Dedicated To Organic Farming Since 1973


Orita Nobuo san was 24 years-old when he inherited his family tea farm and factory from his father, in 1970. Established in 1960, Orita-en tea plantation decided to turn to organic tea already in the 1970s, but it took them 20 years of trial and errors to find the right method that would yield a satisfactory result.

They received the JAS organic certification in 2000 when it was first launched. The fields of Orita-en cover 25 ha in Chiran area. Their teas benefits from the rich soil and the mild climate of the Kagoshima peninsula. Their products are the results of both a great environment and careful work.

Tea trees that grow according to organic standards and methods tend to become deficient because their metabolism is activated and requires a large amount of nutrients and trace elements. Relying on scientific data, Orita-en selects the type and quantity of nutrients necessary by performing original soil analysis and fertilization design. Using microorganisms, they can achieve synergy with fertilizer agents and obtain a highly efficient control.

Orita-en is a family-run company committed to increase their exports. Today, Orita Nobuo san is assisted by his son, Mitsushi san, who travels abroad to promote Orita-en tea all around the world. The Orita family firmly believes that good green tea offers peace of mind and helps the body remaining healthy.


International And National Praise

1996: First prize, National Tea Competition

1997: First prize, National Tea Competition

1998: First prize, National Tea Competition, Ministry Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries

2000: First prize, National Tea Competition

2012: Best prize, Hong Kong International Tea Fair Competition

2013: Excellence Award, Hong Kong International Tea Fair Competition

2015: Best prize, Hong Kong International Tea Fair Competition



An Unmatched Variety

Thanks to its mild climate, in addition to the widely known Yabukita, the region grows a large scope of tea cultivars: the rich Yutaka Midori with its intense aroma and high levels of catechins, the bright and sweet Sae Midori with its nice smell and high contents of theanin and amino acid, as well as the rare Asa tsuyu, known as the “natural Gyokuro”, with its fragrant aroma and thick sweetness.

Covering 3,454 hectares and with four crops a year, this region is the largest producer of green tea in Japan.


First Harvest In Japan


A Long Tradition Of Tea Farming

Chiran tea is the result of the common efforts of three long-established tea communities located in Minamikyushu, Kagoshima.

Ei, Kawanabe and Chiran communities have a long and deeply rooted history with tea, starting in Kawanabe in 1659 by Samurai families (you can still visit samurai houses in Chiran).

Today,845 producers supply 129 factories with a large scope of cultivars. Their work and dedication to making the  nest grade of tea are recognized by the number of awards that Chiran tea has received in prefecture and nation-wide competitions (over 140 !).

Making good use of the exceptional climate blessing the region, the producers are steadily giving more and more importance to growing more delicate, but tastier and healthier, tea cultivars such as Sae Midori and Asatsuyu.


Sun And Minerals

Orita san explains: "Our farm is in Chiran, Minami-Kyushu city, Kagoshima  prefecture. It is located on flat land by the sea. It has not an environment as ideal as when fields can benefit from river mist or morning fogs, but the amount of solar radiation is large, so our tea enjoys high polyphenol contents.

We also improve its quality by supplying minerals and by covering the tea trees. As a result, the tea produced in our farm is characterized by a firm body and a strong tannin taste, as well as aromas like lily and nuts."