Magnificent scenery with mountainous valleys and open plains Centuries of tradition and rich cultural heritage A welcoming rural community Award-winning gyokuro... If the above descriptions resonate with you, Yame may just be the tea haven for you! And today on the fall equinox, we will be touching on Yame as one of the major tea producing regions in Japan but also to share with you what makes their gyokuro shine.
Kagoshima is the 2nd largest tea producing prefecture in Japan, after Shizuoka. It is only recently however that Kagoshima has obtained recognition for producing high-end tea. For several decades, Kagoshima had an image of producing economically accessible but less than premium tea. That being said, even some Japanese may not be aware that Kagoshima now produces award wining tea and has the highest productivity per area in all of Japan.