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The oldest teagardens of Japan, established around 1200 AD, are located in Uji. The Uji tea gardens are relatively small, but boast a high quality tea. Uji is famous for gyokuro and matcha, as well as for its excellent sencha.
The first tea of the year, shincha, is harvested later than in other regions because of Uji's colder and longer winter. Most of Uji's supply of tea goes directly to nearby Kyoto, the cultural center of Japan.