All about Shincha

All about Shincha

All the sweetness and freshness of spring in young picked tea shoots, Shincha.

Tea Picking Timeline


First harvest

Second harvest

Third harvest

Automn/Winter harvest

Kagoshima Prefecture

Early April-May

Early/End of June

Half July and early August

Half September early October

Shizuoka Prefecture

Half April-May

Half June and half July

End of July and early August

End of September and early October

Kyoto Prefecture

Early/End of May

End of June and early July


End of August and half September


The harvest begins in warmer regions such as Kagoshima and then gradually moves north, as does the flowering of the cherry blossoms.

Terms Used

The first harvest of the year is called the first "ichibancha", because it is the tea obtained by picking the first tea tree shoots of the year. Then, the following harvests are called “nibancha” (second picking), “sanbancha” (third picking).

Ichibancha is also called "Shincha" which means new tea. "Shincha" also has the meaning of first harvest with another name "Hatsumono" because it is the first harvest of the year. Depending on the region, there is also the "Autumn/Winter Bancha", which is picked at the beginning of autumn instead of picking the sanbancha.

Learn more about Shincha


Tea plants rest and accumulate many nutrients during the winter. Then, the buds develop and become young leaves during the spring. These are tea leaves that are harvested.

88th Night Shincha

The 88th Night Shincha is between May 1 and 3 from the first day of spring, which is February 4. The writing of the kanji (ideogram) for 88 refers to the kanji of the rice, by its use, this day is important for the farmers. As in a Japanese song “Summer is approaching 88 nights”, the peak tea picking season is reached on the day when spring turns into summer, 88 nights after the start of spring. Since ancient times, Sincha has been said to bring good health and longevity, and is considered auspicious.

How to drink Shincha (for 3 people)


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