Located in Shimada City, Shizuoka Prefecture, the Tea Museum Shizuoka is a museum centered around the theme of tea. Situated in the abundant land of Makinohara, renowned as one of Japan’s top tea-producing regions, the museum offers a beautiful view of Mount Fuji on clear days.
Spanning three floors, the spacious interior of the museum features exhibits that provide a comprehensive understanding of the history, culture, and industry of tea in Japan and Shizuoka.
It also offers clear and engaging presentations on various aspects of global tea culture, tea varieties, and functionality through materials and videos. The section dedicated to tea processing techniques, which are essential to tea production, includes actual machinery on display, making it visually captivating. The exhibits are designed to be both enjoyable and informative for visitors of all ages, from young children to adults.
One of the highlights of the museum is a tea room and Japanese garden associated with the Edo period tea master Kobori Enshu. In the charming tea room, visitors can experience the art of the tea ceremony.
The museum also features the Makinohara Tea Plantation Observation Terrace, which overlooks a vast tea plantation. Here, visitors can savor tea while enjoying the view of the tea fields spread out before them.
In February 2022, the Tea Museum, Shizuoka introduced the Digital Museum, an online platform that offers a virtual experience of its permanent exhibits and tea-related activities. Visitors can explore a 360-degree virtual space of the museum, watching explanatory videos about the exhibits.
The Digital Museum goes beyond the museum’s exhibit explanations. It includes videos about Kobori Enshu’s tea room and garden, as well as experiences related to tea ceremonies and tea picking. Various engaging content is available. To access this content, simply scan the QR code provided below and visit the dedicated website.
Address: 3053-2, Kanaya-Fujimi-cho, Shimada City, Shizuoka
Opening hours: 9am-5pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Admission fee: Adults ¥300, University students and younger, persons over 70 years old, and persons with disability certificates free