Matcha is loved in Japan and in recent years has become known worldwide. This time we will introduce five places in Tokyo where you can eat healthy and delectable matcha sweets.
1. A taste of Gion in Tokyo: Tsujiri Daimaru Tokyo Store
"Tsujiri tea room" is a popular Japanese sweets shop that features sweets made from the finest quality Uji Matcha and tea leaves. It was created an expansion of the long-standing Uji Matcha specialty store Tsujiri, originally established in 1860. You can enjoy the taste of Tsujiri at the “Tsujiri Tea Room Daimaru Tokyo Store”. One of the most popular menu items is the Tsujiri special parfait (1,566 JPY (incl. tax)). The colorful green matcha parfait is made with matcha castella cake and ice cream and then topped with matcha jelly and cream to totally fill your matcha cravings. It’s generously sized but it’s not too sweet and has a rich matcha smell, giving it a refined taste. You will eat it right up before you know it!
2. A taste of Kyoto in Shibuya: "Zen Kashoin Tea House Garden"
“Zen Kashoin Tea House Garden” is the one and only Tokyo branch of the Kyoto "wagashi" Japanese sweets shop Zen Kashoin. We recommend the seasonal Matcha Terrine (1,200 JPY) It is a sticky dough made from white chocolate and matcha with black soybeans added in, giving it a rich flavor. It goes perfectly with the smoky flavor of a cup of Kyobancha (Kyoto Bancha tea). At their shop on the B2 floor, you can try their number one best selling castella cake as well as a wide variety of standard and seasonal sweets. Get some as a reward for yourself or as a present for someone special!
3. A long-standing tea shop just outside of Shinjuku Station West exit: "Cha no Ikedaya"
Located near the blood donation room in basement of the Shinjuku Station West exit, Cha no Ikedaya is a Japanese tea specialty store that has been in the same location for over 70 years since its establishment in 1945. Besides tea, it has a wide selection of other choices including home roasted coffee, teacakes, and soft serve ice cream. Their ever-popular matcha soft serve ice cream (250 JPY (incl. tax)) is the perfect balance of ice cream’s sweetness with tea’s natural bitterness. Its smooth taste will melt in your mouth along with a faint hint of bitter matcha. It doesn’t leave an over-sweet aftertaste so after you’re done you will refreshed as if you had drank a cup of tea.
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4. Line up for their famous flavor: "Shimokita Chaen Oyama Tearoom"
Only a 2-minute walk away from the Odakyu and Keio line Shimokitazawa station, is “Shimokita Chaen Oyama Tearoom”. It is often featured in the media and so popular there are lines almost every day. Their top selling Matcha Azuki “kakigori” shaved ice (800 JPY) is massive. The elegant taste of matcha makes for a perfect balance of sweet and bitterness. The matcha soft serve ice cream (300 JPY) is sprinkled with matcha powder on top to double enhance the matcha taste. The ice cream goes great with their crunchy waffles.
5. The place to go to get your fill of Matcha sweets: "Morinoen Sweets Shop"
Morinoen Sweets Shop, located in Nihonbashi’s Ningyocho, is the teahouse of Morinoen, a houjicha (Roasted green tea) specialty store established in 1914. You can try for yourself their Houjicha Parfait made with first-rate houjicha and sweets made with Uji Matcha, along with a cup of freshly brewed houjicha. One of our top recommendations is the All-Matcha Parfait (980 JPY), which is filled with shiratama dumplings, jelly, honey, whipped cream, ice cream, and honey all made with of lavish amounts Uji Matcha. You can taste the perfect harmony of high quality matcha and homemade sweet red bean paste with their matcha Zenzai (Sold hot and cold, both 950 JPY). They also carry matcha beer which is a very rare find! Any beer lovers should definitely give it a try.
How did you like our picks? Matcha has many positive effects including, relaxation, skin health, concentration. If you come to Tokyo, take a look at this article and try some delicious and healthy Matcha sweets.
*Please note that the prices and other information in the article may not be the most up-to-date information