The Samidori Tea Cultivar

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Samidori (さみどり) is an unregistered tea cultivar from the Uji region.

It’s not to be confused with Saemidori.

This cultivar is suitable for shaded teas like gyokuro and tencha.

It makes a matcha with good aroma and umami flavor.

History of Samidori

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This cultivar comes from a tea plant in Uji.

Samidori was bred by Koyama Masajirou (小山 政次郎) since 1939.  Its use was encouraged in 1954.

Right now it is easy to find matcha made with Samidori in Kyoto prefecture.

Characteristics of Samidori

It’s a normal budding cultivar, which can be picked at the same time as the Yabukita cultivar.

Samidori has a good resistance to cold weather.

It has the advantage that the picking period is long lasting, so that it reduces the effort when having a tea field with a large area.


The young leaves grow straight up, hence it’s easy to pick by hand. The leaf color is bright green with much luster.

While it has a good yield at harvest, it is slightly lower than Yabukita.

Regarding diseases, Samidori is a bit weak against the grey blight and the white peach scale. It also has medium resistance to anthracnose.


  1. lochan
    February 15, 2022

    Hello Ricardo,
    Your database on Japanese tea is my go to site if I need further information. Please can you let me know by mail more about cold resistance and disease resistance of this tea and Gokou? I notice that you do not have for Asahi which is also a Kyoto cultivar.

    1. Ricardo Caicedo
      February 16, 2022

      Hi Lochan

      I will add a post on the Asahi cultivar soon, and also add more info for the Gokou cultivar.


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