Did you know that Kochi prefecture also produces tea? It has the optimal environment for tea plants, which have naturally grown there since ancient times. The main production areas are Niyodogawa Town, Shimanto Town, and Tsuno Town. At these fields, tea is cultivated on steep slopes where the difference in temperature between day and night is huge, and fog covers the leaves. Such an environment results in a high-quality tea, with less bitterness and rich in taste.
There are different types of green tea in Japan. One popular type of green tea is Hōjicha, a type of green tea that involves roasting the tea leaves instead of steaming them, giving it a distinctive aroma and taste.
Ikegawa Tea Garden uses it also in their wonderful desserts, as you can see in the image below. They have a selection of tiramisu, pudding, brandy cakes, parfaits, roll cakes, and chocolates.Check out their website if you are curious! https://www.ikegawachaen.jp/product/index.html