What is Sayama tea?
What is Sayama tea?


Sayama tea is one of the three major Japanese teas alongside Shizuoka tea and Uji tea, and is characterized by its profound aroma and richness. It is a highly rare tea that is cultivated and produced mainly in the western part of Saitama Prefecture and the Nishitama area of Tokyo.

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Sayama Tea is one of the three major Japanese teas alongside Shizuoka and Uji teas, and is cultivated and produced mainly in the western part of Saitama.

After plucking the tea leaves grown in the cool temperature on high altitude hills, steaming at a high temperature, stopping steamed oxidation fermentation, being massaged, twisted and dried repeatedly, by way of so called “Sayama Burning”, a traditional way of finishing burning process, Sayama tea is popular among many people by deriving out unique and deep taste, which is regarded as “ Aji no Sayama tea”, or "Sayama of the taste.
In addition, Sayama tea farms usually own the gardens, manufacture by themselves and also sell by themselves, which is typical management style.
By knowing who the producers are, people could enjoy Sayama tea in safe and secured environment.



明治となり、開港以来お茶の輸出が激増。明治政府の下、茶は生糸と並ぶ外貨獲得のための重要産品と位置付けられ、黒須村(現 入間市)に茶の輸出会社「狭山会社」※が設立されると、周辺地域一帯で作られる茶の総称を「狭山茶」に統一したものです。



Why is it called Sayama tea even though manufactured in Iruma area?

At first, Sayama of “Sayama tea” is derived from the Sayama Hills located in the southern part of Iruma City.
The Sayama Hills are the one that straddle Saitama Prefecture and Tokyo, and are isolated hills that look like a small green boat floating on the vast ocean of the Musashino Plateau.
“Sayama” has long been said to mean a “narrow mountain” isolated in this wide plateau.
In late Edo era, Yoshizumi Yoshikawa and his colleges had started to make tea leaves under steaming method for the first time in Kanto region. At that time, the leaves manufactured in this area had been named “Sayama tea”.
At the beginning of Meiji era, Japan had opened its ports to foreign countries, which caused the tea exports increase dramatically.
Under the Meiji government, tea is positioned as an important product for earning foreign currency along with raw silk, and when the tea export company “Sayama Company” * is established in Kurosu Village (currently Iruma City), the generic name of the teas made in the surrounding area has been unified to “Sayama Tea”
Currently, the teas made in Saitama Prefecture and the neighboring Tokyo are collectively called “Sayama Tea”.

* “Sayama company” was established in 1878 by Mitsuyoshi Shigeta, for the business of exporting teas to North America. It was the first Japanese-only exporting company in Japan. With the establishment of this company, the “Sayama Tea” brand had been penetrated throughout Japan.