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Ippodo Tea Kyoto

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Address: 52 Tokiwagicho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0915, Kyoto Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 75-211-3421
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A great tea option in Kyoto

We were greatly assisted by our waitress, who gave us a worked example of how we shoul make our tea, as well as methodically explaining what was occuring. Whilst she suggested her... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Frank V
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were greatly assisted by our waitress, who gave us a worked example of how we shoul make our tea, as well as methodically explaining what was occuring. Whilst she suggested her English was not very good, it was in reality excellent. The tea was great, the traditional Kyoto sweet, a sakuri mochi was part of the experience and the... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kyoto is known for its tea, and for its history, and this spot gives you both. They have been in business for about 300 years, and have a wide range of products. Don't expect the staff to speak English, but I was able to navigate pretty well. Besides the shop, they also have a cafe. Definitely worth visiting!

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

I'm not a huge tea drinker. The tea I had at Ippodo was something else. The first pour through was like an elixir and left a kind of buzz in my mouth. That's tea? Wow! Then I had the matcha in thick consistency and was amazed again. This place is lovely, classy, and they really know their stuff. And it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

We are not the biggest tea lovers but while being in Japan we wanted to try some local specialities. Ippodo is a great place to visit - you can try their different teas (accompanied by some green Japanese sweets) and observe and participate in the whole tea ritual (including counting time etc). Also the area where this place is located... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

We are coming to Kyoto around March-April for a number of years. During each stay in Kyoto we go to different teahouses because we like Japanese tea, looking for different kinds of tea and always learning during these visits. Ippodo was always our favorite teahouse because of it's unique ambiance, service and tea quality. It saddens me to say but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

Ippodo is really great. I mean like great if you really care about tea. But it is the landing pad for every tourist in Kyoto. Which makes it a little bit less fun because tea also has something to do with focus and concentration and quiet. For instance, if you are at a temple - like Sanzen-in, for instance -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Ippodo can be confusing at first, as there is so much choice of green tea, with many varieties unfamiliar to foreign visitors. However, once you get hold of one of the English language menus, ordering sencha and matcha in their small metal canisters starts to make sense. There is even a cafe at the rear of the store, where they... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Not worth the 1/2 hour walk (especially in kimono) very expensive, and bitter tea not at all like the sencha we enjoy at home, the staff were lovely, but we came to buy some tea as we were led to believe it was the best, and we were so glad we tried it first as it was awful.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

This is a tea shop with a tea house attached. I had wagashi and matcha here, it was wonderful. I ended up buying their matcha starter kit and some more!

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Osaka Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

It's casual but traditional real Japanese tea house. You can eat traditional Japanese sweet with tea. You should visit if you come to Kyoto.

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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.