Kinko-cho tea

The first flush green tea in mainland Japan
An aromatic and mildly sweet taste

Kagoshima Prefecture is the second largest tea-producing area in Japan after Shizuoka. It is said that tea cultivation began in Kagoshima Prefecture during the Kamakura period(1185-1333), before the development of full-scale production as an industry in the Meiji period(1868-1912).

The skills and souls of artisans which inhabit this lush green land

Kinkō-cho tea

The sea breeze and blessings of the plateau bring the pride of Kinkō-cho, Kagoshima Prefecture

Two major tea-producing areas, Shizuoka and Kagoshima share the common feature of volcanic ash plateaus spread widely across the lands.
Our town is blessed with the optimum conditions for tea cultivation owing to its volcanic ash plateau with good drainage, in addition to its warm climate.
Indeed, fine tea is produced through the blessings of the volcanoes, warm climate, and the constant efforts of artisans put their heart and soul into producing tea.

Kinkō-cho

Kinkō-cho tea Coast-town Ōnejime tea

The first flush green tea in mainland Japan
A rich, fragrant, and mildly sweet taste

In the coastal town of Onejime, the picking of new tea leaves starts earlier than anywhere else in mainland Japan due to its warm climate. Therefore you can enjoy the first flush tea ahead of other areas.
In addition, Onejime town is the first place in Kagoshima Prefecture to produce deep-steamed tea. It is possible to control the bitterness by fully steaming the soft, fat tea leaves and turning it into a sweeter-tasting tea.
Onejime tea is called "Green diamond" because of its beautiful deep green color, in addition to the characteristic sweetness of deep-steamed tea.

Coast-town Ōnejime tea Ōnejime tea

Kinkō-cho tea Mountain-town Tashiro tea

This tea grown in a cold upland area among the mountains has a refreshing sweetness and rich aroma

Located at an altitude of 400m, the mountain town of Tashiro benefits from land that is optimal for tea cultivation due to the extremes of temperature. This historic tea-producing town has records from before the Meiji era showing that the Shimazu clan, who has held their territory across the prefecture, collected tea as a tax instead of rice. It was during the Taisho era that the name "Tashiro tea" first became widely known, both within and outside of Kagoshima Prefecture, owing to its quality. Tea merchants in Kyoto would even request Tashiro tea due to it being as good as Uji tea, which is the finest tea in Kyoto. Since the cool climate also lends itself well to organic cultivation, producers in Tashiro town have been focusing on organic tea cultivation in recent years.

Mountain-town Tashiro tea Tashiro tea

List of producers

Imamura Seicha Co., Ltd.

Imamura Seicha

Producer's wish

To keep producing tea with a bud taste.

Inquiry

URL:https://www.facebook.com/imamuraseicha/

Jyounoshita Seicha Ltd.

Jyounoshita Seicha

Producer's wish

Flavorful, powerful, and rich tea produced through the specific making of soil and a tea plantation.

Inquiry

URL:http://www.jonoshitaseicha.co.jp/index.html

Imaguma Seicha Co., Ltd.

Imaguma Seicha

Producer's wish

Aiming to make tea to soothe you in your tea break.

Inquiry

TEL:0994-22-1308

Onejime Fukamikai

Ōnejime Fukamikai

Producer's wish

Rich tea made using a blend of the best tea brought by young hopes in Onejime, Kinko-cho.

Inquiry

URL:https://www.facebook.com/fukamikai/

Tashiro Chagyoseinenbu Ryokukoukai

Ryokukoukai

Producer's wish

We would like you to drink our aromatic tea produced in a beautiful landscape.

Inquiry

URL:https://www.facebook.com/ryokukoukai/

Tabata Masahiro

Tabata Masahiro

Producer's wish

Please visit Tashirobanzan, a place of scenic beauty.

Inquiry

MAIL:mlumi.ccn@gmail.com

Ikeda Kousei

Ikeda Kousei

Producer's wish

Taste our delicious "Tashiro tea"!

Inquiry

URL:https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100030637941070

Igakura Hiroaki

Igakura Hiroaki

Producer's wish

Drink my tea!

Inquiry

MAIL:Igakuri-7.29@docomo.ne.jp

Nomoto Teruo

Nomoto Teruo

Producer's wish

Have a heartful cup of tea.

Inquiry

TEL:0994-25-3320

Matsunoshita Seicha Factory

Matsunoshita Seicha

Producer's wish

Have a cup of tea.

Inquiry

MAIL:hirokazu@ryoma-inc.co.jp

Tashiro Yamasaka Ltd.

Tashiro Yamasaka

Producer's wish

We will be growing together with the community.

Inquiry

TEL:0994-25-3350

Imamura Seicha Co., Ltd.

Jyounoshita Seicha Ltd.

Imaguma Seicha Co., Ltd.

Ōnejime Fukamikai

Tashiro Chagyou Yg Ryokukoukai

Tabata Masahiro

Ikeda Kousei

Igakura Hiroaki

Nomoto Teruo

Matsunoshita Seicha Factory

Tashiro Yamasaka Ltd.