The Azuma Tea Garden is a family-operated, fourth generation farm specializing in Tencha tea leaf cultivation and processing. Founded in the late 19th century the family manages tea fields in the mountains of Wazuka, Kyoto, Japan. While not fully certified organic yet, they are in the process of converting to organic cultivation.
Wazuka-cho in Kyoto is known as the main production region of Uji tea. Surrounded by mountains, river, clean air and rich soil, Wazuka is a region suited for growing tea. Our tea fields are located in the eastern part of Wazuka-cho, where neither trains nor major road runs. The scenery of endless tea fields is designated as Kyoto’s “cultural landscape”.
Manager Teruko Azuma
Over a decade has passed since I first started helping out the farm labor in a tea field of Wazuka. Through my experience in managing, harvesting, and looking after the tea fields, I learned the difficulty of tea production and profundity of Uji matcha. While studying for a certified Japanese tea instructor, I learned more about the benefits of matcha.
- Location: 125-1 Miyano Monzen, Wazuka-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto, 619-1204
- Size: Family + 2-3 staff
- Fields: Over 5 hectares / 13 acres across multiple fields
- Cultivars: Okumidori, samidori, asahi, gokou, yabukita and others
- Certifications: JAS organic certification for production and on some fields (other fields are in the process of conversion).