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We went to the tea room and had a macha and specialty tea. The tea room is attached to the shop and is quite nice to sit and enjoy.
Afterwards we went and tried another couple teas and bought some to bring home.
We went specifically to sample and select tea for ourselves and as gifts. Staff patiently and expertly brewed and provided background information on the various teas we wanted to try. Service was exceptionally good by any standard. We also found the local area to have...More
Having been making and drinking matcha for years, I looked forward to tasting different types of matcha here before buying it. But I was only allowed to try 2 out of the 10 varieties. I was shown a chart which showed richer v. lighter types...More
I stoped by to buy some tea and try a new one: Gyokuro tea. I went around 10am so it was almost the first costumer (no waiting lines). First try some tea and then buy. When I had my Gyokuro tea, the lady explained to...More
Ippodo is unmissable. Of course there are multiple locations, but I liked this one as it was located on a quiet street with some other shops but was away from the main touristy areas of Kyoto. Our server demonstrated the right way to brew the...More
This tea shop came very highly recommended. The people working there were super helpful and friendly and we were able to test the teas before we purchased them. The gifts we bought were also meticulously gift wrapped. Overall, amazing teas and great selection of high...More
Wonderful tea shop, apparently opened in 1717. I’m not a huge tea drinker, so not sure I’m really qualified to judge, but I visited this place twice, sampled their Koicha and gyukuro tea, and loved it. Bought lots of tea to bring home with me....More
After my cooking class, I asked my instructor Taro where's the best place to buy green tea in Kyoto? He said Ippodo Tea . He buys his tea there, both for his family and guests. With such high praise, I had to find out why....More
Was there to buy a gift, the staff are helpful, friendly and professional, they really do know their stuff and make good recommendations. There's a cafe next door where you can drink and even hands on to make your own tea. A wide variety of...More
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of
local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.