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Must-See for Tea Lovers! 5 Specialty Japanese Tea Shops in Tokyo

You must try Japanese tea if you get a chance to visit Japan. They sell tea leaves in convenience stores and supermarkets that you can buy as souvenirs, but you should definitely check out specialty shops that carry a wide variety. Here are 5 shops in Tokyo you should consider!

1. Tokyo Saryo

This is a shop where you can try the world's first hand-dripped Japanese tea. It's standard to make Japanese tea in a small teapot called a "kyusu," so this shop's style is extremely rare. The deliciousness of their tea and the stylishness of the interior design have made it a popular cafe.
You can enjoy your tea there, or buy your favorite tea leaves to take home. The cafe menu is made up of a single item: Sencha and Sweets Set (1,300 JPY (incl. tax)). Sencha is the name for all green tea outside of matcha (powdered green tea). You can choose 2 types of tea out of 7, and they are infused separately using the hand-drip method, and served with an infusion of genmaicha (tea with roasted brown rice). You can fully enjoy the flavors, aroma, and color of each tea while spending an elegant time relaxing.

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1. Tokyo Saryo

1-34-15 Kamiuma, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

2. Ippodo Chaho Tokyo Marunouchi Branch

Ippodo is a tea shop from Kyoto, and this is their branch in Tokyo Marunouchi. You can choose and buy tea as you taste them, and you can also take-out freshly-made tea. There is also a tea room where you can enjoy tea from scratch. They also have events where they teach how to make tea properly (explanations in simple English available).

Example price: Sencha Hosen 100g bag (1,620 JPY (incl. tax))

2. Ippodo Chaho Tokyo Marunouchi Branch

Kokusai Bldg. 1F, Marunouchi Naka-dori, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

3. Saryo Tsujiri Daimaru Tokyo Branch

This is a shop managed by Gion Tsujiri, a veteran shop in Kyoto that first opened in 1860. This branch was started from the desire of teaching young people the proper way to make and drink tea and to have them experience the true deliciousness of tea. This branch is on the 10th floor of Daimaru Tokyo, directly connected to Tokyo Station, so you can enjoy the view of Ginza from the window. You can enjoy the various flavors of Uji tea not just as a drink but also in various sweets. There's also a souvenir shop that sells sweets and tea.

Example price: Genmaicha Karigane Genmaicha (918 JPY (incl. tax))
*Uji genmaicha and sweets set

3. Saryo Tsujiri Daimaru Tokyo Branch

Daimaru Tokyo 10F, Yaesu North Exit, Tokyo Station, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

4. Uogashi Meicha Tsukiji Branch

This is a Japanese tea specialty shop that opened in 1931. Their easy-to-make and easy-to-drink sencha is their most famous product, and they have a variety of Japanese tea that you can drink daily. Their other branch in Tsukiji, Cha no Mi Kurabu, sells tea, has a tea room, and holds events where you can enjoy tea.

Example price: Shincha Tenka Ichi 100g bag (1,836 JPY (incl. tax))



*Photo is of Cha no Mi Kurabu

4. Uogashi Meicha Tsukiji Branch

4-10-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

5. Jugetsudo Ginza Kabukiza Branch

This is a Japanese tea specialty shop with two branches in Tokyo and 1 in Paris. This is an elegant branch where you can enjoy tea surrounded by 3,000 bamboo trees with a view of the rooftop garden of Kabukiza, a kabuki theater in Ginza. They have not just tea but also light meals like soba and sweets for you to enjoy. You can buy tea as souvenirs in the attached sales corner.

Example price: Sencha Set with Sweets (starting from 1,200 JPY (incl. tax))

5. Jugetsudo Ginza Kabukiza Branch

Kabukiza Tower 5F, 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

You can enjoy these shops not just as a retail store but also as a cafe. Please stop by when you're visiting Tokyo.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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