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List of Japanese Tea Cultivars

List of Tea Cultivars Grown in Japan

This list is a list of the cultivars of the teas in our catalog (sometimes not in our catalog as well, but we hope to find a good source). For a list of Japanese teas and terminology, click here.

I give the Japanese hiragana and kanji both when hiragana is more often used in marketing of the tea cultivar in Japan. If there is a cultivar that you have come across not listed, please let us know. We will also go out and source the cultivar (as resources permit).

  1. Asahi - あさひ / 朝日 - 
  2. Asanoka - あさのか / 朝の香 - 
  3. Asatsuyu - あさつゆ / 朝露 - 
  4. Benifuuki - 
  5. Benihikari
  6. Benihomare
  7. Fukumidori
  8. Gokou
  9. Hokumei
  10. Horai Kincha
  11. Hoshun
  12. Inzatsu 131
  13. Kanaya Midori
  14. Karabeni
  15. Kirari 31
  16. Komakage
  17. Koshun
  18. Kuritawase
  19. Meiryoku
  20. Minekaori
  21. Nagomi Yutaka
  22. Nanmei
  23. Okuharuka
  24. Okuhikari
  25. Okumidori
  26. Okuyuktaka
  27. Ooiwase
  28. Saeakari
  29. Saemidori
  30. Sai no Midori
  31. Sakimidori
  32. Samidori - さみどり / 早緑 -
  33. Sayama Kaori - さやまかおり / 狭山香 - 
  34. Sayama Midori - さやまみどり / 狭山緑 - 
  35. Shizu #7132 - 静7132 - 
  36. Shoju - 松寿 - "eternal pine"
  37. Shoshun - 春翔 - 
  38. Shuntaro - しゅんたろう / 俊太郎 - 
  39. Sun Rouge - サンルージュ - 
  40. Terkawa-wase - てらかわ早稲 / 寺川早稲 - 
  41. Tsuyuhikari - つゆひかり / 露光 - "light of the dew"
  42. Uji Hikari - うじひかり / 宇治光 - "light of Uji"
  43. Uji Midori - うじみどり / 宇治緑 - "green of Uji"
  44. Yabukita - やぶきた / 薮北 - "North grove"
  45. Yama no Ibuki - 山の息吹 - "breath of the mountain
  46. Yamakai - やまかい / 山峡 - "trough of the valley"
  47. Yume Wakaba - ゆめわかば / 夢若葉 - "dream of young leaves"
  48. Z1
  49. Zairai - 在来 - In English terms, this is not a cultivar but rather seeds grown from trees grown from seeds (etc). This means the plants in the field do not have a specific DNA, but are varied (so not a cultivated variety, the definition of cultivar in English). If it is a field of seeds grown from a specific cultivar such as Yabukita, then you add the term missho—so missho yabukita (実生やぶきた).