Shizuoka,Mt.Fuji province is the largest green tea producer in Japan. Going to see the fresh green velvety field is worthwhile especially in Spring. Besides green tea Shizuoka is also luxury food capital in Japan. We will create your life time memory trip to Mt.Foodie province.
tea tour program / It is not your average tour experience. We take you into our green tea field , manufacturing facility and closed green tea market .so you get to be in the heart of the action
Green tea is the most consumed beverage in Japan.After being harvested the tea leaves are steamed and dried almost immediately to prevent oxidation and green tea retains its fresh color and rich flavor
Green 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.
Among the 80,000 t of green tea, a meager value of less than 300 t constitutes the precious king of teas, Gyokuro. Gyokuro is a shade-grown tea, a cultivation technique which produces large amounts of theanine, a type of amino acid.The taste features a mellow sweetness and a savory umami you can feel on your tongue What is more, there are those who exclaim in surprise, “It has an aroma just like nori, seaweeds. It is just like dashi!”
Dashi is a stock used as a base in various Japanese dishes such as noodle dishes, hot pots, and stews. It is made by boiling down the essences of such ingredients as dried bonito, kombu, and dried sardines into a stock. Dashi stock contains large amounts of glutamic acid and inosinic acid, the main components in the savory flavor of “umami,” so using dashi for cooking adds in delicate flavors through “umami.” From cheese to chocolate, come enjoy the many playful food pairings that Gyokuro from Asahina in Shizuoka l, Mt Fuji and foodie province has to offer.
88th Nights falls on the 1st or 2nd of May .Counting from Risshun ,the first day of Spring in the traditional Japanese calendar the 88th day is called 88th Night , Hachiju hachiya. We believe that the tea picked on 88th day is high-quality tea and To drink it will give you good health for one year.
the Okabe region in Shizuoka is also known for high quality Maccha production. Maccha ,Powdered green tea is widely used also as an ingredient for various cuisine like bright green color ice cream with unique aroma and taste. “Green Tea Lattes” at Starbucks as well.
hand-picked soft top tea leaves are steamed and dried. After that the stems and veins are removed and ground by a set of millstones to make green powdered tea.
Yabukita 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.
Harvest season is just around the corner.a couple of weeks prior to picking, tea trees for Gyokuro and Maccha will be covered with Kanreisha, straw or black curtains. Protecting trees from direct sunlight is done to produce more Chlorophyll and L-Theanine. Premium Gyokuro and maccha are commonly made from the first harvest.
Shizuoka prefecture is 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
This year’s first tea auction in Shizuoka,largest tea producer in our country ,was held on 18th April,today. A hand-rolled tea brought 1.09 million yen/ 1 Kg to become the most expensive one ever sold at the auction