Imagine travelling across Japan visiting beautiful tea regions and tasting a range of popular as well as little-known Japanese teas. By joining the Japanese Tea Marathon, you can!

Inspired by the athletic spirit of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Japanese Tea Marathon will be held during the olympic period between 23rd July - 8th August 2021. A series of events will take place online, and over 15 days will give a chance to explore 15 tea regions of Japan!

The digital journey will cover 3 of 4 main islands of Japan: Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku. It will start down south in Kagoshima, continue through the middle of the country, including Kyoto, and at last finish in Shizuoka.

By joining the Japanese Tea Marathon, not only you will learn about the regionality of Japanese tea, but also meet real tea producers from each region and hear their stories. Participation is completely free.

Do you have the stamina to complete the Japanese Tea Marathon?

Key Information

Event dates and times: The Japanese Tea Marathon will be held between 23rd July - 8th August. To account for the time difference each regional event will be held twice a day: 11am-1pm and 4pm-6pm (JST). 

Event language: English will be the main language of the events with some translation from Japanese.

Participation fee: Participation in the Japanese Tea Marathon is free of charge.

Participation mode: Online through Zoom. Zoom information will be sent to registered participants before the start of the Japanese Tea Marathon.

Participation options:

  •  Regular ticket (registration is still open)
    • Registration deadline 7th August, 2021 - the last day of the marathon
    • Available up to 1000 people
    • Please bring your own tea to the events
  • Special ticket with a set of 30 teas (registration has closed) 
    • Registration deadline 30th May, 2021
    • All 200 tea sets were sent to selected participants

Recording: The events will be recorded and recording will be shared after the marathon. If you do not wish to be recorded, please have your video and audio off. 


Tea Regions and Schedule

To find out more about each tea region and tea producers working there, click on region name above.



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Here are some of the frequently received questions.

1.How can I join the marathon?

--> To participate in the marathon, please register above. If you have registered, but have not received the zoom login details, please contact us at

2.Can I buy the marathon tea set?

-->The tea set was made specially for the marathon, and there are no more available unfortunately. To find out about and connect with each tea producer please visit the tea region pages by clicking on the tea region name in the schedule.

3. Can I watch the marathon replay?

-->Marathon events are recorded and the recordings will be posted on our youtube channel after the marathon.



The Japanese Tea Marathon is organized by and the Japan Tea Central Council PIIA and the Global Japanese Tea Association. 

(公益社団法人日本茶業中央会, 日本茶業体制強化推進協議会, 一般社団法人国際日本茶協会)