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Shizuoka Tea Museum

Learn all about the prefecture's most famous export

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Kim   - 2 min read

Tea has a long history in Shizuoka Prefecture. Green tea plantations were first started in the region in the 1200s, and present-day Shizuoka accounts for over 40% of Japan's overall tea production. For those who are interested in learning more about the history of tea, along with the opportunity to engage in tea-themed cultural activities, a visit to the Shizuoka Tea Museum is a fantastic place to start.

The museum spans several floors of a modern building, and inside there are a range of sensory-based displays for museum guests to enjoy. One particularly interesting exhibit has over 50 types of tea from all corners of the globe, which you're able to touch and smell. There are varieties like Uva black tea from Sri Lanka, Wenshan Baozhong Tea from Taiwan, Tieguanyin tea from China, and Assam black tea from India to name a few. Alongside the teas of the world, there are opportunities for tea-tasting sessions, matcha grinding experiences, and even traditional tea ceremonies you can take part in. If that wasn't enough, there is a beautiful Japanese-style garden on the museum grounds, and on a clear day you can get a breathtaking glimpse of Mt. Fuji.

Do note that the museum is closed each Tuesday if you're planning a special trip. If the Tuesday happens to fall on a public holiday, the museum will open and will close on the following Wednesday.

Getting there

Shizuoka's Tea Museum is located in Shimada.

By Car, the museum is approximately 10 minutes by car from either the Sagara Makinohara IC on the Tomei Expressway, the Shimada Kanaya IC on the Shin-Tomei Expressway, or the Oshiro IC on the National Route 1 Bypass. Free on-site parking is available.

If you're visiting via public transport, the museum is 5 minutes by bus from Kanaya Station, served by the JR Tokaido Main Line.

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