Tokyo tea culture: There are so many wonderful places to experience Japanese tea

Wherever your tastes run to, be it traditional tearooms and tea ceremony, or the more contemporary matcha eclairs, gelato or pound cake, or anything, in fact, matcha-related, you can find it here. Any one of these shops will let you enjoy a truly Japanese experience in beautiful, and sometimes very unique, surroundings.

Come enjoy delicious Japanese tea flavors at these restaurants!

Green tea is popular throughout Japan, and with so many shops and cafés offering green tea or matcha drinks and dishes, it can be difficult to choose where to go. One thing’s for sure, though whether you want Unkai’s dishes, tea on rice from Kurogi Chaha, innovative matcha sausages from CHAYA 1899 TOKYO, matcha soba from Jugetsudo Ginza Kabukiza, or desserts from Ginza Gugetsudo – Japanese tea is available in so many forms that you’re sure to find your perfect green tea or matcha match!



Ureshino-cha, from Saga prefecture, is one of the rarest and most precious green tea varieties in Japan, and the Japanese restaurant, UNKAI, has come up with a seasonal kaiseki-ryori (full course meal form of Japanese  cuisine) that pairs different strains of Ureshino-cha with various exquisite dishes*. Why not stop by and taste this rare tea, from a place which has been well-known for its quality tea leaves for around 500 years?

The Japanese restaurant, UNKAI, is situated in a beautiful location that overlooks a traditional Japanese garden and pond, which have been designed to take advantage of the beauties of each season. There are also private dining rooms for those who want a more intimate experience.

The smooth, delicate flavor of Ureshino-cha shouldn’t be missed, and the delicious combination of this precious tea and well-chosen special dishes make for an unforgettable experience.

*This menu will end on 31 May.

Jugetsudo Ginza Kabukiza

Designed by the world-class architect, Kuma Kengo, around the concept of a bamboo forest, the Jugetsudo Ginza Kabukiza tea house combines two Japanese tastes: matcha and soba noodles. For visitors who are curious about tea culture, they offer a tea experience course, and a bilingual tea ceremony for beginners (reservations required for both) Jugetsudo has a beautiful lounge for customers to relax and savor the Japanese tea/confectionery combination, and there are also light meals.


Although chaya is generally described as a Japanese teahouse, the truth is that CHAYA 1899 TOKYO is managed to integrate the delicate flavor of Japanese tea into everything. While this isn’t too surprising when it comes to things like ice cream, CHAYA 1899 TOKYO has succeeded in making matcha-flavored beer, soda, and sausages! With a wide range of choices, CHAYA 1899 TOKYO is the best place for those looking to enjoy a light meal with delicious drinks in a fresh, natural atmosphere.


The shop KUROGI CHACHA in GINZA SIX has taken the Japanese love for tea to new heights, with famous Japanese cuisine chef Kurogi Jun basing the creations on Ujicha from Fukujuen, a traditional tea shop in Kyoto. The restaurant is laid out like a tearoom and offers a meal of miso (bean paste) soup, all-you-can-eat rice, tai (sea bream), and chazuke (tea on rice) with tai and a selection of teas. To finish, there are delicious desserts and you can enjoy those appetizing sweets with delightful matcha!

Ginza Fugetsudo

Ginza Fugetsudo is a place that sells delicious sweets and a selection of teas. The sweets use seasonal ingredients to create a menu that’s always fresh and intriguing. The shop also offers rice and fish lunch dishes for those visitors looking for something more substantial, and an evening ‘seasonal course,’ along with the option to buy sweets made by craftsmen using locally-sourced ingredients. As the menu changes every month, even returning customers can find brand-new teas and sweets here.

Explore confectioneries, cafés and Japanese tea-leaf shops

Although Japanese tearooms are the first things to spring to mind when people think of green tea, there are plenty of other places where you can enjoy the wonderful flavor of matcha, often in new ways that you may not have thought possible! Whether you want matcha confectioneries, tea leaves or a new take on cakes and snacks, you’re sure to find something to suit you!


Satén Japanese tea

Satén Japanese tea is a modern-style teahouse that specializes in Japanese tea, with ingredients sourced from Japanese tea farms across the country. Satén’s specialty is matcha latte, and its wildly popular green tea pudding, but they also offer plenty of other products, such as single-origin Japanese tea. The interior is simple yet stylish and makes Satén a wonderful blend of traditional and contemporary design.

SALON Nihonbashi Store

SALON is a shop where you can find Teicha (matcha served with Japanese sweets) and learning courses of tea-making (currently in Japanese only). For those who want to try it at home, they sell a wide range of tea-making utensils and beautifully designed wooden boxes. When you order Teicha, you can also opt to make matcha by yourself with kind assist by the store staff. They offer delicious original blended matcha and beautiful Japanese sweets specially delivered from Nara.


THE MATCHA TOKYO Omotesando is a shop that only uses 100% organic matcha sourced from places like Kyoto Uji or Kagoshima and worked by a tea master to create a light, wonderful taste. It offers a huge variety of products, including delicious ice cream and dairy-free options such as soy or almond milk lattes. The shop has a pleasant, modern feel to it, and visitors are sure to enjoy their stay.



NAKAMURA TOKICHI HONTEN Ginza Store has come up with several kinds of matcha-flavored confectionery, including ice cream, jelly, and parfait. The most popular dessert is Namacha Zerii, which consists of matcha jelly and ice cream, black soybeans, chestnuts and a special matcha bean jam, which is only available at its Ginza Store. You can also buy the special Namacha Zerii with matcha bean jam, Matcha Financier (small almond cake made with matcha) and more to enjoy at home.

Ginza Kazuya

Anyone who wants proof that good things come in small packages need to look no further than Ginza Kazuya, which is arguably one of the smallest shops in Tokyo. The owner has perfected his recipe for nerigashi (its original sweets with the food texture like jelly) and matcha-flavored treats. Every step of the creative process is done by hand, and this shop also offers sweets that are unique to Ginza Kazuya.

pâtisserie Sadaharu AOKI paris Marunouchi

Japanese famous pâtissier Sadaharu Aoki already has five pâtisseries in Paris, and five in Japan including the Marunouchi store, where there’s a wide range of different cakes, from eclairs to macarons, to croissants and many other delicacies to tempt you. One of Sadaharu Aoki’s trademarks is using matcha to flavor his creations, resulting in Bamboo (photo on the left) or Éclair Mâcha for a true East-meets- West confectionery experience.


People with a sweet tooth will be spoiled for choice at Tadashi YANAGI Yakumo Store. The pâtissier, Yanagi Tadashi, studied in Paris and has won numerous awards for his skill, and was juror and Japan’s team leader for the Coupe du Monde (World Cup)􏰅 In addition to creating a plethora of delicacies for customers, the shop also uses matcha in pound-cake — Le Kiichi — and even mini-pound cake!

Tea leaf shops

Shimokita-chaen Oyama

If you want to try making matcha at home, then Shimokita-chaen Oyama is the place for you. This shop has a qualified tea master and sells tea leaves and matcha along with delicious, matcha-flavored shaved ice made fresh every day. The most popular one is Bito Matcha Kakigori (shaved ice with low sugar matcha syrup), made using fine matcha from Kyoto Uji available at the shop and espuma, which is a fluffy, mousse-like syrup that gives this dessert a wonderfully light texture.

Cha no Kiminoen

Cha no Kiminoen has been in the Japanese tea business for over 90 years. It sells a variety of tea leaves and matcha, with special emphasis on those from Shizuoka, Kagoshima or Kyoto Uji. If the leaves and matcha aren’t enough to quench your thirst for matcha-related items, the shop also sells Japanese teapots and other tea utensils, along with a delicious matcha ice cream.


Suzukien has been in the tea business for over 150 years, and sells tea leaves and matcha from all over Japan, with friendly, knowledgeable staff to help you select the perfect blend for your tastes and needs. There are seven different intensities of matcha gelato available here, but the most famous is the Premium No. 7 gelato, which has been certified as the gelato with the world’s highest matcha content!