KOBATAEN provides select fragrant tea leaves from the birthplace of Japanese green tea, Ujitawara in Kyoto.

Let us introduce our traditional taste and techniques from Ujitawara, the birthplace of Japanese green tea.

Introduction and history of KOBATAEN.Facility information.

Ujitawara is the Birthplace of Japanese Green Tea. Still Inherit the Honor.

Ujitawara is the place where Soen Nagatani living devised clear green Sencha with overwhelmingly exquisite taste and flavor, called "Aosei Sencha" (Uji Method) that is totally different from the previous brewed tea in the middle of Edo Period(1603-1868) (during the reign of Tokugawa Yoshimune, the eighth Shogun of the Tokugawa Shogunate). This is a tea town known as the "Birthplace of Japanese Green Tea". The beautiful green tea was spread from Ujitawara to Uji establishing a position of fine tea including a tribute to the Imperial Court and others. We have inherited the honor.

"Kobataen" was a Tea Farmer in Ujitawara.

As the name suggests, "Kobataen" was a long-established tea farmer. Heiemon Morita lived in Ujitawarago Tachikawa Village started to produce tea and increase the number of farms for new tea leaves from the middle of Edo Period(1603-1868). He called the new farm "Ichiban-Shinbata", "Nakahata-Shinbata", "Minami-Shinbata" and others. The name of "Kobataen was born since he called the original farm "Kobata". We have followed a long line of the Japanese tea from the Edo Period(1603-1868) and managed the tea sales from the early Meiji Period(1868-1912). Regulation of the "Competitive Exhibition" by the Meiji Government was issued so that we have submitted in different kinds of fairs and exhibitions including "The 1st Tea Manufacturing Competitive Exhibition" in 1879 held by Bureau of Labor and Agriculture, and Commerce Affairs Bureau and others so that we have established our brand by winning a number of awards.

"Kobataen" Brand Established with Customers.

This is the sign that we still keep the letters and telegrams of Meiji(1868-1912) and Taisho(1912-1926) Periods at that time. Order forms sent from Osaka and Yokohama, and the letters of appreciation shows the high credibility towards "Kobataen's Tea". These are our mental treasure to "Go Back to Our First Objectives" in any ages. It was in the Taisho Period(1912-1926) that we launched mail order business by money order and postal transfer in response to our customers' requests. Deliver first and pay after the delivery was an innovative style at that time. It was a new business based on a trust in our customers.

History of Fair Awards.

1879. Submitted to "The 1st Tea Manufacturing Competitive Exhibition" held by Bureau of Labor and Agriculture, and Commerce Affairs Bureau.
November 27th, 1886. Sencha won a prize at Kyoto Tea Fair.
May 3rd, 1923. Sencha won a first prize at the 2nd Family Exposition.
March 20th, 2007. Gyokuro received an award from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries at the 28th Uji Tea Fair and the Kyoto Governor's Award.
November 1st, 2007. Gyokuro received Grand Gold Award at the 1st World Green Tea Contest.
August 8th, 2008. Sencha received Golden and Silver Award at the 7th International Institute of Tea Science and Culture.
October 17th, 2010. Gyokuro received Golden Award at the 8th International Institute of Tea Science and Culture.
March 19th, 2013. Sencha received an award from the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries at the 28th Uji Tea Fair and the Kyoto Governor's Award.
September 18th, 2014. Sencha received Grand Gold Award at the 10th International Institute of Tea Science and Culture.
April 30th, 2016. Matcha received Grand Gold Award at the 11th International Institute of Tea Science and Culture.

Company Profile.

Corporate Name Kobataen Co., Ltd.
Foundation, History around mid-Edo Period(1603-1868). (during Hoei era) (started as a tea farmer)
Meiji Period(1868-1912): Set the shop name as Kobata-Chaen.
Taisho Period(1912-1926): Started mail order business as Kobataen-Chaho.
A long established company in Kyoto (History of more than 100 years ago)Certified by the Kyoto prefectural Government
Established in April, 1962. Reorganized into a company limited.
Description of Business Manufacturing and Online sales.
Certification Connoisseur of Japanese tea.
Screening technique of tea: 6th grade.
Japanese Tea Instructor.
Oolong Tea Instructor.
Address 49 Tachikawa-Nakasuji Ujitawara-cho Tsuzuki County Kyoto Prefecture. Zip code: 610-029
TEL: 0774-88-2115@FAX: 0774-88-3643
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[Factory] 32 Araki-Tachikawa Ujitawara-cho Tsuzuki County Kyoto Prefecture. Zip code: 610-0252
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TEL:+81-774-88-2115 FAX:+81-774-88-3643
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