6 Destinations for Green Tea Lovers –

For lovers of green tea Shizuoka is the Ultimate Travel Destination 

Here are SIX great spots to check out if you love Shizuoka Green Tea. 

Shizuoka Green Tea 

Shizuoka is perhaps most famous around the World as a leader in the production of Japanese Green Tea.

40% of all of Japan’s Green Tea is grown in Shizuoka so it is a reputation that is warranted and anywhere you go in the Prefecture you will see large and small plantations with row upon row of green tea hedges.

If you enjoy this iconic Japanese drink there are a number of different experiences waiting for you all through Shizuoka.

Lets travel down from Tokyo and Explore some of Shizuoka’s best Green Tea Destinations – 

MISHIMA STATION

KURAYA NARUSAWA – IZU NO KUNI

Traveling 20 minutes South of Mishima Station, on the Izu Hakone Line, is the small town of Izu Nagaoka in the Izu no Kuni area of Izu Peninsula.

Although Izu is not a big green tea producer there are a few smaller producers that offer visitors Shizuoka green tea experiences.

At Kuraya Narusawa (a 5 min taxi ride from Izu Nagaoka Station) you can dress in a traditional outfit and enjoy a tea picking experience in their onsite tea plantation – it is a small field but on a clear day offers a great view of the majestic Mt Fuji. 

After tea picking enjoy a Japanese BBQ lunch and try some of the craft beer brewed on site or visit the World Heritage Nirayama Reverbatory Furnace – an iron smelting facility used to make canons still standing after more than 150 years.

The town of Izu Nagaoka also boasts 1 of only 2 Geisha schools in Japan (the other is in Kyoto) and the Panorama Park Ropeway which offers spectacular views of Mt Fuji. 

SHIN FUJI STATION

OBUCHI SASABA – FUJI CITY

When you see travel books, magazines or articles about traveling in Japan the images invariably include shots of Mt Fuji. 

The most iconic of these shots normally include either Mt Fuji with the Bullet Train in the foreground, Mt Fuji with Chureito Pagoda (and possibly cherry blossoms) in the foreground or Mt Fuji with lines of neatly trimmed rows of green tea bushes in the foreground.  

The images of Mt Fuji with rows of Green Tea in the foreground are usually taken at Obuchi Sasaba or Imamiya Tea Plantations in Fuji City.

If you are wanting to get a memorable photo from your visit to Japan the best time to visit these plantations is mid-April through May.

The year’s first tea leaves are ready to be picked, the greens are vibrant, there is still snow on the peak of Mt Fuji and the Spring air is clear, crisp and relatively cloud free.

Both tea plantations are a 20 minute taxi ride from Shin Fuji Station. 

GREEN TEA

Stop at one of these Bullet Train stations in Shizuoka and try some of the many experiences on offer to gain a better understanding of Shizuoka Green Tea.

MISHIMA STATION 

Just South of Mishima Station is the small town of Izu no Kuni where you can try tea picking in traditional wear at Kuraya Narusawa.

Take a train North to Gotemba and enjoy an hour or so meeting & chatting over a cup of tea with a local farmer and gain more insight into their daily life. 

SHIN FUJI STATION

Obuchi Sasaba and Imamiya Tea Plantations provide some of the most iconic Mt Fuji & Green Tea images in Shizuoka and are both very popular destinations for budding photographers. 

KAKEGAWA STATION 

The castle town of Kakegawa offers visitors a chance to shop for some of the best, freshest green tea in the country.

Areas such as Makinohara and Shimada offer an opportunity to wander (or cycle) through green tea plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see.

For adventurous travelers a journey on a steam locomotive and spending a night at a tea farm in the depths of the Japanese Southern Alps is an opportunity not to be missed.

CHECK MT FUJI TRAVEL FOR GREEN TEA EXPERIENCES AROUND SHIZUOKA

SHIZUOKA STATION

MORIUCHI TEA FARM – SHIZUOKA CITY

One of the most striking green tea fields in Shizuoka is located about 20 mins by taxi from Shizuoka Bullet Train Station and Shizuoka City.

Located on a steep area of land that has been cultivating green tea since the Edo Period the Moriuchi Tea Plantation welcomes visitors to tour the plantation and experience all aspects of green tea production and preparation (picking, steaming and hand-rolling).

Relax in their 150 year old private home and learn more about why green tea is such an important part of Japanese life and learn more about the complexities of this drink.    

KAKEGAWA STATION

MAKINOHARA PLAINS –  MAKINOHARA & SHIMADA CITY

The “Makinohara Plains” or “Makinohara Uplands” are a stretch of green tea plantations that cover about 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres) of central Shizuoka Prefecture and  are said to make up 10% of all green tea fields in Japan.

The Makinohara Plains start just South of Shimada Station  which is a 18 minute train ride from Kakegawa Bullet Train Station or 27 minutes from Shizuoka Station on the JR Tokaido Line.

The tea plantations wind their way down from there circumnavigating the Mt. Fuji Shizuoka International Airport and end up on the Pacific Ocean Coast in Makinohara – a distance of over 20kms.

As most of the area is flat it makes for some great cycling experiences for cyclists of all levels and fitness levels – whether just spending a day cycling through the fields down to the coast and back or as a starting point to explore more of the coastline down to Hamamatsu and Lake Hamanako.

KAKEGAWA STATION

KAKEGAWA CITY 

With surrounding areas such as Makinohara, Shimada and Kawane, Kakegawa could be referred to as the Green Tea Capital of Shizuoka and in turn, arguably, the Green Tea Capital of the World. 

 For visitors that are interested in Japanese Green Tea but don’t have the time to visit many places in Shizuoka, or are nervous traveling off the beaten track,  then Kakegawa City is highly recommended. 

Not only is Kakegawa Station conveniently located on the Tokaido Bullet Train Line but there are a number of green tea experiences within walking distance of the station so you don’t have to worry about connecting trains or taxi rides – LINK.

SHIZUOKA OR KAKEGAWA STATION

KAWANE VALLEY – KAWANEHON TOWN

 As it is with Japan much of Shizuoka is mountainous with most of the population living on the, approximately, 500kms of coastline. 

 As you move inland from the coast you very quickly enter into a land of dramatic natural beauty, made up of rugged peaks and deep valleys, traveling alongside clear natural rivers flowing out to the coast.

Even in this environment, locals diligently tend to green tea plantations that grow a hardy variation of green tea that differs from what is grown on the bigger plantations on the lower Makinohara plain.

Take a journey on a Steam Locomotive and follow the Oi River up into the mountains and stay with a local to really experience life in Shizuoka.  

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