- Green tea leaves produced in Kagoshima have a dark green color and are shiny and almost identical in shape.
- Young leaves have a fresh aroma and a refreshing flavor.
- The brewed tea liquid has a rich, dark color and is beautiful.
In the survey on the tea production value in 2019 released by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in March 2021, Kagoshima became the largest tea producer in Japan for the first time. In 2020, the production volume of unrefined tea was 23,900 metric tons, and the domestic market share was 34%. The tea production area was 8,360 hectares, and the domestic market share was 21%. Kagoshima is the second largest tea producer in terms of production volume and production area.
As Kagoshima’s warm climate makes it possible to start harvesting new tea leaves before other areas in Japan, consumers around Japan love and enjoy green tea leaves produced in Kagoshima as hashiri shincha. In addition, Kagoshima is known for producing various tea cultivars. Kagoshima’s green tea has won the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister’s Award and the Production Area Award at the National Tea Competition and is among the best in Japan.