Speaking in terms of shopping for green tea, especially green tea leaves, it does not have to be at the grocery store! The most delicious and beneficial green tea is fresh, loose leaf from Japan. Japanese green tea is a high-end, quality product. It’s such a great product, only 1% is currently exported to the rest of the world!
This is a list of the top recommendations for buying the best green tea!
1. Ippodo Marunouchi
You can find Matcha, Gyokuro, Sencha, tea leaves and other only Japanese tea here. You can select tea while tasting, slowly enjoy shopping. They also have take out menu for the tea, and workshop for how to brew and enjoy specific kinds of tea!
Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 3-1-1 Marunouchi Naka-dori, International Building 1F
5mins walk from Yurakucho Station
http://www.ippodo-tea.co.jp/shop/marunouchi-tokyo.html (Japanese only)
In Chachanoma, there is Japanese tea sommelier who helps select the perfect green tea of your taste, as the leaves on the shelves are carefully selected by the master. If you decide to take a seat and drink a cup of green tea at the café, then tea sommelier comes to your table and pour the tea for you.
It is a healthy tea cafe which mainly sells Japanese green tea, but lunch is available daily, as well as green tea desserts. The lunch set has 3 types: vegetables set, stir-fried pork set and steamed chicken set; all the ingredients are organic and the sauce is in-house sauce! The specialty here is you can choose between brown rice or white rice, as well as vegetables soups and desserts. I’d recommend you to reach there before 12 to avoid waiting.
Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, 5-13-14
7mins walk from Harajuku Station
Meals 11:00-until out of order (last order 14:30)
Tea time 11:00-18:00
Closed on Mondays
http://chachanoma.com/ (Japanese only)
This is one of the most popular places selling “flavored fruit tea” in Tokyo. Much liked tea flavors here are orange flavor, chocolate-mint flavor, natsumikan (lit.”summer tangerine”) flavor and baked apple flavor.
Stephane Danton, the store keeper, which turns out not a Japanese but a French guy. But he fell for the Japan culture and got over the stereotype about “foreigner runs a green tea store” by created Ocharaka. The place’s relaxing atmosphere represents his adversarial quality.
Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Muromachi 2-2-1 COREDO Muromachi B1F
5mins walk from Mitsukoshimae Station
4. Uogashi Meicha Ginza
Located near to exit B3 of Ginza Station, Uogashi-Meicha teashop chain is a 3 stories complex all themed with tea, a tea shop first floor, a coffee space upstairs, and a special matcha green tea cafe third floor, makes it a good stop after you have tired from shopping around the area. In the summer, not only the perfect place to shop some original green tea, but a nice place to enjoy kakigori – shaved-ice.
Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 5-5-6
1min walk from Ginza Station
Tea time ends at 18:00
Closed on Mondays and August for maintenance
http://www.uogashi-meicha.co.jp/shop/ginza/ (Japanese only)
5. Yamamotoyama Nihonbashi
This store sells a wide selection of Japanese and Chinese teas and implements for sado, which means the tea ceremony. Yamamotoyama is not only a shop that sells tea, but also owns 2 café shops inside itself. At the front side of the shop you can have some simple sweets and tea, in the back of the shop are tables and chairs for tea and wagashi or sembei. The best thing is you can order your favorites tea products from overseas!
2-10-2 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
2mins walk from Nihonbashi Station
10:00 to 18:00 (June-July 11th to December 9:30-19:00]
https://www.yamamotoyama.co.jp/shops/honten/index.html (Japanese only)
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