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A visit to Ippodo Tea was the perfet way to end my 5 week stay in Japan — conscientiousness service, on-point seasonal sweets to accompany and, above all, a beautifully frothy cup of green tea that made me stop and reflect on all that I'd...More
Had a great time learning how to brew sencha, while I experienced super thick matcha that I had never seen before! The thick green tea paste was bitter, not for the faint hearted even for matcha fan like me, but after a few sips, it...More
This is the most lovely & authentic tea purveyor ever. As a longtime fan of matcha tea, we made the 'pilgrimage' while in Kyoto, and were not disappointed! When I couldn't decide between two different Kyoto-made matchas, I was escorted to a side room, where...More
What a great experience this place was. I came here after a long day visiting temples and shrines in and around Gion, and what a treat it was to wrap my cold hands around a warm cup of tea.
The staff here are extremely helpful...More
I have been a huge fan of Ippodo for five years, ever since a friend who used to live in Japan tipped me off. I live in the USA, and it is not easy to get top quality Japanese teas here. The teas from Ippodo...More
Incredible service from a smart, knowledgeable assistant. He showed me how to prepare the tea and clear advice on flavours and types of tea. After the tasting, I bought green tea, brown tea, and matcha. It was a pleasure to buy tea here and I...More
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
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.