Shirakawa-cha, Japanese green tea, is made mainly in Shirakawa town and Higashi-Shirakawa village, which are located almost in the center of Japan.
They are surrounded by deep mountains and clear streams and rivers. Shirakawa-cha is produced in one of the northernmost green tea plantations in Japan. There is a large temperature range between day and night in these highlands.
Shirakawa-cha is carefully cultivated within terraced fields with stone walls, on the steep slopes of mountains.
As the morning fog shields the tea from direct sunlight and holds warmth, new tea leaves grow slowly and become soft, saving Umami and flavor nurtured in the mountain.
History of Shirakawa-cha
Shirakawa-cha has 450 years history.
It is said that Shirakawa-Cha was brought to Hakusan Shrine in Shirakawa-town and Gokabanryu Temple in Higashi-shirakawa-village 450 years ago.