To learn more about the different kinds of Japanese tea check out our stall below. Here we have collected some of the most popular Uji teas, with historic Kyoto tea brands such as Tsujiri (founded in 1860), Fukujuen (founded in 1790), and Ippodo (founded in 1717!). For full details on each of the teas below, please click through to their vendor page. In addition to a great selection of teas, this stall also has kyusu teapots, tea-making utensils, and some gift ideas. Use the menu below to focus on your interests.
Hōjicha & Genmaicha
Matcha is a finely powdered green tea made from the leaves of shade-grown tea plants. Because of its association with the Japanese tea ceremony, matcha has acquired an image of high culture and philosophical profundity. However, it is also commonly used as a flavoring, being added to ice creams, lattes and wagashi sweets. Matcha flavors vary between the three poles of bitter, sweet, and savory, but typically it has a mellow umami flavor, a strong aroma, and is vivid green in color. If this is your first time to try matcha tea, try the Horai or Sayaka blends from Ippodo. These teas have a smooth, rich, satisfying flavor and are perfect either whisked up with hot water or served in a sweet latte.
Sencha is Japan’s most popular tea. Made from leaves rather than powder, it is greenish-gold in color with a sunny, energizing flavor and a bright aroma of cut grass. If you are new to Sencha, try Ippodo’s Hosen blend first. Its refreshing aroma and even balance of sweet, savory and astringent flavors makes it very easy to drink.
Gyokuro is a type of high grade green tea that is grown under shade rather than in full sun. It is known for its complex flavor both mellow and rich with subtle notes of sweetness. Try Ippodo’s Kanro for your first sip of Gyokuro. Its full-bodied flavor is perfect for slowly sipping.
Hōjicha & Genmaicha
Hōjicha is a roasted green tea made from bancha, a tea made from the last harvest of the season. Because it is roasted hōjicha tea is reddish-brown in color, has less astringency, less caffeine and a toasty, nutty, caramel flavor.
Genmaicha is another green tea blended with popped grains of brown rice. A brew of genmaicha is light yellow in color, and has a light soothing flavor that combines the fresh astringency of the green tea with the nutty flavor of the roasted rice.
Organic teas from Ippodo with a classic, refreshing character.
Ippodo Tea Bags come in convenient one-cup or one-pot varieties for Gyokuro, Sencha and Hojicha. Also among the items below are teabags for mugicha and iribancha. Mugicha, made from roasted barley grains, is a refreshing infusion with a delicious toasty flavor and zero caffeine that is usually served cool on hot summer days or after strenuous exercise. Iribancha, also known as Kyobancha, is a kind of roasted tea with low caffeine content which originates in Kyoto, and its smoky flavor is a firm favorite in Kyoto households.
Matcha utensils from Kyoto’s Ippodo. Everything you need to make the perfect bowl of matcha tea.
Kyusu teapots are simple, functional, and enchanting; brewing the perfect cup of green tea while adding a touch of beauty to everyday life. Now, thanks to Ippodo, you don’t need to travel all the way to Kyoto to buy one.
Gift ideas for your tea-loving friends or family.