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Today, we zipped down to one of the suthern islands of Japan, Kyushu, on Shinkansen (bullet train).  Kagoshima is located on the southern tip of Kyusyu island. Kagoshima is the second largest green tea producer after Shizuoka, Japan. It is predicted green tea production in Kagoshima will surpass one in Shizuoka in the near future. Growing green tea is Kagoshima’s pride, and we witnessed the passion during our visit.

Our visit began with the Shimodozono Tea factory & farm, where we get our fantastic organic Fukamushi Sencha comes from. Fukamushi Sencha is deeply steemed Sencha green tea, which offers you richer flavor than regular Sencha.

On the second day in Kagoshima, we visited the famous Sakura-jima Volcano. This volcano is still active as you can see from the smoke rising from it in the piture. From there, we traveled to Wakohen Tea farm and factory. There we enjoyed a 7-course feast with tea incorporated in every dish.

Later, we visited the Sakamoto Gyokuro Tea farm. We enjoyed their amazing Gyokuro and Karigane made with cold brew method along with home-made Japanese sweets. The President, Mr. Sakamoto, made a wonderful presentation about what makes the best health benefits. His passion to offer the highest quality teas for his customers impressed every one of us.

We finished our tour with an overnight visit to Koya-san Mountain, a sacred village filled with temples. One of our travelers described our visit to Koya-san Maintain was “a cherry on top of.”

We said a bitter-sweet goodbye to our wonderful new ambitious-traveler friends. We are so thankful a love of tea brought us all toether and gave us the opportunity to explore Japanese culture and teas. Treasure your cup of tea for you never know where it may take you.

“Let us dream of evanescence, and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.” By Okakura Kakuzo

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