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A Walk through the 800-year History of Japanese Tea

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STORY

Tea was first introduced to Japan from China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
In Kyoto’s Minamiyamashiro region, tea production techniques were established and different types of green tea were developed.
These include the matcha used in the tea ceremony, sencha for daily tea consumption, and gyokuro, which is regarded as one of the finest grades of green tea in the world.
For over 800 years, people living in this region have developed a wide variety of first-class teas and continue to be leaders in tea production and processing, while also continuing to make important cultural contributions to the lasting traditions of the tea ceremony.
Visitors to this region can experience the different developmental stages in the history of tea production through the beautiful tea fields, rows of wholesale shops and tearelated festivals.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Kyoto Sta.(Nara Line Rapid)〜JR Uji Sta.(Uhanuji Bus)〜Kogyodanchi-kuchi Sta.(Ujitawara)
    • JR Kyoto Sta.(Nara Line)〜JR Joyo Sta.
    • Kintetsu Kyoto Sta.(Kintetsu Kyoto Line Exp)〜Kintetsu Tanabe Sta.(Kyotanabe)
    • Kintetsu Kyoto Sta.(Kintetsu Kyoto Line Exp)〜Kintetsu Tanbabashi Sta.(By Walk)〜Keihan Tanba-bashi Sta.(Keihan Line)〜Keihan Yawata-shi Sta.(Yawata)
    • JR Kyoto Sta.(Nara Line)〜JR Kidu Sta.
    • JR Kyoto Sta.(Nara Line)〜JR Kidu Sta.(Yamatoji Line)〜JR Kamo Sta.(Nara-kotsu Bus)〜HigashiWaduka(Waduka)
    • JR Kyoto Sta.(Nara Line)〜JR Kidu Sta.(Yamatoji Line)〜JR Kamo Sta.(Kansai Line)〜JR Oogawara Sta.(Minamiyamashiro)
    • JR Kyoto Sta.(Nara Line)〜JR Tamamizu Sta.(Ide)
    • JR Kyoto Sta.(Nara Line)〜JR Kidu Sta.(Yamatoji Line)〜JR Kamo Sta.(Nara Line)〜JR Kasagi Sta.
    • Kintetsu Kyoto Sta.(Kintetsu Kyoto Line Exp)〜Kintetsu Shinhousono Sta.(Seika)

CONTACT

  • Office of The Director General for Regional Initiatives Promotion, Kyoto Prefectur
  • TEL:+81 75-414-4529