- The keyword in Uji city is 茶, or ‘tea’.
- What are they doing at the shop?
- Keep your eyes on the food displayed in the shops!
- Sweets in Uji are a bit different from other areas!
- The more you get to know Japanese tea, the more it becomes fun!
The keyword in Uji city is 茶, or ‘tea’.
If you visit Byodoin Omotesando street, you will often see the Japanese character 茶, pronounced ‘cha’. It means green-tea in Japanese and Uji is known for the best green tea in Japan, as well as tea produced in Shizuoka Prefecture. There are many tea houses and restaurants on this street and I’ll tell you about them.
What are they doing at the shop?
They are roasting hoji-cha tea. Hoji-cha is a kind of Japanese tea made of roasted green tea leaves. It has its own unique roasted smell and tastes very smooth. It’s fun to see the actual roaster that tea producers use!
Keep your eyes on the food displayed in the shops!
When you look for nice restaurants on the street, please look at their displays of food!
You might see green soba noodles compared to the normal grey soba noodles. This green soba contains powdered green tea (matcha), and is called “cha-soba”.
Sweets in Uji are a bit different from other areas!
As you walk along the sidewalk, you might see displays of ice cream or three colored tea dumplings. These are made with tea. From top to bottom, they use Sencha, Matcha, and Hoji-cha in each dumpling. Sencha is what Japanese people usually drink on a daily basis.
The more you get to know Japanese tea, the more it becomes fun!
You can see a lot of different kinds of drinks and specialty items that use tea. It’s fun to choose good Japanese tea and taste unique products only available here!