Mimasaka Bancha (美作番茶) is a sun dried bancha from Okayama prefecture. It is mostly produced in and around the city of Mimasaka. Other names for this tea are Musashi bancha (武蔵番茶) (named after the famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi) und Sakushuu bancha (作州番茶). Sakushuu was a alternative name of the Mimasaka province. Mimasaka bancha is after the steaming process unrolled dried under the sun and finally roasted. The tea is largly produced like houjicha with the only difference that unrolled bancha is used.