Explore Japan’s Teas

Tea is said to have come to Japan from China by way of some Buddhist monks. Today, tea is very much an important part of everyday subsistence there, as much so as rich, fish, and a variety of plant and ocean life. Chanoyu (the tea ceremony) is also an important part of their culture.

The tea growers in Japan, though, face some serious challenges: smaller land areas on which to grow tea as more building of houses and other structures spreads out from nearby towns and cities, plus fewer of the younger generation being interested in the laborious pursuit of growing, processing, and selling tea. They have support, though, from people who want to see this wonderful tea industry survive. We present these teas and tea sellers as part of that effort.

Also see our guide to Japanese teas and tea plants in the right-hand column of this site.


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Most independent tea growers have their own processing factory, often including the special equipment to do the finishing steps in the processing of the tea leaves. Some outsource these final steps, though.

Banchas

Sun grown older teas. See more information in our Guide to Japanese Teas.

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Aki-Bancha
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Awabancha
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Bancha Loose Leaf
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Hakuta Bancha
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Kageboshi Hikage Bancha
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Kyobancha
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Mimasaka Bancha
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Yanagi Bancha
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Yoshino Nikkan Bancha
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Senchas

Sun grown younger teas. See more information in our Guide to Japanese Teas.

Shincha sencha
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Asamushi Sencha
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Chumushi Sencha
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Futsumushi Sencha
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Netto Sencha
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Sencha Loose Leaf
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Sencha Loose Leaf
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Sencha Loose Leaf
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Aracha Kesencha Yabukita
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Matchas

Shade grown finely ground teas.

See more information in our Guide to Japanese Teas.

Grades:

  • Ceremonial
  • Culinary Premium
  • Culinary Café
  • Culinary Ingredient
  • Culinary Kitchen
  • Culinary Classic
Matcha Haru Kasumi Ceremonial Matcha
From Sazen Tea
Premium Culinary Matcha
From Jade Leaf Matcha
Culinary Grade Matcha
From DoTeaCo
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Premium Matcha
From Full Leaf Tea Co.
Culinary Matcha
From Tealyra
Premium Matcha
From Tealyra
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Samidori Matcha
From ObubuTea
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Matcha Genmaicha
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Matcha Genmaicha
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Gyokuros

Shade grown unground teas. See more information in our Guide to Japanese Teas.

Uji Gyokuro Yabukita
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Uji Tezumi Gyokuro
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Gyokuro Hisui
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Gyokuro Kisekirei
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Gyokuro
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Uji Gyokuro Yabukita
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Gyokuro
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Karigane Gyokuro
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Gyokuro Uguisu
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Netto Gyokuro Uji
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Kirishima Gyokuro Saemidori
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Uji Gyokuro Gokou
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Other Teas

See more information in our Guide to Japanese Teas.

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Batabatacha
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We hope you will be inspired to go searching for even more choices. There are hundreds, so we can’t include them all here.

Some Tea Sellers in Japan and/or Selling Japanese Teas

Note: This site is an ongoing project. Additional information will be added to it as needed and as time allows.

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