Main content starts here.

Kanei Hitokoto Seicha Inc.

Founded in 1865, Kanei Hitokoto Seicha is an established tea manufacturer based in Shimada City, home to the Makinohara Plateau, the largest tea farming region in Japan.
The company is strong in tea OEM services and manufactures products for Japanese general merchandise stores (GMS) such as Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. and major supermarkets. Having expanded its market abroad about four years ago, at present it exports mainly to the United States and Taiwan.

Company address 1408 Higashicho, Shimada-shi, Shizuoka
Tea varieties Hojicha, matcha, powdered green tea, single cultivar tea
Languages Japanese, English
* Japanese language skills are crucial, as only one English-speaking staff is available
Contact Hidemitsu Iwase
Website Kanei Hitokoto Seicha Inc.

Online program

> Apply to online program

<Available contents>
  • Japanese/Shizuoka tea history, industry, and functionality
  • Tea cultivation
  • Unrefined tea process
  • Refining process
  • Tea evaluation method

<Special notes>

  • This program is only available for students who wish to study about Japanese tea or Japanese tea dealers.
  • According to your needs, we can provide you a loose leaf tea sample for examination in advance. (Shipping fee will be charged)




Onsite program A

  • Lesson in tea history, industry, and functionality at the Tea Museum, Shizuoka
  • Shizuoka Japanese Tea Market, tea plant, and tea cafe tour
  • Training in cultivation and unrefined tea process at partner tea farm
  • Training in finishing process at company refining factory
  • Obtaining tea sensory test scores
  • Introduction to overseas market circumstances and products for export, including tasting

From the host

・If you have any restrictions due to allergies or religions, please contact us in advance.

・We have only Japanese style toilets.


Study period 5 days *Study period negotiable (year round)
Participation fee None
Capacity 2-3 persons
Accommodations We arrange an accommodation nearby. (Accommodation fee: around 7,000yen/night)
Entry qualifications Tea or coffee seller
What to bring

Farm work-appropriate clothing and shoes, cell phone, camera, notepad, writing instruments


*In order to prevent the spread of infectious disease, Japan is currently implementing immigration restrictions on travelers.Please confirm the latest condition when traveling. Link to Ministry of Foreign Affaires of Japan:



The other host tea companies


Maruyama Tea Products Corporation

OSADA Seicha Co., Ltd.  

Maruyama Tea Products Corporation

SANWA Co., Ltd

Marumatsu Tea Co., Ltd.

Matcha Organic Japan Co., Ltd.

Marufuku Seicha Co., Ltd.

Kawabata Tea Farm

Ryutsu Service Co., Ltd. 

Otsuka Green Tea Co., Ltd.