Makinohara  

The green tea fields on the Makinohara Plains make up 40% of Shizuoka’s total green tea production. Line up in neatly trimmed rows for as far as the eye can see.

Head down to the coast and find long stretches of surf beach a vibrant surf culture and a relaxed way of life.

Makinohara

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.

Shizunami, Maehama, Sagara and Kashima are the most popular beaches in the area and popular with sun lovers, surfers and families.

If you are lucky on a clear day (usually early morning) you can surf with a great view of Mt Fuji.

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.

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

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.

Makinohara Tourism Page – JPN

Kakegawa Station

Kakegawa Station is the 5th Bullet Train Station in Shizuoka along the Tokaido Line.

The city is famous as a castle town with a significant Samurai history and the surrounding area is one of the biggest producers of green tea in the World.

EXPERIENCE

If you enjoy green tea and want to understand more about the history, culture and complexities of this drink and why it is so important to the Japanese people.

Explore Samurai Castles, Ancient Zen Temples and beautiful Japanese gardens that give you a glimpse of life 300 hundred years ago.

EXPLORE

From Kakegawa Station there are a number of Off The Beaten Track destinations to explore.

Ride a Steam Locomotive up into the deep valleys of the Japanese Southern Alps or rent a car bring your bike and spend a couple of days to explore endless green tea plantations and long stretches of coastline and beach culture.

FAMILY

An easy walk from Kakegawa Station there are a number of great attractions that suitable for all ages.

Pick up a Kakegawa Day Passport and spend a day visiting Kakegawa Castle and the surrounding grounds and thrill the kids with a trip to the Bird Park to meet some colorful characters.

Check our Model Course for inspiration.

CHECK MT FUJI TRAVEL FOR EXPERIENCES AND ACTIVITIES EASILY ACCESSIBLE FROM KAKEGAWA STATION

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