Amacha Herbal Tisane (Hydrangea serrata var. thunbergii) from Kunohe Village

2 Reviews

Leaf Size: Large full leaves, 10g / 0.35 oz / Autumn 2020 (Yunomi Resealable Bag)
JPY ¥499 JPY ¥680

Gastos de envío calculados en la caja

Disponibles (2 unidades), listas para ser enviadas


The Kunohe Village Revitalization Project is proud to present a Japanese tradition: Amacha, a tisane harvested in September - October in the hills surrounding the village. The leaves from this plant (a non-toxic form of hydrangea: hydrangea serrata var. thunbergii) are rolled, whithered, and dried in a small facility adjacent to the roadside station Oritsume Rest Area in the village. (see image below)

This tea is known in the west often as "Buddha Ama Cha" because it is often used to celebrate the Buddha's birthday.

Sweet! So sweet!

The leaves of this plant contain a compound called Phyllodulcin, which is a natural sweetener some 400-800 times sweeter than sugar (See Wikipedia entry Phyllodulcin

Steeping Method

Tea: 2-3 grams ( 1 leaf is about 1 gram though it depends on the size of the leaves). Water: 1 liter. Boil the leaves in the water for 5 min.

Product info

  • Ingredients: Leaves from the plant hydrangea macrophylla var. thunbergii
  • Harvest: September - October
  • Region: Kunohe Village, Iwate Prefecture, Japan


Though the leaf from this particular species of hydrangea has never shown toxicity in lab tests, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan recommends that you do not brew it in concentrated amounts to avoid risk of nausea or sickness. In other species of hydrangea, forms of cyanoside are present in tests (though not in hydrangea serrata nor in amacha extractions).

However, as fair warning, while this tea is drunk widely across Japan at nursery schools run by Buddhist temples to celebrate the Buddha's birthday, two cases of nausea have occurred: once in 2009 when 28 of 119 children reported nausea and vomiting, and once in 2010 when 45 of 99 first year elementary students reported light nausea.

While drunk widely in Japan and among children, please drink at your own discretion. Yunomi and its partners assume no liability for improper preparation of this product.

Payment & Security

American Express Apple Pay Google Pay Mastercard PayPal Shop Pay Visa

Su información de pago se procesa de forma segura. No almacenamos los detalles de la tarjeta de crédito ni tenemos acceso a la información de su tarjeta de crédito.

Gastos estimados de envío

You may also like

Recently viewed