The green tea fields on the Makinohara Plains make up 40% of Shizuoka’s total green tea production. Lined up in neatly trimmed rows for as far as the eye can see.
GREEN TEA & SURF BEACHES
GREEN TEA PLANTATIONS, SURF BEACHES & LAID BACK LIFESTYLE
The Makinohara area in Shizuoka is most famous for its Green Tea.
The “Makinohara Upland / Plains” area was developed and cultivated to grow green tea after the Meiji Restoration of 1868 by a former retainer of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
Today tea plantations and fields stretch for more than 20 kilometers from Kanaya Station in Shimada all the way to the Pacific Ocean coast in Makinohara covering an area of more than 12,000 acres (5,000 hectares).
GREEN TEA FIELDS / GREEN PIA –
One of the larger plantations on the Makinohara Plains is managed by Greenpia which, between April and October, offers visitors a chance to learn every aspect of Green tea including cultivation, picking and processing.
Greenpia also has an onsite restaurant that uses green tea in a variety of different ways in the cuisine it offers and a store where you can try different green teas and different green tea flavors of ice cream.
BEACH LIFE –
Makinohara is blessed with long stretches of white sand beaches along the Pacific Ocean coast that produce some great waves.
In the Summer the beaches are a popular destination for locals looking to escape the heat and a laid back beach culture has slowly developed over the past few years.
Along the coast line many cafes, surf shops and other businesses have opened in recent years and if you are looking for a laid back way to spend a day grab a bicycle and spend a day exploring what the area has to offer.
OGANE FAMILY RESIDENCE –
The Ogane Family Residence, a family home built in the 18th Century, is open to the public and provides visitors a glimpse of what rural Japanese life would have been like in the Edo Era.
The surrounding gardens are popular, and most famous for, the hydrangeas that bloom from late May through to the end of June.
Also popular is the connected Kadozen Restaurant which serves delicious fresh soba noodles and tempura made with locally sourced vegetables.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Late May to Early July is a popular time to visit due to the hydrangeas in bloom but can be busy as many people visit the 300 year old Oganeke Gardens for lunch. #Oganeke
If you are interested in cycling or bike packing a trip from Kakegawa Station through the Makinohara Plain green tea plantations down to the Coast and then following the coastline through Omaezaki to Hamamatsu and Lake Hamanako in April / May or Sep / Oct is highly recommended.