Japanese tea is synonymous with green tea. Ever since its introduction into the country by Buddhist monks in the 8th century, the beverage has gained favour with the locals who value it for its health-giving benefits. In fact, the Japanese have built an entire culture around tea — from the traditional matcha tea ceremony to present-day vending machines that dispense all manners of green tea.
According to online statistics portal Statista, almost 86,000 tons of green tea was consumed in Japan in 2018. This was an increase from around 81,300 tons in the previous year. To understand the nation’s obsession with green tea, you need not look further than Shizuoka. Located in central Honshu’s Pacific coast, the prefecture is the largest producer of green tea in the country, with 40 per cent of tea production originating from Shizuoka.