Meet the Tea Farmer: Hideki Ikeya

Many of us love Japanese tea, from rich green matcha, to refreshing bright sencha, to warming roasty hojicha. But do you know where and how your tea is made?

Live Meet the Tea Farmer Events are a unique opportunity to meet the tea heroes, who put all their heart in making tea, and taste their tea while hearing their stories. By attending the event you will have a chance to learn how they started farming tea, what teas they produce and what philosophy guides them. Even more, you will receive 2 teas made by the tea farmer that you can brew at home during the event!

Our next guest is Hideki Ikeya – the president of Ikenoyaen, a family tea farm in the Iruma region of Saitama prefecture. The Ikeya family has been making tea since the Edo period and has over 200 years of history. Their tea was among the first to be exported outside of Japan. Ikeya-san is also a true tea master – he has won first place in the national Japanese Tea Evaluation Contest. During the event you will be able to try two of Ikeya-san’s teas a delicious Fukamushi Kabusecha from the local Sayama Kaori cultivar, and a brand new blend of a Wakocha, hibiscus and Japanese citrus yuzu.

*These events are interactive, and participants are more than welcome to engage with the tea farmers and ask questions. To keep the events personable, they are limited to 12 participants.


What: Meet the Tea Farmer: Hideki Ikeya

When: The event will be held twice at 10am-11:30am and 4pm-5:30pm on 20th April (Japan time)

Language: English and Japanese


  • In Japan:
    • 4,000yen/person regular ticket
    • 3,500yen/person member ticket (Tea Fellow and Tea Catalyst)
  • Abroad:
    • 6,000yen/person regular ticket,
    • 5,500yen/person member ticket (Tea Fellow and Tea Catalyst)

*The ticket fee difference in Japan and abroad is due to the difference in the tea shipping costs.

What is included:

  • live event with a tea farmer over Zoom
  • 2 teas (Fukamushi Kabusecha 60g and Wakocha blend 40g),
  • shipping fees

Registration: Click the button below to register for the event and you will receive further information on how to join the live event. Your place will be confirmed after the payment is received.


  • 30 days before the event – full refund, excluding transaction fees
  • Less than 30 days before the event  – no refund


Register Here