Spring tea festivals & tea picking experiences
Green Tea, aka Japanese Tea is the representative drink of Japan. In Japan, tealeaves harvested in May are called “shincha (the first tea of the season),” and known for its natural sweetness. Especially, drinking tea, harvested on “Hachiju-Hachiya (eighty-eighth night counting from the beginning of spring),” which is equal to May 2nd, is believed as a good sign for sound health through the year. Therefore, shincha festivals are held at various locations around this period. Let’s go enjoy the first tea of the season in Japan!
A variety of tea experience “Uji shincha hachiju-hachiya tea picking (Uji new tea, the eighty-eighth day from the setting-in of spring gathering of tea pickers) ” (Uji, Kyoto Prefecture)
“Uji tea” is considered as one of two major tealeaves of Japan along with Shizuoka tea. This year again, “Uji shincha hachiju-hachiya tea picking” will be held on Tuesday May 2nd. You can experience new tealeaves picking, hand-rolling tea and many more at Uji tea party building, tea business center tea plantation
●Chamber Of Kyoto Prefecture Tea Public Interest Incorporated Association
●Ujicha Kaikan, 25-2 Ujiorii, Uji-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
Free Shincha tasting service at Shizuoka Station “Shizuoka Shincha Festival” (Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Between 3rd (National holiday) and 7th of May 2017, “Shizuoka Shincha Festival” will be held at the underground passage of Shizuoka Station north exit. They offer you a free shincha tasting (13:00-17:00, serving by the hour). Also, you can purchase specialty teas of more than 50 tea makers in Shizuoka city at Japanese tea café, “Kissa Issa.”
●Shizuchika Information Pocket, underground passage, JR Shizuoka Station north exit, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture
●Closed on Wednesdays (will be opened in case of national holiday. The next day will be closed instead)
Tea picking in a tea picker's costume “Yamakasho Chaen” (Kawanehoncho, Shizuoka Prefecture)
At a tea plantation in Kawanehoncho, Shizuoka, known as one of the best tea producing regions throughout the country, they lend a tea picking girls’ costume, and you can enjoy tea picking in it. You can also visit a tea factory, and taste some freshly made shincha at a direct sales store.
●Yamakasho Chaen (tea plantation)
●17 Motofujikawa, Kawanehoncho, Haibara-gun, Shizuoka Prefecture
●Business hours 8:30-18:00
●No scheduled holidays
●Costume rental (for women and girls) and tea picking experience: 1,600 yen/person *Reservation required / approximately one hour
Experience making Kamairicha (roast tea) “Golden-week (*) Shincha Fair”(Yame, Fukuoka Prefecture)
In the producing area of Yame tea, Shincha Festival will be held between 3rd and 5th of May (holidays). At the venue, “Cha no Bunkakan”, you can enjoy Kamairicha making experience such as pan-roasting and hand-rolling buds (500 yen), and stone mill tea grinding experience (500 yen for a short session).
(*) golden week: early May holidays
●Cha no Bunkakan
●10816-5, Hoshinomura, Yame-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture,
*The above information was last updated March 6, 2017. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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