Honyama or Hon Yama tea is a variety of Camellia Sinensis produced in the Shizuoka (Japanese: 静岡県) Prefecture of the Chubu region on the Honshu Island of Japan. Shizuoka is said to produce 40% of Japan’s Green tea production .
Shizuoka as a tea producing region can be traced back to the Kamakura Period in Japan. The first tea seeds to the area are believed to have been introduced by the Zen Buddhist monk, Shoichi- kokushi, also known by the Buddhist monastic name Enni. Enni had brought the Green tea leaves back after studying various forms of Buddhism in Song China in the year 1241. During the Edo period, a retainer of the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu decided to utilize green tea’s potential as a source of income as a cash crop. This led to the development of a tea plantation and processing operation in the city of Makinohara. The production of green tea in the Shizuoka region continues to the present day.
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Hon Yama tea is
- Shizuoka Green Tea Japan’s Largest Producer of Green Tea