Emerald eyesMt.Fuji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the center of virgin forests, plateaus, and beautiful coastlines. the majestic mountains of the Southern Alps, a UNESCO Eco Park. The Izu Peninsula, a UNESCO geo park retains its rugged natural appearance. Surrounded by the sea and mountains, Shizuoka Prefecture is rich in nature and is Japan’s largest treasure trove of food ingredients. There are 213 different kinds of agricultural and marine products that are a blessing of nature. We especially specialize in fine emerald experiences such as Japanese green tea, wasabi, and melons.
|Gyokuro＆Maccha (King and Queen of Green tea)||All the year||Central Shizuoka||2||Learn about and taste gyokuro, the highest grade of Japanese green tea, and maccha. Visit a tea garden in the sky, and be entertained in a centuries-old tea merchant’s cottage. Green tea and food pairings can be arranged.|
|Wasabi (Shogun’s Tears)||All the year||Central Shizuoka||2||Visit to areas recognized as World Agricultural Heritage sites（GIAHS）by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)|
|Strawberry (Shogun’s warm heart)||January to early May||Central Shizuoka||1|
|UNESCO Eco-Park in Shizuoka||All the year||Around Shizuoka||2||We can arrange a variety of Geopark activities, such as climbing in the mountains of the Southern Alps with a licensed and experienced mountain guide, walking in the villages of the Igawa district to learn about the history, culture, and daily life of the people, and playing in the river.|
Shizuoka Prefectureis the largest tea producer that takes approximately forty percent of tea production in Japan. Okabe region is known for Gyokuro production,the finest of tea. The long time tea making experiences and history made possible to create the luxury tea. Noble mellow , sweet taste and elegant aroma. Gyokuro is grown in different conditions from other teas. About 20 days prior to harvesting in May,the tea bush is covered with black curtains filtering the sunlight.
Health FunctionsGreen tea serves various health functions. In particular, it is known that the catechin compound, which is the component of green tea’s bitterness and astringency, serves various health functions. Among them are the antibacterial, sterilizing, and antiviral actions. The influenza virus enters the nose and throat, where it propagates and causes symptoms. A small quantity of the catechin compound known as the epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) powerfully suppresses the propagation of viruses. In other words, if you gargle with green tea, you can effectively block the growth of viruses in your nose and throat. Also, even research findings indicate that green tea has inhibitory effects upon even infections from seasonal influenza viruses and novel and variant influenza viruses. When you return home from being outdoors, make it a point to gargle with green tea and wash your hands.
YabukitaYabukita cultivar is the most popular tea plant and approximately 80% of all tea plant in Japan.it has high yield and the rich umami flavor.It was bred in Shizuoka a hundred or more years ago and extrapolated to whole Japan.The leaves can be harvested only for a short time each spring.