Located conveniently close to the famous Higashi Chaya District, one of Kanazawa’s representative tourist attractions is the specialized Japanese tea shop, Amano Chaten. This is a long-standing establishment in Kanazawa, founded in 1923.
The flagship product of Amano Chaten is undoubtedly Kaga Boucha (Kaga stick tea). The tradition of Kaga Boucha, which has been passed down through generations, is carefully preserved by the current owner, Mr. Kiichi Amano, the fourth generation, and his son, Mr. Kirito Amano, the fifth generation.
The popular and classic item, “Kaga Boucha Kaga Kaori,” is made using only the soft parts of the tea leaves selected from the veins to the stems of the first flush tea leaves. The stems are meticulously roasted over a direct flame in small quantities and finished using three different roasting methods, resulting in a deep and rich flavor. Amidst its robust aroma, there’s a hint of gentle sweetness, offering a luxurious taste unique to Kaga Boucha.
“Kaga Boucha Kaga Kaori” is also available in tea bag format. It uses the same tea leaves as the loose leaf type to replicate the taste you get when brewing it in a teapot.
The tea bag version of “Kaga Boucha Kaga Kaori” is suitable for cold brewing as well. You can easily make delicious cold-brewed Kaga Boucha by placing the tea bag directly into your water bottle or container.
In addition to hojicha, they also sell sencha, gyokuro(shaded green tea), and “Kaga no Koucha,” a Japanese black tea made from tea leaves grown in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture.
In their aspiration to introduce the genuine taste of tea to everyone, Amano Chaten opened the Japanese tea cafe, Wabisabi Chami during their 90th anniversary.
In the tranquil cafe space at the back of the store, you can enjoy Amano Chaten’s acclaimed Kaga Boucha and other Japanese tea along with Japanese sweets.
A recommended sweet treat is the “Lemon Yubeshi(rice cake)” from Kanazawa’s long-standing wagashi shop “Tomizu-ya.” It’s an original yubeshi with added lemon peel, available only at Amano Tea Shop. Moreover, they offer various sweets such as hojicha roll cake, matcha daifuku, and matcha mont blanc. You can also enjoy them paired with matcha or matcha latte.
Address: 1-3-35 Higashiyama, Kanazawa City
Opening hours: 9am-6pm
Open seven days a week