Earlier in the year I was very privileged to join a press tour to Japan’s Uji area, in Nara prefecture. Uji is one of the premier locations for growing and refining green tea, especially matcha, which is said to be of the highest quality. I was excited to explore an area of Japan that I’ve only had the chance to superficially explore up until now.
During the trip we were shown some of the oldest locations in Japan where tea leaves are still grown, as well as a variety of historical sites that denote areas where green tea was first introduced in Japan. The best part of course was visiting the remote terraced slopes where the tea leaves are grown en masse – the picturesque, fastidiously manicured hills are definitely a sight to be seen if you are into tea, photography or both, and they are definitely worth the effort to go the extra mile from the station.
The other highlight of course, is tasting the matcha and wagashi (Japanese sweets) that are the product of this historical area. There’s matcha in everything here, so if you like green tea flavored ice cream, coffee, soba noodles and other things, Uji is definitely your place!
Anyway, enjoy some travel photography from Uji, and get your appetite for green tea going!
All photos shot with a Sony A7rii and a variety of lenses, but mostly the Zeiss Batis 2.8/135 and 1.8/85.