Free your mind and indulge in a Japanese Tea Ceremony where you immerse yourself into the art of tea.
TYPES OF JAPANESE TEAS
- Highest grade is Gyokuro, leaves are picked from first harvest and shaded from the sun for some time before harvest.
- Next, is sencha, also picked during first harvest but leaves are not protected from the sun.
- Finally, bancha, a lower grade of green tea, picked during the later rounds of harvesting.
Powdered Green Tea
Only the highest quality leaves are used to make matcha. The leaves are dried and milled into a fine powder. To drink, the matcha powder is mixed with hot water. Matcha is used during a Japanese tea ceremony.
Residual Green Tea
Konacha is the tea dust, tea buds and small tea leaves which remain behind after processing Gyokuro or Sencha. Although considered a lower grade of tea, Konacha complements certain foods well, such as sushi. It is often provided for self-service at inexpensive sushi restaurants.[/one_third_last]
Roasted Green Tea
Hojicha is processed by roasting the tea leaves to a characteristic reddish-brown color. The heat from roasting causes chemical changes in the leaves, producing a slight, sweet, caramel aroma.
Green Tea with Roasted Brown Rice
Genmai is unpolished, brown rice. Genmai grains are roasted and mixed with tea leaves to produce Genmaicha. The roasted genmai gives the tea its signature yellow color and flavor. Genmaicha is also commonly served.
Kocha leaves are even more oxidized than Oolong, which gives the tea its dark reddish-brown color. In Japanese, “kocha” means “red tea”. It is produced by a similar process as the oolongcha; allowing the tea leaves to oxidize, and then steaming or roasting them to stop the oxidization process.[/one_third_last]
A traditional Japanese dessert cafe by the Philosopher’s Walk. They offer the chance for people to savour powdered green tea with freshly-made seasonal sweets in a traditional tearoom. Lunch in their tatami room is available by reservation.
Address: Wakaoji 2-chome, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City
Business Hours: 10:00a.m.-4:30p.m.
Access: City Bus to “Higashitennocho”.
Tea ceremony: 1,050 yen
Sankyu-an Uji-cha Museum
This centre is located on the 2nd floor of a wholesale tea store on Byoudouin Doori Street in Uji. Panels and displays document the history and utensils associated with tea production in Uji. Tea ceremonies and special interest courses are held on the 3rd floor.
Address: 27-2 Renge, Uji, Uji city
Business Hours: 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Open Seven days.
Access: JR Nara Line to “Uji”.Keihan Line to “Uji”.
Fee : Free Entrance. Making green tea: 840 yen
Fukujuen Uji Workshop
Fukujuen, Workshop of the long-established store of Japanese green tea, was founded in 1790. This area is assumed as the ground of the Japanese high quality tea “Uji tea” culture tradition. It is built in the beautiful place surrounded by nature and you can experience making hand-kneaded tea, making Uji tea with sue board, pottery, painting, tea ceremony, manner class of sencha and matcha as well. Tea food and sweets are served in tearoom and souvenirs can be purchased at the tea store. Let’s enjoy traditional Uji tea culture.
Business Hours: 10:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM
Closed: Mondays (following Tuesday if a national holiday falls on a Monday)
Access: 8 min walk from Keihan Uji station, 15 mins walk from JR Uji station
Address: 10 Uji Yamada, Uji City, Kyoto. Telephone: 0774-20-1100
Uji City Municipal Teahouse, Taiho-an
Taiho-an, an authentic teahouse, was built for the purpose of spreading knowledge about the tea ceremony. It is located next to the Uji Municipal Tourist Center. “Taiho-an” literally means “teahouse across from the phoenix.” It was so named because it sits on a levee of the Uji River, across from Hoodo (Phoenix Hall) of Byodo – in Temple. Visitors to this teahouse, which is equipped with authentic seating for the ceremony, honseki and also hiroma-chaseki and ritsurei-seki), can also savor fine tea.
Address: 1-5 Uji, Togawa, Uji City
Business Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Closed: Year End/New Year
Access: JR Nara Lineto “Uji”, 15 min walk. or Keihan Uji Line 10 min
Fee: 500 yen
Uji Tea Hall, House of Takumi
This is “Only one tea room in the world” where you can taste casually the real Uji tea, located by the Uji river. The store interior incorporates relaxing wood in a Japanese atmosphere. Japanese tea instructor will explain how to serve “Uji Gyokuro” (refined green tea)or “Uji Matcha”(green powdered tea), and you can serve tea for yourself. Tea set and tea cakes can be purchased as souvenirs. By making a reservation, you can join “How to serve tea class” as well.
Business Hours: 11:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM (Last call at 4:30 PM)
Closed: Wednesdays, Year End/New Year
Access: 3 min walk from Keihan Uji station / 10 min walk from JR Uji station
Address: Chamber of Kyoto Tea Association 17-1, Mataburi, Uji, Uji City, Kyoto. Telephone: 0774-23-7713
A Japanese Tea Room,