Summer is known for sunshine and heat, and the same goes for summers in Japan. Though many people might think of curling up with a warm mug of tea during chillier seasons, cold brewed and iced teas can be delicious and refreshing beverages for the summer.
Chilled teas are not only popular in Japan, certain types of teas are also in season during the summer. Seasonality impacts many areas of Japanese life, including culture and cuisine—which of course encompasses tea as well. Seasonality assures freshness and peak flavor, making for truly tasty teas.
While many teas can be enjoyed both hot and cold, what could be better than a refreshing cup of chilled tea on a warm summer day? Here are our picks for the five best Japanese teas to enjoy during the summer.