- About Hibiki-an
- The Birthplace of Japanese Tea
- Quality and Prices
- International Delivery
- Social Action Works of Hibiki-an
- Hibiki-an Tea Farm Tour
- New Website Optimized for Smartphone
- Employment Information
Hibiki-an is surrounded by the rolling hills of Uji, in the ancient city of Kyoto, where the Japanese tradition of green tea began over 1,000 years ago. Today, in Japan, when people think of high quality green tea, they think of Uji. The misty climate, sloping hills, warm days and cool nights provide an ideal setting for tea plants to thrive. If you take a train to Kyoto, you will pass many beautiful green tea farms in Uji, and you can sample the wide variety of delicious green teas that are available at specialty shops and restaurants in the area.
In the past, it was nearly impossible to distribute fresh green tea outside Japan, because it was more difficult to preserve than black tea or Chinese green tea.
But now, you can experience the taste and health benefits of fresh Japanese green tea anywhere in the world! All of our teas are grown, harvested and packaged right here on our family tea farm in Uji. Through meticulous quality control procedures, we have made it possible for international customers to receive fresh green tea in excellent condition.
Online direct sales enable us to offer you a lower price by eliminating the extra costs associated with wholesalers and distributors. You will not find a Japanese green tea of this superior quality for a lower price anywhere.
We named our site "Japanese Green Tea Hibiki-an" in wishing that Japanese tea culture will gain more popularity throughout the world. "Hibiki" in Japanese means "touching someone's heart." It brings us great happiness to know that Japanese tea culture can touch people's hearts around the world.
Japanese Green Tea Hibiki-an
36 Shimonoto Yuyadani
Ujitawara, Kyoto 610-0221
US Branch Office: Hibiki-an Corporation
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Birthplace of Japanese Tea
1. The birthplace of Japanese tea
When the Buddhist monk, Eisai popularized the idea of tea drinking around A.D.1191, farmers began growing tea leaves at Obuku area in Ujitawara, Kyoto. Sohen Nagatani (1681-1778) also developed the Japanese tea processing method that is standard today in Ujitawara in the Uji region around A.D. 1738. Everyone agrees that this process makes the best-tasting tea.
We, Hibiki-an, are located very near to both the house where he was born and the Obuku area at where tea trees were firstly planted in Uji region.
2. The geographical features
The Uji region in Kyoto, especially Ujitawara, is surrounded by lush green rolling hills. The misty climate, sloping hills, warm days and cool nights provide an ideal setting for plants to thrive. These geographical features and the nutrient-rich soil in Uji produce a very high grade of Japanese green tea.
For many years, Uji has been the only region in Japan where all kinds of high grade tea including Matcha, Gyokuro, and Sencha have been produced. Throughout history, farmers in this region have grown high grade tea with loving care, so the methods, soil quality, and breeds of tea have been perfected over time.
3. The accumulation of tea cultures
Kyoto was the capital of Japan for over one-thousand years, so the tea ceremony, the tea ware industry, and Japanese tea culture developed centrally in Kyoto. Shizuoka or Tokyo has historically tended to brew tea in haste. In contrast, people in Kyoto have tended to enjoy not only the finished product, but the slow and graceful process of brewing a perfect cup of tea. People in Kyoto also take time to appreciate the tea ware and the presentation of the tea - the beautiful green color and the wonderful fresh smell of a great cup of tea.
In the last few years, the Japanese tea industry has improved processing, preserving, and marketing techniques, which have helped to preserve the essential flavor and freshness of Japanese green tea from the farm to the customer so that people around the world can enjoy a fresh cup of high grade Matcha, Gyokuro, or Sencha.
Quality and Prices
Japanese green tea usually deteriorates when it is transported out of Japan, because of poor quality control procedures. Green tea sold at grocery stores and tea shops is often dry, stale and flavorless -- not at all like the fresh and flavorful green tea you would enjoy in Japan. But our teas are shipped fresh to you directly from our tea farm in Uji, as shown in the chart below.
When you open the packet of Hibiki-an green tea, you can experience the fresh aroma of the many beautiful green tea farms in Uji, and taste the delicious green tea available at specialty shops and restaurants in Kyoto, without traveling all the way to Japan.
In general, it is extremely difficult to keep Japanese green tea fresh. But, we at Hibiki-an have very strong quality control standards at every step of the way, from harvesting and processing, to packaging and shipping the tea from our tea farm to your doorstep. These quality control procedures enable us to send our products in the best possible condition to customers all over the world.
Please read "How to Enjoy Green Tea" for tips on how to best preserve your Japanese green tea once it arrives!
Because our tea is shipped directly from Hibiki-an to you, we can offer you the freshest and highest quality tea for the lowest possible price. Online direct sales enable us to offer you a lower price by eliminating the extra costs associated with wholesalers and retailers.
What sets us apart from most online tea shops is the fact that we own our tea farm. Because we own our farm, we have complete control over quality and pricing. You will not find a Japanese green tea of this superior quality for a lower price anywhere.
The reason of our quality and price
Our product range
Our product line and range of genuine Japanese tea are quite extensive and all teas are grown only in the Uji, Kyoto region. Our tea categories include Gyokuro, Sencha, Matcha, Genmaicha, Houjicha, Certified Organic, and Teabag. Each category has a wide range of products from middle grade every-day tea to the special highest grade hand picked tea.
Social Action Works of Hibiki-an
We donate a part of every month's sales revenue to UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund) and support the activities in over 190 countries for children's rights, survival, development, and protection.
(For more information, please visit UNICEF page.)
The Letter of Appreciation from Unicef
Development and Promotion of Uji Tea
Training scene of traditional hand processing
Training scene of tea discrimination
Completion ceremony of renovation of the birth house of Sohen Nagatani, who is the inventor of the Uji cha processing method
Hibiki-an Tea Farm Tour
Our tea farm is located in the remote countryside of Ujitawara. From Kyoto station, we are 1.5 to 2 hours away by local train, bus and taxi.
We don’t have an official tour program. However, if you are our customer and are able to make arrangements to travel to our farm on your own, we are happy to give you a tour, if time allows. We are often busy working on the tea farm and at our shop, so please confirm your plans with us at least one week in advance. If time allows, we will be able to show you our tea farms, the birthplace of Sohen Nagatani who invented today’s Japanese tea processing method, the birthplace of Uji tea, and so on.
Please note because we are a small company having just a small number of staff, we offer the private tour not to potential or non-customers but only to our loyal or existing customers.
If you are interested in visiting our tea farm, please contact us at least two weeks in advance (two weeks before the date you would like a tour) to confirm if we are available, and reserve a tour date. Please visit Contact Us page.
New Website Optimized for Smartphone
All pages of our website have been optimized for Smartphone. So, the new site will enable you to take advantage of our website in a new way. For example, you will be able to access our Tea Recipe pages on your Smartphone in the kitchen as you follow along and prepare an amazing green tea dessert!
We hope you will find many ways to enjoy our new website whenever and wherever you would like.
New Optimized Website for Smartphone: tap here
We are now recruiting for a job position as follows. To enter, would you send resumes in Japanese, and motivation for applying by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) at first?
Guidelines for Applicants
- Having Japanese citizenship or permanent residence status in Japan
- Linguistic capacity: Fully understanding business conversation of Japanese, and understanding everyday English conversation at least.
- Approximately 3 or 5 years job experience, and graduation from university
- Age: 25 to 30 years old
- Person who can cherish Japanese green tea and Japanese culture with his or her soul
- Ministrant of online store manager and wholesale.
- This recruitment is NOT for temporary staff but permanent staff. Salary and treatment are according to our company's regulations.
To create and provide value exceeding our customers'expectations, contribute to the Japanese tea industry and farmers, and volunteer for our local community.