Would you like Japanese tea?
Nowadays, Japanese tea become worldwide and many foreign tourists enjoy Japanese green tea with Japanese sweets during their Japan trip!
Even though you can’t visit to Japan, you might be able to find green tea snack in your country.
Japanese tea is produced in many areas in Japan, and Nara is also known for its tea.
Nara’s Japanese tea called Yamato-cha has long history if we compared with other places of tea production.
It is believed that tea plant seeds were brought back to Japan from China by monk Kukai who settled Mt. Koya in 806. Subsequently, those seeds were planted in Uda, located in the east part of Nara prefecture. It is said to be the origin of Yamato-cha.
Afterwards, Yamato-cha was spread widely among the temples as it is deeply linked with Buddhism. In the 15 century, Murata Juko from Nara founded Wabi-cha style of the Japanese tea ceremony, which emphasizes simplicity.
Yamato-cha is primarily produced in the mountains of the Yamato Highlands which is located in northeast area in Nara prefecture. Yamato Highland has cool climate, fresh air, rich water and fertile land and that condition and harmony are suitable for growing high quality tea trees.
Yamato-cha has the following features: rich flavor with beautiful green color, organic, refreshing taste and hand-rolled tea.
You can enjoy Yamato-cha at café in Nara or buy at some shops for souvenirs.