Shizuoka is Japan’s top mountainous tea growing region based on the local-oriented traditions and history. Teas grown in the mountainous area have distinctive characteristics because the high elevations are blessed with rich fertile soils and freshwater resources. The high elevation tea producers grow a wide variety of unique terroir teas. The tastes reflect the individual producer’s personality embodied in how they live in harmony with the land and where the blessings of nature and its source of life – its pristine water has been preserved through generations. You may want to visit a tea farm in the mountainous area to experience their distinctive tea taste first-hand and their unison with the nature of the area as it is.
- The closest farms in the hilly interiors are a little more than a 20-minute drive from the JR Shizuoka Station.
- Suruga’s most time-honored tea production areas are found near each of the upper streams of the Abe, Warashina, Seto, Hanashi, and Asahina rivers. The hilly slopes along the clear streams have soils rich in minerals and provide good drainage. By taking advantage of the natural blessings and caring for the environment, these areas have become synonymous as the places where exclusive teas are being produced.
- Relatively large temperature difference between day and night, appropriate amount of rainfalls and the mist formed on the hilly slopes of the mountains bring out refreshing aroma in the tea grown in the area.
- The lightly-steamed teas produced in the mountainous region are renowned as well-balanced quality tea with a natural sweetness and mild astringency. The upper streams of the Asahina River are well-known as one of Japan’s best Gyokuro tea production areas.
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