Known also as Arioka Castle, Itami Castle was owned by one Murashige Araki - the most capable student of the famous master Sen-no-Rikyu (famed for his lasting influence on the traditional Japanese tea ceremony). It is said that through Sen-no-Rikyu’s teaching, Araki gained a profound knowledge of the Japanese ‘way of tea’.
During the Edo period, Itami prospered, primarily for its sake production. Its Uji district, however, dominated by the close-knit Konoe family, was to become known not for sake, but for Japanese tea. As an area controlled by the Shogun, Uji was frequently visited by writers and artists, and quickly blossomed as a place rich in haiku culture besides its associations with the tea industry.
Even today, the connection between Itami and Japanese tea can still be felt, with ‘Arioka-mo-midori’ (literally, ‘the green of Arioka’) retaining widespread renown. With its tea leaves still hand-picked with utmost care from the neighbouring Uji River, the leaves are then ground using a hand-mill, creating a deliciously pure tea, known for its rich aroma and flavour.

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    Cherry Blossom at Zugaike Park

    Itami’s Zugaike Park (Zugaike Koen) is a favourite local spot for cherry blossom viewing, with around 600 trees of different varieties blossoming from late March into early Apri...

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    Itami Downtown Bar

    Eat and drink your way around central Itami at Itami Machinaka Bar (Itami Downtown Bar)! This is a twice annual and hugely popular ‘bar walk’ event originally inspired by Ha...

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    Itami City PR Video

    Itami City has released a series of 'Experience Traditional Japanese Culture : ITAMI' PR videos! The 7 minute full version shows two visitors' trip to Itami. They enjoy seein...

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    Itami City Hotel

    A five minute walk from both JR Itami Station and Hankyu Itami Station, access to Itami City Hotel is convenient for both business and leisure; central Osaka is a 15 minute trai...

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    Itami Downtown Bar

    Eat and drink your way around central Itami at Itami Machinaka Bar (Itami Downtown Bar)! This is a twice annual and hugely popular ‘bar walk’ event originally inspired by Ha...

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    Itami Morning Marché

    Itami Asa Marché (Itami Morning Market) is a family friendly market event held one Sunday a month, from 8:-00 – 11:00 am at Itami Sangenderamae Hiroba (Sangenderamae Square). St...

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    13th Annual National High School Naginata Tournament

    Place: Itami City Sports Center – Gym Dates and Times: March 24th – 25th (Saturday and Sunday), 2018. 9:00 – 17:00 (24th), 9:00 – 14:00 (25th). Venue opens at 8:10. Admissio...

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    The Brewing Companies in Itami

    Itami has long been a center of sake brewing. Today, there are two brewery companies based in the city: ‘Shirayuki’ and ‘Itami Oimatsu’. Having been established in 1550, Kon...

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    Toyooka Kaban (Bags)

    Toyooka is famous for being Japan's largest producer of bags. Toyooka bags are detailed and are of the highest quality. These bags stand in par with well-known French and Italia...

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    “HIKOMARU” items

    “Hikomaru” is a mascot character of Itami city as same as “Tamimaru.” In order to advertise Itami city, he has been flying to all the parts of Japan with many information. Wit...

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