Gokase is located in a mountainous region in the northern part of Miyazaki prefecture. Wild mountain teas processed as kamaircha have long flourished in this region. The method of making kamairicha was introduced from China and Korea and traveled through Kumamoto prefecture to Miyazaki prefecture around 1600. Commercial tea farming in Gokase started at the end of the 19th century. The first tea plantation in this area was established on the grounds of the temple Jônenji, when the 14th chief priest planted tea seeds brought back from Uji in 1890. Today Gokase is distinguished for the production of high-quality kamairicha.