The terroir of Makizono is located in the larger region of Kirishima, which is renowned for its fertile land. Kirishima is situated at the southernmost part of Kagoshima Prefecture and boasts picturesque natural landscapes. The tea fields themselves are nestled between mountains at an elevation of 600–700m not too far away from the Mt. Kirishima volcano.
Kirishima is named for its fog (霧; kiri), which reduces UV light and naturally shades the tea plants, thus promoting the production of an umami flavour (natural kabuse). Few tea farms exist in this idyllic region, making it an ideal location for organic cultivation. With fewer farms nearby, the risk of contamination by pesticide drift is reduced.
This tea is sourced exclusively from the above-mentioned tea plantation in Makizono and is purchased directly from the farmer.