5 Tea Specialty Stores in Kyoto to Buy Delicious Tea as Souvenirs
You may find a huge number of Japanese tea specialty stores in Kyoto with a wide array of products, starting from popular Japanese-exclusive products to Uji green tea. Here are 5 specially selected stores that are popular stores where you may buy tea leaves as souvenirs. Please enjoy the uniqueness of their flavors as well as their packaging.
1. Ippodo Tea Kyoto Main Store
This is a store representative of Kyoto and is popular nationwide. It has been in the business since the year 1717 and has a supply of a wide variety of tea leaves. You may have a taste of the different teas to pick out which one you want. Furthermore, you may avail of the take out service, as well as enjoy the meticulously brewed tea along with some confectionery at the tea room adjacent to the store.
Example of Prices: Sencha Kabuko 1 Pack, 50g (1,350 JPY (incl. tax)), etc.
2. Kanbayashi Shunsho Main Store
This branch has a history of 450 years in the business and handles a blend of specially-selected tea leaves from all over the country, with Kyoto-made ones as the focus. Their tea has a deep flavor and has a rich scent. In the city of Uji, you may find a small retail store catering to this, as well as a memorial containing historical documents about the store and tea, and a manufacturing company for matcha green tea, where you can watch the process of making (reservation required). You may find a showroom at the first floor of the factory, where you may purchase a variety of tea leaves.
Example of Prices: Sencha Kyoshizuku 1 Pack, 50g (2,000 JPY (excl. tax)), etc.
3. Fukujuen Kyoto Main Branch
Fukujuen is a popular long-established store that been in business since 1790. This store offers original matcha green tea that you may find only here, which you may purchase tax free. You may also avail of the tea room or the space for light meals, where they sell sweets in tea flavors. They also have a French shop, that greatly infuses the charms of the matcha green tea.
They have also opened an event where you may experience how to brew delicious matcha under supervision of an instructor. If you reserve ahead of time, you may avail of this offer in English (please inquire for other languages).
Example of Prices: Camellia with Matcha Sencha 1 Pack, 100g (1,512 JPY (incl. tax)), etc.
4. Nakamura Tokichi Uji Main Branch
The Nakamura Tokichi Main Branch located in Uji has been around since 1854, with branches in Kyoto Station and Tokyo. The main branch in Uji offers a rich variety of tea leaves as well as a cafe that serves other types of Japanese tea and sweets with tea as the base. Please also check out the tea room, where you may experience preparing matcha green tea yourself (instruction in simple English available).
Example of Prices: Nakamura Tea 50g (1,080 JPY (incl. tax)), etc.
This a Japanese tea specialty store located at the lively Nishiki Food Market, which is known as the Kitchen of Kyoto. This store sells fresh, fragrant tea leaves by the gram. Their high-selling product would include the freshly roasted bancha (green tea put over a strong fire). This is a popular type of tea that many people come to by because of its fragrance. Please give this store a visit as they sell other varieties of tea, as well!
Example of Prices: Ryoriya-san no Obancha 100g (648 JPY (incl. tax)), etc.
How did you find it? Please try out some Japanese tea as souvenirs and enjoy them at your own homes.
*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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