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It is said that the history of Ureshino Tea started about 600 years ago, when people from China (Ming Dynasty) spread the cultivation of tea for their own use, while making ceramic ware. Because the place was ideal for tea cultivation, veiled in the morning haze in spring, Yoshimura Shinbei, a samurai of Saga Domain, cultivated the land himself and introduced it to the vicinity to promote the industrialization of tea making. Since then, Ureshino became well known as a tea production area.
This type of Ureshino Tea is called Tama-ryokucha, which is a rare type of Japanese tea. In general, Japanese tea forms a needle-like shape, but the leaf of Ureshino tea is round-shaped, with a shiny green surface, and has a strong aroma and taste. In order to make the round shape, the leaves are picked while the buds are still young and soft. It is a premium tea that accounts for only about 2% in Japan.
It is said that Ureshino is the first place in Japan where the cultivation of tea trees started. In Ureshino there is one of the largest tea trees in Japan, called "the great tea tree in Ureshino." The tree, more than 300 years old, is designated as a natural monument.
Ureshino, located in the western part of Kyushu, has long been known as a hot spring resort. The quality of the spring is excellent, which is said to make your skin beautiful, and the place is popular especially among women in recent years. Near the resort, there is Arita-cho, a town famous for ceramic ware, and one of the most famous shrines in Japan enshrining the god of prosperity in business. The place is attracting tourists as a base for sightseeing in Saga and Nagasaki Prefectures.
The placed is veiled in the morning haze in spring. The landform is also ideal for cultivating tea. Therefore, Yoshimura Shinbei, a samurai of Saga Domain, cultivated the land himself and introduced it to the vicinity to promote the industrialization of tea making. Since then, Ureshino became well known as a tea production area.