Chiran tea

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A tea plantation in Kagoshima

Chiran tea (知覧茶, Chirancha) is a type of Japanese green tea produced in Chiran, a former town in Kagoshima Prefecture, which is now part of Minamikyūshū.

Characteristics[edit]

The mild climate and fertile soil near the volcano Sakurajima are suited to growing tea.

History[edit]

Villagers started growing teas in fields in 1872. In 1934, a tea factory was built. In 1938, the tea made there was presented to the Emperor.