Birthplace of Nagatani Soen

Address Yuyadani, Ujitawara-cho, Tsuzuki-gun, Kyoto
Phone 0774-88-6638 (Ujitawara Industry Promotion Department)

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In 1738, Nagatani Soen, inspired by the encha method introduced by Ingen Zenji, invented the unique Uji-cha production method known as aosei sencha seiho in Yuyadani, Ujitawara Town. He steamed freshly picked tea leaves and hand-kneaded them over a hoiro drying table to dry the leaves. This process imbued sencha with excellent color, aroma, and flavor. In the birthplace of Soen, the father of Japanese sencha, a hoiro drying table has been preserved as it was during that era. Nearby, the Chasomyo Shrine was built in honor of Soen.