The map below highlights the main tea growing regions of Japan.
Some teas are associated with certain areas due to long history or exceptional production, such as matcha from Uji in Kyoto, the gyokuro of Yame in Fukuoka, or sencha of Kagoshima and Shizuoka.
By far, the most productive tea-growing regions are Shizuoka, producing nearly half of Japan’s tea at 45%, and Kagoshima, producing about 20%. Surprisingly, Shizuoka’s topography is dominated by mountains and hills, not allowing for large-scale plantations or big farming equipment. The vast majority of Shizuoka’s tea farms are still operated as family farms or small farming cooperatives.