This establishment has been producing fine teas for over 300 years. They have repeatedly won first prize at the Japanese National Tea Competition.
They started manufacturing and selling Uji green tea in 1860. They offer western style parfaits using matcha in a cafe as well as pure teas.
The main building is on Shijo Street, the downtown area in Kyoto. They have a French Cuisine restaurant using matcha on the 3rd floor of the main building, and on the 2nd floor a light meal. You will be served a cold-water-brewed Kabusecha, a premium Japanese tea on the 2nd floor.
Tea Ceremony Utensils
One of the most essential tools for enjoying matcha is the chasen, a whisk made of bamboo that helps you to separate any clumps of powder. Making a thick koicha, a paste like consistency enjoyed with the highest grades of matcha, becomes easier with a chasen. The whisk allows you to create the froth of thin usucha (what is most commonly promoted as a matcha drink).
Most chasen are actually made in China now, with only a handful of craftsmen in Japan making only very high quality chasen. The higher the prong number, the easier it is to make froth but anything written “80” and higher is not actually an exact number. Use a lower numbered chasen to show off your whisking skill.
The tea ceremony’s special utensils, including chawan (tea bowls), chasen (bamboo whisks), chaki (lacquered tea caddies), chashaku (tea scoops), kama (iron teakettles) and other items are beautiful objects, hand-crafted by artisans working with traditional techniques and materials.
This is the largest shop in Kyoto offering a wide arrangement of both tea ceremony and flower arranging utensils. There are no antiques.
Located near the Urasenke Center, has been selling tea utensils since 1847. Most items are collectible works of art. Prices for beautiful tea bowls start at about $35; museum-quality tea bowls sell for $10,000 and up. Lacquered tea containers cost $40 and up; a set of tiny wooden forks used for tea cakes costs $10.