Japanese tea is trending in Japan, with tea specialty cafes and shops opening one after another in Tokyo. Discover the appeal of Japanese tea through this article, which will take you to the famous tea-producing prefecture, Shizuoka.
Full of Exhibitions and Experiences Related to Tea
Tea Museum, Shizuoka (Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture), which opened in March 2018, is a museum dedicated to tea. It is a place where you can learn facts like the history, culture, and usage of tea from not just Shizuoka, but from Japan and around the world. One of its appeals is the wide range of experiences offered, including tea ceremonies and matcha (powdered green tea) grinding.
■ Tea Museum, Shizuoka
Address: 3053-2 Kanaya Fujimi-cho, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka
Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (last entry 4:30 pm), Tea room 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (last entry 3:30 pm)
Cafe and restaurant 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm)
Holidays: Tuesday (closed the next weekday if Tuesday is a national holiday)
Fee: Entrance fee of 300 JPY/adult
The Largest Tea Field in Japan - Shizuoka's Iconic Tea Field
Makinohara Plateau (from Shimada City to Omaezaki City) is a plateau around the lower reaches of Oi River that’s covered with tea fields as far as the eye can see. Makinohara Park can be found in a corner of Shimada City’s tea fields. You can experience panoramic views of Oi River, the majestic Mt. Fuji, and Suruga Bay on days with good weather.
Enjoy Teas From Kawane Through Drinks and Sweets
YOU (Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture) is a tearoom run by Asahi-en, a purveyor of teas from Kawane. It serves a variety of teas from Kawane together with foods and sweets. It has a unique menu that can’t be missed, containing delicacies like the weekend-only Tea Burger (680 JPY) with a special sauce.
Address: 4693 Minari, Kawane-cho, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka
Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Holidays: Monday - Thursday
You'll Get Addicted to the Delicious Taste of Japanese Sweets Made With Kawane Teas
Miura (Shimada City, Shizuoka) is a Japanese sweets shop that opened in 1926. It offers a selection of quality sweets, including the Ocha Yokan (324 JPY/pack of 3), which won the Gold Medal at the 25th National Confectionary Exposition. Many of its sweets are made using teas from Kawane.
The tea-producing area, Shizuoka, is full of places to enjoy Japanese teas. Aim to become an “expert in Japanese teas” and pay the area a visit!
Address: 717-5 Ieyama, Kawane-cho, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Holidays: Wednesday (open if it is a National Holiday)
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 05.25.2018]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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