This tea was found upon a trip to Wakayama Prefecutre, famous for the Kumano shrines and Nachi waterfall. This particular area is designated as the UNESCO's World Heritage Site for its historical and cultural importance.
Not as famous as the Ise-cha from the neighboring Mie Prefecture, Irokawa-cha is a rare, quality tea produced in Wakayama, Japan.
As one of the three brands of Wakayama-grown tea, Irokawa-cha is grown in Nachi-Katsuuracho, the same region in which the sacred Kumano shrine is located. Cultivation of Irokawa-cha dates back to the Muromachi period (1338-1573), and has been grown since in the warm climate and rich soil of the Irokawa district. Irokawa-cha is also known as the earliest picked tea in honshu (main island of Japan).
Rare Irokawa-cha made into black tea. Following the recent popularity of Japanese black tea or wakoucha, this