"What's a good beginner gyokuro" would be something like "Hajime no oishii gyokuro wa nan desu ka?"
You might also try "Shoushin no tame ni gyokuro wa dou desu ka?"
DangerInRed wrote:Looking through my program schedule, we're going to be in Nagano, Kamikochi, Takayama, Nagoya, and a bunch of other places in the Tokyo area, of which I'm not sure yet.
Hida-Takayama? Up in the mountains? If so, try hitting the morning markets (asaichi) by the river and in front of the Jinya. They had some interesting teas when I was there and, of course, they give you a sample first. You have to get there early though, the markets close by noon.