5 Must-Know Japanese Green Tea Shops in Kyoto

As you may know, the production areas known as Japan’s 3 Best Green Tea are Uji, Shizuoka, and Sayama.

Among them, Uji (宇治) is a city in Kyoto Prefecture, where unique tea culture has developed over centuries of history.

Today, there are many green tea shops in Kyoto and Uji Cities, and each boasts its Ryokucha

Out of them, today I will introduce 5 Japanese green tea shops you must know.

Ippodo Chaho (一保堂茶舗)

Ippodo ChahoImage: Wikipedia

First, Ippodo Chaho (一保堂茶舗) is a green tea shop established in 1717 in Kyoto City.

The shop got its name from member of the Imperial Family in 1846 and is now considered one of Japan’s most prestigious tea shops.

Shop Information

  • Address: 52 Tokiwagi-Cho, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto City (MAP)
  • Open through the week: 9:00 to 18:00

Ryuouen Chaho (柳桜園茶舗)

Ryuouen ChahoImage: kyoto.graphic.co.jp

Ryuouen Chaho (柳桜園茶舗) is a tea shop that opened in 1875, known for its Matcha green tea leaves favored by famous schools, such as San-Senke (三千家). 

Another recommendation of this shop is the roasted green tea called Karigane Hojicha (かりがねほうじ茶), which features an outstandingly good aroma.

Shop Information

  • Address: 690 Nishiiruchoujiya-Cho, Nijo-Dori-Gokomachi, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto City (MAP)
  • Open: 9:00 to 18:00
  • Closed: Sundays

Takemura Gyokusuien Honpo (竹村玉翠園本舗)

Takemura Gyokusuien HompoImage: leafkyoto.net

Takemura Gyokusuien Honpo (竹村玉翠園本舗) is a green tea shop that’s been in business since 1914, known for its Uji-Cha leaves harvested in Kyoto.

The shop is also recognized for the sweets occasionally featured by the media, such as Ujikin Ice Monaka (宇治金アイスモナカ) and Matcha-flavored soft-serve ice cream.

Shop Information

  • Address: 13 Shogoinsanno-Cho, Sakyo-Ku, Kyoto City (MAP)
  • Open: 9:00 to 19:00
  • Closed: Sundays

Marukyu Koyamaen (丸久小山園)

Marukyu KoyamaenImage: getnews.jp

Founded about 300 years ago in the Uji region of Kyoto, Marukyu Koyamaen (丸久小山園) is known for its Uji-Cha leaves.

Their green tea is highly regarded and has won awards many times.

Shop Information

  • Address: Nishigawa, Nishinotouin-Dori, Oike-Sagaru, Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto City (MAP)
  • Open: 9:30 to 18:00
  • Closed: Wednesdays

Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten (上林春松本店)

Kanbayashi Shunsho HontenImage: ayataka.jp

Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten (上林春松本店), located in Uji City, is also one of Japan’s most prestigious green tea shops with about 450 years of history.

The shop had many connections with famous historical characters in the old days. And today, it carries various products ranging from luxurious to inexpensive.

Shop Information

  • Address: 38 Ujimyoraku, Uji City (MAP)
  • Open: 9:00 to 18:00


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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