Japanese Tea Marathon

Introduction

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 and up to 200 participants will be able to receive a selection of 30 teas (2 from each region), that will be brewed during the marathon.

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:

  • With a set of 30 teas (2 from each region)
    • Registration deadline 30th May, 2021
    • Limited up to 200 participants. If more than 200 people apply, priority will be given to those, who: 
      • can participate in the whole marathon
      • can help promote the event (tea schools, tea shops, tea blogs, etc.)
  • Without the tea set
    • Registration deadline 7th August, 2021
    • Available up to 1000 people

Recording: The events will be recorded and may be displayed publicly. If you do not wish to be recorded, please have your video and audio off. 

Tea Regions and Schedule

23rd July
Kagoshima
 
26th July
Fukuoka
30th July
Kochi
 
2nd August
Shiga
 
6th August
Saitama
 
24th July
Miyazaki
 
28th July
Saga
 
31st July
Kyoto
 
4th August
Mie
 
7th August
Ibaraki
 
25th July
Kumamoto
 
29th July
Nagasaki
 
1st August
Nara
 
5th August
Aichi
 
8th August
Shizuoka
 

Registration 

 

The registration for the Japanese Tea Marathon please click the button below and fill out the registration form.

Japanese Tea Marathon Organizers

 

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)