Yamato tea and its growing area, Japanese organic tea


Tawara Natural Farm

・History of Yamato Tea
In 806, Kobo Daishi (Kukai) brought back tea seeds from Tang Dynasty China and planted them in Uda City, Nara Prefecture, which is said to be the first cultivation of Yamato tea.

Yamato-cha, a specialty of Nara Prefecture, is grown in Nara City, Yamazoe Village, Uda City, Oyodo Town, Higashi-Yoshino Village and other areas in the northeastern part of Nara Prefecture.
At an altitude of 200 to 500 meters, there is a large temperature difference between day and night, which allows the tea buds to grow slowly, resulting in a fragrant, astringent, yet refreshing flavor.

The tea produced in the Tawara area of Nara City, where our tea plantation is located, has long been known by the nickname “Tawara tea”.
In 1881, sencha tea was awarded a prize at the National Industrial Exhibition.

Tawara tea, grown in a harsh natural environment at a high altitude, has a deep flavor and is a healthy tea that is delicious up to three rounds and contains more catechins.

・Yamato Plateau, Tawara
Loocated in the eastern part of Nara City, in the mountains behind Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine.

Takes about 30 minutes to reach by car from the city center, and the altitude is about 400 meters. A plateau area rich in nature with paddy fields and tea plantations.

There are also the mausoleum of an emperor from the Nara period (710-794) and the grave of O-no-Yasumaro, the compiler of the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters), making this satoyama a Japanese “mahoroba” full of rich nature and history.

Tawara Natural Farm uses natural farming methods to grow tea in an environment as close to nature as possible, without using any pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

Importers and wholesalers are welcome.
Suppliers who are planning to deal in tea are also welcome.
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