The 5 best places for Japanese tea in Tokyo

1) Cha Cha no Ma

Tea sommelier Yoshi Watada serves a selection of teas from all over Japan. The food menu, including homemade sweets, is excellent and their matcha (green tea) ice cream comes highly recommended. Don’t forget to order kiseki no itteki (which is a surprise drink).

a cup of coffee from Cha Cha No Ma

5-13-14 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku

+81 (0)3-5468-8846

http://chachanoma.com

2) Uogashi Meicha

Their main shop is located right in the heart of Tsukiji Market and has been popular with people in Tokyo for many years. Their Ginza shop is the place to go for a nice cup of tea with a slice of seasonal Japanese cake. Their light-coloured hoji-cha (roasted tea) is very mild.

counter with tea and coffee at Uogashi Meicha

3) Kosoan

A cafe in an old traditional house that was built over a century ago. You might be forgiven for thinking that you escaped busy Tokyo as you gaze at their lovely Japanese garden. Enjoy your bowl of matcha in this soothing atmosphere. Their antique furniture is also worth looking at.

a typical Japanese tea house Kosoan, in Tokyo

1-24-23 Jiyugaoka, Meguro-ku

+81 (0)3-3718-4203

http://kosoan.co.jp

4) Cha-No-Ha

Located in the basement of Matsuya, behind the retail space. You can enjoy tea and seasonal sweets at the counter. This place is a real life-saver when you need a break from shopping in Ginza. The menu is seasonal.

a cup of Japanese tea and pot at  Cha-no-ha

At: Matsuya Ginza. 3-6-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku

+81 (0)3-3567-2635

http://chanoha.info

5) Cha Cha Kobo

This cafe serves organic Japanese tea and Japanese sweets, including matcha ice cream and zenzai (mochi and sweet red bean sauce). They also have rice balls at lunch, and udon noodles and bowl food in the evening.

a tray with a pot and cup of Japanese tea from Cha Cha Kobo

2-21-19 Nishi-Waseda, Shinjuku-ku

+81 (0)3-3203-2033

http://chachakoubou.com

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