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A Study Program for Aspiring Tea People Around the World

Do you love Japanese tea? Do you want to become a tea expert or do business in the tea industry? Then the Shizuoka Tea Study program is for you! This short-term program in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan's leading producer of quality tea, will give you an in-depth, hands-on experience of every step of the tea-making process, from harvesting leaves to producing tea. Learning from the pros, you'll get a step closer to becoming a tea expert yourself!

Benefits of Joining the Program

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Learn from experts in Japanese tea

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Gain hands-on experience of every step of the tea-making process

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Receive a certificate upon completing the program

Get one step closer to becoming an expert in the tea industry!

Program Outline

Hosts

Tea companies in Shizuoka Prefecture

Study period

5 days– 90 days

* Study period varies by host

Accommodations

Hotel, apartment, or the like near the study site

* Accommodations vary by host

Eligible participants

Non-Japanese tea business operators or persons who wish to start a business of Japanese tea

Non-Japanese tea aficionados with a social influence
Bloggers enthusiastic about writing informational posts on Japanese tea

Program

Participants who complete the program will receive a diploma. The compulsory study contents below must be completed to fulfill the requirements for a diploma.

Shizuoka tea briefing and preparation practice

OrganizerWorld Green Tea Association

Japanese tea and Shizuoka tea history, industry, and functionality

OrganizerHost tea companies

Tea cultivation

OrganizerHost tea companies

Crude tea process

OrganizerHost tea companies

Finishing process

OrganizerHost tea companies

Tea evaluation methods

OrganizerHost tea companies

* The program will run for a total 5 days or more including the compulsory contents above.

Expenses borne by the participant

  • Round-trip travel expenses to host tea company (airfare + domestic travel)
  • Participation fee (amount varies by tea company and program)
  • Accommodation fee (in some cases, this may be included in the paticipation fee.)
  • Meal expenses
  • Enrollment in overseas travel insurance covering farm work and volunteer work
  • Farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, change of clothes, daily necessities

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Start of program

* Normally it requires about a month from application to confirmation. Applications should be sent as early as possible.

Application

Eligibility requirements

  • As a rule, applicants must be non-Japanese nationals aged 20 or older holding a visa for short-term stay of within 90 days in Japan, including from visa exempt countries. Note that the permitted period of stay varies by country or region: 15 days for foreign nationals from Indonesia, Thailand, and Brunei; 30 days for those from the United Arab Emirates.
  • Confirmed participants must submit documents including participation agreement, and enroll in overseas travel insurance.
  • The program does not accept applications from general tourists.

Participants will not receive any remuneration.

Please submit your application using the form below.

Application form Privacy policy (google)

Host tea companies

Below is a list of the study program’s host tea companies. If you wish to be a participant, please submit an application using the prescribed form.

OSADA Seicha Co., Ltd | Maruyama Tea Products Corporation | SANWA Co., Ltd. | MarumatsuTea Co., Ltd. |
Matcha Organic Japan Co., Ltd. | Kanei Hitokoto Seicha Inc. | Marufuku SeichaCo., Ltd. | Kawabata Tea Farm |Ryutsu Service Co., Ltd.

 OSADA Seicha Co., Ltd

The town of Morimachi, in northwestern Shizuoka Prefecture, flourished in the premodern Edo period as a hub of tea distribution second only to Shizuoka City. Based here, Osada Seicha has partnered with producers of organic tea in neighboring Harunocho for more than 30 years. The company also owns a tencha tea farm, where participants are invited to practice management. The finishing factory commissioned in 2019 is fitted with the latest equipment, and comes complete with a retail department nearby.

Company address 2001 Mutsumi, Morimachi, Shuchi-gun, Shizuoka
Tea varieties Ordinary sencha, fukamushi sencha, genmaicha, hojicha, matcha, powdered tea, black tea, fermented tea
Languages Japanese, English
Contact Natsumi Osada
Website OSADA TEA JAPAN

 

Program A

  • Shizuoka tea briefing and preparation practice (half day)
  • Lesson in Japanese tea and tea ceremony practice at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka (half day)
  • Hear about the tea farmers’ annual work cycle while helping with tea farm management (5 days)
  • “Yamabuki Nadeshiko” one of the fermented tea production, from primary processing to refining (5 days)
  • Refining process (5 days)
  • Tea evaluation methods (1 day)
  • Osadaen Honten, tea shop waiting staff training (2 days) * Duration is for reference only and negotiable
From the host

Osada Seicha is a small company and will require participants to experience all processes of tea production.

Study period 30 days (1 month) *Study period and duration negotiable
Participation fee 75,000 yen (accommodations) Breakfast will be included with additional 2,500 yen / day
Capacity 2 persons
Accommodations Furnished apartment or the like near the study site
What to bring Farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, daily necessities, laptop computer (not essential but useful)

 Maruyama Tea Products Corporation

Artisanal skills cultivated since the company’s founding in 1933 to make delicious tea in the lush nature and mild climate of Kakegawa, and the innovative spirit to constantly take bold action with an eye to the future—pursuing these contradictory goals at once, Maruyama Tea Products translates the tradition and culture of Japanese tea into the present. It operates a dedicated overseas department and has received trainees from abroad.

Company address 510-3 Itasawa, Kakegawa-shi, Shizuoka
Tea varieties Tea in general (organic, conventional)
Languages Japanese, English
Contact Yuhei Yoshida, Tourt Cindy
Website Maruyama Tea corporation, Japan

 

Program A

  • Shizuoka tea briefing and preparation practice by World Green Tea Association (half day)
  • Lesson in Japanese tea at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka (half day)
  • Crude tea factory tour (half day)
  • Tea evaluation methods (half day)
  • Tea field tour, lesson in tea farmers’ annual work cycle (1 day)
  • Refining factory tour and help with packaging process (1 day)
  • Training at Japanese tea cafe and shop (1 day)
From the host

The 5-day program packed with the basics and the flow of Japanese tea is recommended for Japanese tea aficionados and bloggers interested in Japanese tea. Participants proficient in the Japanese language will experience the work of waiting staff in the adjacent Japanese tea cafe and shop.

Study period 5 days *Study period negotiable
Participation fee 40,000 yen (including accommodations)
Capacity 1–2 persons
Accommodations Business hotel or the like near the study site
What to bring Office-appropriate clothing, farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, daily necessities

Program B

  • Shizuoka tea briefing and preparation practice by World Green Tea Association (half day)
  • Lesson in Japanese tea at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka (1 day)
  • Crude tea factory tour (half day)
  • Tea evaluation methods (4 days)
  • Tea field tour, lesson in tea farmers’ annual work cycle (1 day)
  • Tour of group farm, on-line, EC company (1 day)
  • Refining factory tour and training (3 days)
  • Packaging process observation and training (3 days)
  • Training at Japanese tea cafe and shop (4 days)
  • Studies in export operations at the overseas business department (2 days)

* Study contents and durations may be modified according to the participant’s wishes or at the host’s discretion.

From the host

The program that offers the opportunity to experience all operations of the Japanese tea business is recommended for non-Japanese tea business operators or persons who wish to start a business of Japanese tea. The duration of each study content may be modified according to the participant’s wishes and abilities.

Study period 30 days (1 month) *Study period negotiable
Participation fee 150,000 yen (including accommodations)
Capacity 1 person
Accommodations Furnished apartment near the study site
What to bring Office-appropriate clothing, farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, daily necessities

 

 SANWA Co., Ltd.

Sanwa obtained FSSC 22000 certification in 2018 in order to deliver safe products to customers outside Japan. The company invites study program participants to see its new factory equipment and management structure adapted to the times, observe its traditional firing and drying process, and tour a crude tea factory and experience tea farm management in the heart of Honyamacha production in Shizuoka City.

Company address 251‐1 Endoshinden, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka
Tea varieties Matcha, sencha, fukamushicha, powdered tea, genmaicha, others
Languages Japanese, English
Contact MasaakiYoshino
Website SANWACo.,Ltd. (Japanese)

 

Program A

  • Shizuoka tea briefing and preparation practice (half day)
  • Lesson in Japanese tea at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka (1 day)
  • Hear about the tea farmers’ annual work cycle while helping with tea farm management (half day)
  • Crude tea factory tour (half day)
  • Refining factory tour and help with packaging process (about 1 day)
  • Tea evaluation methods (about 1 day)
From the host

Sanwa has started negotiation with overseas buyers in earnest, and aims to make products that meet customer expectations. The company hopes for encounters that lead to long-term relationships around products it feels proud of, regardless of transaction volume.

Study period 5 days *Schedule negotiable
Participation fee 40,000 yen (including accommodations)
Capacity 2–3 persons
Accommodations Designated business hotel
What to bring Farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, daily necessities, camera and laptop computer (not essential but useful)

 MarumatsuTea Co., Ltd.

At Marumatsu, a tea master selects tea leaves to be purchased from over hundreds of growers throughout Japan. Seasoned craftsmen then perform finishing and firing processes suitable for each tea leaf, before packaging the final product and completing production.
In 2015 the company opened the Japanese tea cafe San Grams, serving 18 varieties of tea leaf at all times including single origin tea leaves from distinctive growers, centering on Kikugawa City’s specialty fukamushicha, and teas from around the world. Staff members prepare each cup of tea using a method suited to the leaf, and serve it with care accompanied by a description.

Company address 2561-1 Nishikata, Kikugawa-shi, Shizuoka
Tea varieties Ordinary sencha, fukamushi sencha, genmaicha, hojicha, matcha, powdered tea
Languages Japanese, English
Contact Natsuki Hirayama
Website Marumatsu Tea Corporation

 

Program A

  • Shizuoka tea briefing and preparation practice (half day)
  • Lesson in Japanese tea at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka (half day)
  • Tea field and crude tea factory tour (1 day)
  • Refining factory tour, tea evaluation methods (1 day)
  • Help with packaging process (2 days)
  • Training at Japanese tea cafe and shop (5 days) *Participants proficient in the Japanese language

* The duration of each study content is for reference only and negotiable according to the participant’s wishes and abilities.

From the host

The program that provides instructions on preparing Japanese tea behind the scenes of a Japanese tea cafe is recommended for persons who wish to brush up on their preparation skills. Participants proficient in the Japanese language will also experience the work of waiting staff.

Study period 2 weeks *Schedule negotiable
Participation fee 50,000 yen (accommodations)
Capacity 1 person
Accommodations Furnished apartment near the study site
What to bring Clothing that can get dirty, daily necessities, laptop computer (not essential but useful)

Program B

  • Shizuoka tea briefing and preparation practice (half day)
  • Lesson in Japanese tea at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka (half day)
  • Tea field and crude tea factory tour (1 day)
  • Refining factory tour (1 day)
  • Tea evaluation methods (4 days)
  • Trade operations (creating documents, managing deliveries) (15 days)
  • Help with marketing activities (15 days)
  • Training at Japanese tea cafe and shop (8 days) * Participants proficient in Japanese

* The duration of each study content is for reference only and negotiable according to the participant’s wishes and abilities.

From the host

The program is designed for persons currently in the tea business or who wish to enter the tea business in future. Through the experience of day-to-day operations, it provides instructions on how tea is exported and marketed outside Japan.

Study period 2 months *Schedule negotiable
Participation fee 100,000 yen (accommodations)
Capacity 1 person
Accommodations Apartment near the study site
What to bring Clothing that can get dirty, daily necessities

 Matcha Organic Japan Co., Ltd.

Matcha Organic Japan’s tea farm spreading across the mountain district practices all organic farming. The company’s philosophy is to deliver delicious organic matcha and make people smile around the world, its mission to handle all processes from cultivation to distribution and build a business model of sustainable farming. It organizes hands-on farm work events, operates a matcha cafe, and creates other opportunities to enjoy tea with customers.

Company address 755 Kawanechoieyama, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka
Tea varieties Matcha, sencha (mainly fukamushi)
Languages Japanese, English
Contact YoshiyukiTamura
Website Matcha Organic Japan

Program A

  • Basics of Japanese tea
  • Tea ceremony and hospitality studies at a tea house * Special instructor
  • Orientation on tea farm management and practical training at the tea farm (1 day)
  • Tencha factory and crude tea factory tour and training (1 day)
  • Preparation of Japanese tea by preference, matcha latte (1 day)
  • Tea farm and art workshop

* Total 5 days combining the study contents above

From the host

Participants will also have the opportunity to serve customers at the adjacent matcha cafe. Various programs apart from the above are available year round. For details, please contact the host directly.

Study period 5 days from mid/late October to early December, 2019 *Study period negotiable (year round)
Participation fee 60,000 yen (excluding accommodations)
Capacity 5 persons
Accommodations Leased old Japanese-style house near the study site (about 3,000 yen/night) or farmer’s inn in Shimada City (about 6,000 yen/night)
What to bring Farm work-appropriate clothing, shoes, hat, and gloves, water bottle, daily necessities

Program B

  • Basics of Japanese tea
  • Tea ceremony and hospitality studies at a tea house * Special instructor
  • Orientation on tea farm management and practical training at the tea farm (1 day)
  • Tencha factory and crude tea factory tour and training (1 day)
  • Preparation of Japanese tea by preference, matcha latte (1 day)
  • Lesson in Japanese satoyama area, where arable land abuts the foothills of the mountain, through satoyama field work
  • Discussion and workshop through tea party with local residents
  • Tea farm and art workshop

* Total 7 days combining the study contents above

From the host

Participants will also have the opportunity to serve customers at the adjacent matcha cafe. Various programs apart from the above are available year round. For details, please contact the host directly.

Study period 7 days from mid/late October to early December, 2019 *Study period negotiable (year round)
Participation fee 84,000 yen (excluding accommodations)
Capacity 5 persons
Accommodations Leased old Japanese-style house near the study site (about 3,000 yen/night) or farmer’s inn in Shimada City (about 6,000 yen/night)
What to bring Farm work-appropriate clothing, shoes, hat, and gloves, water bottle, daily necessities

 Kanei Hitokoto Seicha Inc.

Founded in 1865, Kanei Hitokoto Seicha is an established tea manufacturer based in Shimada City, home to the Makinohara Plateau, the largest tea farming region in Japan.
The company is strong in tea OEM services and manufactures products for Japanese general merchandise stores (GMS) such as Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. and major supermarkets. Having expanded its market abroad about four years ago, at present it exports mainly to the United States and Taiwan.

Company address 1408 Higashicho, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka
Tea varieties Hojicha, matcha, powdered green tea, single cultivar tea
Languages Japanese, English
* Japanese language skills are crucial, as only one English-speaking staff is available
Contact Hidemitsu Iwase
Website Kanei Hitokoto Seicha Inc.

 

Program A

  • Lesson in tea history, industry, and functionality at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka (1 day)
  • Shizuoka Japanese Tea Market, tea plant, and tea cafe tour (1 day)
  • Training in cultivation and crude tea process at partner tea farm (2 days)
    * Kanetou Miuraen scheduled
  • Training in finishing process at company refining factory (1 day)
  • Obtaining tea sensory test scores (half day)
  • Introduction to overseas market circumstances and products for export, including tasting (half day)
From the host

If training coincides with a store event or external trade show, participants will accompany the staff and experience selling tea and the general atmosphere.

Study period About 6 days *Study period negotiable
Participation fee 35,000yen (accomodations)
Capacity 2 persons
Accommodations Furnished apartment or hotel near the study site
What to bring

Farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, cell phone, camera, notepad, writing instruments

 

Marufuku Seicha Co., Ltd.

Marufuku Seicha purchases teas from Shizuoka and throughout Japan, and engages in tea production, processing, and distribution. Fascinated particularly by the flavor of tea leaves from the mountainous area upstream of the Abe River in Shizuoka City, it established proprietary roasting techniques to draw out the character of the tea leaves.
While adhering to the basics of traditional tea production, the company also handles new products such as tea potage and tea for sprinkling on yogurt.

Company address 25 Wakamatsucho, Aoi-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka
Tea varieties Sencha, Genmaicha, Hojicha, Matcha, Powdered tea, Tea bags
Languages Japanese, English, French
Contact Shuko Yamada
Website Marufuku SeichaCo., Ltd.

 

Program A

  • Shizuoka tea briefing and preparation practice (half day)
  • Lesson in Japanese tea and Shizuoka tea history, industry, and functionality at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka (1 day)
  • Training in tea cultivation and crude tea process at tea field and crude tea factory (1-2 days)
  • Training in finishing process, powdering process, and packaging into teabags (1-2 days)
  • Tea evaluation methods (half day–1 day)
  • Practice making hojicha (half day)
From the host

Goal: Make your own packaging and unique tea blend.

Recommended for persons who...

• are interested in roasting and blending

• are interested in product development

• wish to learn about various tea processes

Study period A week (No work on Sat, Sun)   *Study period and duration negotiable
Participation fee 70,000yen (in the case of a week program)
Capacity 1-2 persons
Accommodations Hotel near the company to be arranged by the participant (rental bicycle available for commuting)
What to bring

Farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, the other daily necessities

 

Kawabata Tea Farm

Located in the lush natural landscape of Kogouchi, an area in the northern part of Shizuoka City, Kawabata Tea Farm handles every aspect of tea production—from cultivation to processing and sales—without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers. As a small family-run farm, it operates with flexibility and attentiveness.

Company address 1869 Kogouchi, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka
Tea varieties Gyokuro, Sencha, Powdered sencha, Black tea, Hojicha, Various tea bags
Languages Japanese, English
Contact Hiroyuki Satou
Website Kawabata Tea Farm

 

Program A

  • Receive an overview of Shizuoka tea and learn first-hand how to prepare tea (half day)
  • Learn about Japanese tea and participate in a tea ceremony at Tea Museum, Shizuoka (half day)
  • Learn about what work is carried out over the course of a year on a tea farm, and help out with work in the tea field (one day)
  • Tour a primary tea processing factory and experience processing hojicha first-hand (one day)
  • Tour a tea refining factory and help package tea (one day)
  • Learn how to evaluate tea (one day)
  • Attend Shizuoka Tea Festival, which will feature a variety of tea producers (one day)
From the host

Since it is a small family-run farm, you will be able to learn about how tea is cultivated without the use of pesticides or artificial fertilizers in detail in a personal setting. Recommended for people interested in sustainable agriculture. The program will take place during the autumn harvest, so participants will also be able to experience making hojicha by roasting tea in a pan first-hand.

Study period 21st (Mon) – 27th (Sun) of Oct. 2019  *Study period negotiable
Participation fee Around 7,000 yen/night (accommodations)
Capacity 3 persons
Accommodations Hotel near Okitsu station
What to bring

Farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, hat, writing materials, laptop computer (not essential but useful)

Ryutsu Service Co., Ltd.

Our company is based on the idea of integrated tea company, unifying tea farming, crude tea processing, making tea products and the sales phases. We are waiting for the participants who want to connect this experience to business in their country to support it with accurate tea information like history, culture and quality.

Company address 340 Kurasawa, Kikugawa-shi, Shizuoka
Tea varieties Ordinary Sencha, Fukamushi Sencha, Genmaicha, Hojicha, Matcha, Powdered Tea, Gyokuro
Languages Japanese, English (Depends on the period)
Contact Kazuki Yoshikawa
Website Ryutsu Service Co., Ltd.

 

Program A

  • Shizuoka tea briefing and preparation practice by World Green Tea Association (half day)
  • Lesson in Japanese tea and Shizuoka tea history, industry, and functionality at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka (1 day)
  • Training in tea cultivation at tea field (1-10 days)
  • Crude tea factory tour, Experience of hand-rolled tea making (1 day)
  • Refining tea factory tour and tea packaging experience (1-10 days)
  • Tea tasting, Tea evaluation (1-2 days)
  • Matcha factory tour (1 day)
  • Training at our tea shop (0-4days)
From the host

We tell you the tea making process from the traditional way to the latest and special method.

*This program is available only for the people who are willing to build the business relationship after the program.

Available in Japanese, English


Study period 6 - 29 days from Jan 2020 *Study period and duration negotiable
Participation fee Around 8,000 yen/night (accommodations) *We owe the half of the accommodation fee.
Capacity 2-3 persons
Accommodations Hotel near the company or Apartment
What to bring

Laptop computer (not essential but useful), Farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, Daily necessities

Program B

  • Shizuoka tea briefing and preparation practice by World Green Tea Association (half day)
  • Lesson in Japanese tea and Shizuoka tea history, industry, and functionality at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka (half day)
  • Training in tea cultivation at tea field (1-2 days)
  • Crude tea factory tour, Experience of hand-rolled tea making (1 day)
  • Refining tea factory tour and tea packaging experience (1-2 days)
  • Tea tasting, Tea evaluation (1 day)
  • Matcha factory tour (1 day)
  • Training at our tea shop (0-4days)
From the host

We tell you the tea making process from the traditional way to the latest and special method.

*This program is available only for the people who are willing to build the business relationship after the program.

Available in Japanese, English


Study period 6 - 12 days from the late Nov – Dec., 2019 *Study period and duration negotiable
Participation fee Around 8,000 yen/night (accommodations) *We owe the half of the accommodation fee.
Capacity 2-3 persons
Accommodations Hotel near the company
What to bring

Farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, Daily necessities

Program C

  • Shizuoka tea briefing and preparation practice by World Green Tea Association (half day)
  • Lesson in Japanese tea and Shizuoka tea history, industry, and functionality at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka (half day)
  • Training in tea cultivation at tea field (1-2 days)
  • Crude tea factory tour, Experience of hand-rolled tea making (1 day)
  • Refining tea factory tour and tea packaging experience (1-2 days)
  • Tea tasting, Tea evaluation (1 day)
  • Matcha factory tour (1 day)
  • Training at our tea shop (0-4days)
From the host

We tell you the tea making process from the traditional way to the latest and special method.

*This program is available only for the people who are willing to build the business relationship after the program.

  ~ 23rd of Nov. : Available only in Japanese

  24th of Nov. ~ : Available in English / Japanese


Study period 7 - 12 days in Nov –Dec., 2019 *Study period and duration negotiable
Participation fee Around 8,000 yen/night (accommodations) *We owe the half of the accommodation fee.
Capacity 2-3 persons
Accommodations Hotel near the company
What to bring

Farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, Daily necessities

 

 

Application

Eligibility requirements

  • As a rule, applicants must be non-Japanese nationals aged 20 or older holding a visa for short-term stay of within 90 days in Japan, including from visa exempt countries. Note that the permitted period of stay varies by country or region: 15 days for foreign nationals from Indonesia, Thailand, and Brunei; 30 days for those from the United Arab Emirates.
  • Confirmed participants must submit documents including participation agreement, and enroll in overseas travel insurance.
  • The program does not accept applications from general tourists.

Participants will not receive any remuneration.

Please submit your application using the form below.

Application form Privacy policy (google)