Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations
Farm Website: http://www.obubutea.com
Farmer / President: Akihiro “Akky” Kita
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact person: Ian Chun
Farm Address (Google Map):
4-4 Oaza Minami Koaza Oshozu
Kyoto Prefecture, JAPAN 619-1213
Farm Phone No.: +81-774-78-2911 (Japanese only)
Farm FAX No.: +81-774-78-2215
Languages: Japanese, English
When were you established?
What altitude are your fields at?
0 – 500 meters
What certifications do you have? (ISO, organic, etc.)
How many members do you have?
How many members are farm workers?
How many members are part-time/contractors?
What is the minimum wage your workers earn?
1000 yen ($12)
How many acres/fields do you have?
About 4.1 acres in 14 fields (but we are expanding)
Do you accept visitors to your farm?
If “yes” do you want an application form on teafarms.org?
Message to the world
Over 15 years ago, our president and founder, Akihiro “Akky” Kita, visited Wazuka, Kyoto. The tea produced in this rural district is known as Ujicha, one of the highest quality, premium teas in Japan. Akky was a college student in search of his life’s calling. Inspired by a single cup of Ujicha drunk at its source, Akihiro’s passion for green tea was born. After fifteen years of learning to master the art of growing premium tea leaves from master tea farmers in Wazuka, Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations was born. The name Obubu itself comes from the slang of Kyoto and means tea.
We hope to extend this family beyond Japan’s shores as we seek to educate the world about quality Japanese green tea, to promote both the traditional and contemporary culture of drinking green tea, and to aid other tea farmers as they seek to establish tea plantations in their respective countries and regions.
What type of tea do you grow/process?
We grow and process Japanese teas including 7 different senchas (shaded/unshaded, spring/summer/autumn harvest, etc.), several types of houjicha, bancha, genmaicha, matcha powders, and have even collaborated with a traditional Japanese sweets manufacturer to produce a rich matcha syrup.
Do you grow organic tea? Would you like to explain more?
We do not grow organic teas ourselves, but have partnered with our neighbor to offer his organic teas in bulk quantities (1 kg or more). Organic sencha, organic matcha, and organic houjicha are offered. For our region, we have not yet discovered how to grow JASDA or USDA certified organic tea with the same taste quality as tea grown with traditional methods, but we are an active member of the Wazuka Association for Organic Tea Cultivation Research, and are certified as an Eco-Farmer by the Kyoto Government for our environmentally low-impact farming practices.
Tell us more about your tea products
Do you ship directly to individual customers?
Absolutely, and ITFA Tea Lovers receive 20% off. Use code “ITFA” at checkout.
Are you looking for distributors? Retail partners?
We are looking for dedicated retail partners whose clientele have a passion for tea and/or farm-sourced products.