Saemidori is a young cultivar that has been around for about 20 years. It was bred from a cross between the Yabukita cultivar, which accounts for more than 80% of the tea grown in Japan, and the Asatsuyu cultivar, which is called natural Gyokuro. It was first cultivated in Makurazaki in Kagoshima Prefecture, but is now expanding into other tea farming regions in Kyushu. Its vivid green color and rich umami flavor make it a very appealing green tea. Many farmers consider it as a possible successor to the Yabukita varietal.