromas and nostalgic tastes in the areas which produce the teas best suited to your liking.

All experiences packaged in the Suruga Tea Tour are a montage of sorts which is inspired by Shizuoka’s climate, which has endeared it as the best place for producing tea coupled with its rich tea culture which dates back centuries along with its enviable production and processing techniques, culminating in its prized tea distribution system.

OCHA TERROIR

Enjoy the diverse variety of Japanese tea terroirs in the four (Central, Mountain, Bay and Oi River basin) treasured tea producing areas of Suruga. As you embark on a unique gastronomical quest to seek out its charms, you will end up being awed by the reverence to nature of SURUGA through the personalities of the pioneers of the tea culture.
The tour offers the opportunity to fully explore and enkindle a sense of closeness with tea.

THINGS TO DO

Overall, the Suruga area has an ideal climate, natural features, and a variety of green teas grown in its expansive area stretching from east to west.
Green tea tourism, where people visit tea farmers or tea masters and experience green tea tasting, is here to stay.
Some visitors buy single-origin tea, while others buy blended teas.