THE LANDSCAPE OF JAPAN'S TEA
The mountainous areas have long been well-known for producing premium teas grown with great care on farms at high elevations interspersed with the rich forests and irrigated by waters from the pristine streams.
Shizuoka is Japan’s top mountainous tea growing region based on local-oriented traditions and history. The high elevations yield fertile soil and freshwater resources, which give mountain-grown teas their distinctive flavors and characteristics. High elevation tea producers grow a wide variety of unique terroir teas. The tastes embody the individual producers’ personalities, generations of preserved tea practices and the farmers’ harmonious lifestyles with the land and nature. Visit tea farms in Suruga's mountainous areas to experience their distinctive tea flavors, sustainable practices and passion first-hand.
The closest farms in the hilly interiors are roughly 20-minute drives from JR Shizuoka Station.
Suruga’s most time-honored tea production areas are located near the upper streams of the Abe, Warashina, Seto, Hanashi, and Asahina rivers. The slopes along these clear streams are abundant in mineral rich soils and provide good drainage. For generations, farmers have utilized, cared for and preserved the region’s natural blessings, making these areas synonymous with premium and exclusive tea production.
The relatively large day and nighttime temperature differences, sufficient rainfall and mountainside mists bring out the refreshing aroma and acclaimed tastes of Suruga’s teas.
Suruga’s lightly-steamed mountain teas are renowned for being well-balanced with natural sweetness and mild astringency. The upper streams of the Asahina River are one of Japan’s best Gyokuro tea production areas.
Gyokuro no Sato
Moriuchi Tea Farm
Country Life Experiences at an Old Waterwheel Village
Washizu Green Tea Stencil Dye Fabric Workshop
Yabuzaki-en Tea Farm
KANEBUN Tea Farm
Green Eight Café
Nukumori-en Yururi Farm Stay Inn
Happy Mukoujima-en Tea Farm
Murakami Tea Garden
NaturaliTea, Tsubaki Tei
Shidajima-en Tea & Wasabi Farm
Tea Terrace Ichinose
Mori no Akaoni
Fujieda City Ceramic Art Center
Satoen Tea Cafe
Asahi-en (Station Store)
Cha no Me
Kawane Tsuchiya Tea Farm
Kawane Tea terrace Ochanoma