Carrying on the Tea Making Traditions of Kamikatsu: Kamikatsu Awa Bancha Tea Tasting with Shinobu-chan

Carrying on the Tea Making Traditions of Kamikatsu: Kamikatsu Awa Bancha Tea Tasting with Shinobu-chan

Lactic acid fermented tea is rare in this world. Kamikatsu Awa Bancha is one such tea. With its distinctive aroma and tart taste, this golden tea has been handed down from generation to generation for private use in the Kamikatsu region. The production process is unique, and almost all of the steps, from picking the tea to bagging it, are done by hand. The flavors and aromas vary from year to year and from person to person, producing an infinite variety of teas. This precious method of tea production has been designated an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan. Confronted with a lack of successors to carry on the business, Shinobu-chan and others involved in the production of this tea are working to preserve and popularize Kamikatsu Awa Bancha to pass this tradition on to future generations. (Highlights) - Tasting and comparing Kamikatsu Awa Bancha teas, which are a rarity in this world as a tea made with lactic acid fermentation. - Introducing visitors to the culture and lifestyle of Kamikatsu through the tea that people drink in Kamikatsu every day - Tasting exclusive Awa Bancha teas that are not out on the market, as selected by Shinobu-chan (To all those considering a trip to Kamikatsu) Kamikatsu is a small town with a population less than 1,500 people. In 2013, it became the first municipality in Japan to make a zero-waste declaration and aims to be a town where nothing is discarded. We only take those who want to experience Kamikatsu as it really is, learn and have a good time through their journeys and are responsible travelers.



Minimum Number of Passengers
1 person
Maximum Capacity
10 participants
Participation Restrictions
Must be junior high school age or older (12+) to participate *Although the content of this activity is geared toward adults, young children may accompany the adults.
Meeting and Exchange Areas
Location: Kamikatsu Zero Waste Center Learning Center & Public Hall
Shimoniura 7-2, Fukuhara, Kamikatsu, Katsuura District, Tokushima Prefecture
Open Period
Closed Period
Be sure to inquire about options
Meeting Times and Business Hours
Adjust with the desired time
Tour Schedule
Meet up at the facilities in Kamikatsu/Activity lasts around 2 hours
Required Time
2 hours
Provision of Meals
Meals are not provided
Open to meal requests
Requires consultation
Universal accessibility
Requires consultation
Requires consultation
Basically accepted upon request.
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