Several years back, I toyed with the idea of starting my own tea shop. I even went to the “World Tea Expo,” a global industry trade show, two years in a row to research and network with suppliers. While I never wound up taking the plunge into tea retail, I had always wanted to visit a tea plantation–you might remember it was on my “tea travel bucket list.”
When we went to Japan back in 2012, I looked for green tea plantations to visit but I couldn’t find one that was open to the public. As recently as January of this year, I asked several major green tea producers that I met at a food industry trade show if they offered farm tours at their Japanese tea plantations. None did.