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Seikoen

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Tea Factory Based in Itoigawa, Niigata

One of the few tea factories based in Northern Japan, Seikoen specializes in the use of a traditional cooling room, a yukimuro or literally "snow room", to age tea leaves and increase their umami flavor content. The factory also specializes in a traditional folk tea called Itoigawa Batabatacha, a mix of bancha, roasted kawaraketsumei herbs, roasted soybeans, and mugicha.

Seikoen Tea Factory's Snow Room, Yukimuro

Seikoen Tea Factory's Snow Room, Yukimuro, Inside
Seikoen Tea Factory Sencha

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2009 & 2012 Monde Selection silver medal winner for their Echigo Boucha, roasted green tea leaf stems
Monde Selection silver medal winner for Echigo Boucha

  • Company Name: Seikoen, Ltd.
  • President: Yoshiyuki Matsuki
  • Type: Tea finishing factory & 4 shops in Niigata Prefecture
  • Established:
  • Employees: 10 full & part-time employees
  • Specialty: Tea aged in special room cooled by natural snow throughout the year (yukimuro 雪室 literally "snow room"). Itoigawa Batabatacha
  • Location: 4-1-6 Ichinomiya, Itoigawa-shi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan