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IPPODO TEA Co.
On Teramachi-dori, north of Nijo; Tel: 075-211-3421; Open: 9:00-19:00 (18:00 Sun. & natl. hols.); Closed Jan. 1-3; A variety of Japanese teas, Matcha (from 432 yen/20g), Gyokuro (from 1,512 yen/100g), Sencha (from 702 yen/100g), Hojicha, Genmaicha, and Uji-shimizu (powder for making iced green tea, unique Ippodo blend); English spoken; Learn and experience the traditional tea-serving process at Japanese-style tearoom ''Kaboku'' (Open daily: 11:00-17:00); English instructional leaflet is available; Enjoy the perfect combination of Matcha with a traditional sweet (from 540 yen); Tokyo Store with tea room Kaboku: A 3-min. walk from JR Yurakucho Stn. (11:00-19:00); AMEX, VISA, DC, MC, DINERS.
FUKUJUEN KYOTO FLAGSHIP STORE
On the south west corner of Shijo and Tominokoji; Tel: 075-221-2920; open: 10:00-19:00 (vary depending on each floor); a traditional Japanese tea shop established in 1790; Kyo-mono (products of Kyoto) by combining traditional techniques of Kyoto; French restaurant featuring tea on 3F; tea ceremony experience in a tea room on 4F; Fukujuen Ujicha kobo (about 30-min. by train from Kyoto): Experience studio, Japanese restaurant & shop (Lessons for making tea & tea cups, tea ceremony, Uji tea products/tea utensils); Fukujuen Ujicha Kashi kobo: sweets using Uji tea; Fukujuen Uji kissakan: Here you can order or make a cup of Japanese tea yourself; Major credit cards accepted at Kyoto Flagship Store & Ujicha kobo only.
West side of Teramachi , north of Shijo; Tel: 221-1215; Fax: 213-2502; Open: 10:00-20:50, closed the 2nd, 12th, and 22nd of the month; established in 1803, this conveniently located, classic style Japanese tea shop only sells Uji teas (considered to be the finest growing area for Japanese tea in all of Japan), as well as all kinds of tea utensils for tea ceremony and daily use, etc.; their website, has an excellent English section; overseas shipping available; friendly owner welcomes foreign customers and will give instruction on how to enjoy best taste of their first-quality tea; major credit cards accepted.
MATCHA AND FINE JAPANESE GREEN TEAS
Producing high quality teas for over 300 years, Marukyu Koyamaen has repeatedly won first prize at the Japanese National Tea Competition.
Nishinotoin Tea House
Tea house: 10:30-1700 (L.O.)
Kyoto Station Shop
Isetan Dep. B1F
Matcha Factory Tour in Uji: Reservation required 4 days in advance.
Head Offices in Uji Tel: 0774-20-0909
Located in the Fushimi Otesuji Shopping Arcade, Kyoto's largest-sized shopping arcade
Matsudatoukouen's owner carefully chooses tea leaves and using a skilled tecnique, grounds them into a fine powder that melts in your mouth. Along with Uji matcha named by tea ceremony masters, we have a wide selection of gyokuro, sencha and hojicha teas waiting for you.
Our specialty matcha green tea for 1,500yen/30g; Many other tea leaves available.
* +8% tax
Open: 9:30-19:00 (Closed: Tues.); Tel: 075-601-1017
Access: Keihan Ry “Fushimi Momoyama”; Near Fushimi Inari Shrine, Goko-gu Shrine, etc.
Traditional Art Utensils
Kyoto Chaka Dougukan
On the east side of Karasuma, north of Takoyakushi. 2F of Karasuma Center Building. A 3-min. walk from Subway Karasuma Line Shijo Stn.. Tel: 075-251-7070; Open: 10:00-18:00 (Open daily except Summer & New Year Holiday); This is the biggest shop in Kyoto specializing in a wide range of tea ceremony and flower arrangement utensils (*No antiques). If you are interested in tea ceremony or flower arrangement which has a history of 400 years, please stop by our spacious shop to touch and feel our beautiful utensils and enjoy your time here. Customers are sure to find something they'll love. Credit cards available; English website: http://www.kyoto-zuiun.com/english_map.html