Main content starts here.

インダストリアルツーリズムロゴ

 

Ochakko Salon Issen (Iruma City)

 

18 Mar 2018

Sayamacha (Sayama Tea) is described as, “Colors of Shizuoka, smell of Uji (うじ),taste of Sayama (さやま)”.With the focal birthplace of Green Tea being the southwest segment of Saitama, the tea is known to be made with a great emphasis on taste. Not only does Iruma have the most number of tea produced from Sayama, but is home to a tea museum (rare in Japan) named ALIT  with a restaurant, Ochakko Salon Issen that offers traditional Chinese-style vegetarian cuisine (popular in the Edo period) that can be enjoyed.

 

issen1

issen2

 

Understand the History of Local Tea and Savor the Taste

Saitama’s “Siege of Kawagoe Castle” was listed as the location for tea in the Isei-teikin-ōrai , a textbook composed in the second half of the 12th century for to attain knowledge on the society of noblewoman and noblemen. However, at one point the tradition of tea in Saitama hit a pause and declined. Beginning of the 1800s, individuals from Saitama visited Kyoto, the capital of Japan at the time to learn the practice and technique of forming Uji. Since then the tea production returned to Iruma and was known as Sayama-cha (Sayama tea). Known for Edo’s mass consumption, the Sayama-cha was sent out to Edo. When the port opened towards the end of the Edo period, tea became an important export creating a time in which Sayama-cha conquered the foreign market.

 

Yuuji Kasuya, manager of “SAYAMA TEA STYLE” who operates Issen once was an engineer. However, during a business trip abroad, he discovered the attention tea was receiving worldwide. In addition, Mr. Kasuya had known the reality of the shortage in successors who can pass down the traditions of Sayama-cha from when he was little. Hence, he built the company in hopes of giving Sayama-cha more recognition. Now, he provides tea recipes to Issen, develops products such as pressed oils for dressings and tea, and gives tours to teach individuals on the cultivation of tea.

 

Issen’s recommended dishes are named Irotoridori Roku-hachi or 6 bowls of various colors and Irotoridari Ku-hachi or 9 bowls of various colors (いろどりろくはち)which includes meals such as tea croquette, tea’s tsukudani (preserved tea leaves boiled down in soy sauce and sugar), potato salad with fresh greens, fried tofu, with most dishes containing tea. As a foodstuff, tea has the difficulty of changing color easily, however, with Issen’s original approach, the green color of the tea is maintained when placed in meals. The refreshing flavor of tea correlates with the healthiness of the food.

Every year on and after April the cultivation of Sayama-cha begins and Issen becomes the location in which events such as the tour for individuals to experience Sayama-cha takes place. With about 4 to 5 hours, you can experience tea picking, tea making, food sampling and tea drinking, enjoy a lunch fully incorporating tea, and gain opportunities to try out different activities that include tea.

 

issen3

 

Access


 

issen4

 

Address

〒358-0015 100 Ooasagi Nihongi ,Iruma, Saitama

With Iruma ALIT Museum

Take the Seibu Ikebukuro Line to Iruma Station. Then, take the Seibu Bus in the direction of the Iruma Museum. It is the final stop of the bus’s route. The museum will be a quick trip after getting off the bus.

電話042-934-3316

Map Google Map
Opening Hours

10:30~18:00

(Mondays, Tuesdays of the 4th wee, and the following day of National Holidays will be closed.)

Chokotabi https://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/chokotabi-saitama/eng/travelmag/52.html
Official WEB

http://issen.info/

http://sayama-tea.jp/

                                                  

<Tea Picking Experience>
Visiting Periods May to October from 11:00 to 15:00
Hours of Visitation 4 to 5 hoursPrice: Tea Picking ¥4, 500, Experience Making Tea ¥3, 000
Regular Admission (Overseas Personal Travel) Suitability English, Mandarin, Korean, and Spanish guides are available. (Consultation required.)
Reservations

Reservation required.

How to Reserve: Please visit the following website: https://sayama-tea.jp/contact/ or give Ochakko Salon (電話042-934-3316)

Minimum Number of Participants Tea Picking: 10 people ~ Making Tea: 1 ~
Maximum Number of Participants 40 People
Other Points to be Addressed Credit Cards are not accepted.