• The Uji River runs through the town of Uji

  • Part of Uji commercial area. Though many of the tea plantations have moved further into the countryside, due to an increase in housing, there are still around 10 tea houses in the main street that serve matcha and there are still pockets of tea growing within the city.

  • The Shichimein tea house which has been run by the Horri family for hundreds of years

  • Stored matcha, from the ages, at the Schicimein tea-house

  • A model of an airing, drying and grinding factory which turns tea leaves into matcha. The process used in the factory was developed by the grandfather of the current owner of the Schicimein tea house. The tea house has a small display of historical objects.

  • The current owner of the Horri family business sitting with tea making equipment at his octagon shaped tea table.

  • Octagon table for making and the taking of green tea or matcha.

  • Small covered tea garden for the growing of tea used in the making of high quality matcha. Tea has been grown at this spot for over 700 years.

  • Tea plants used for making of matcha. These plants are cultivars of the original tea bushes planted 700 years ago