Chaho Furyu is a Japanese tea specialty store located in Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City. The shop is conveniently situated just a 3-minute walk from Watanabe-dori Station on the Fukuoka City Subway Nanakuma Line, and it is also close to the Tenjin area.
The Beginning as a Bancha Specialty Store
Chaho Furyu’s beginnings trace back to 2010 when it was established as a specialty shop for Bancha, a traditional coarse tea that has been enjoyed throughout various regions in Japan. In 2015, they opened a store in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture, and later changed their name to Chaho Furyu, expanding their product range to include various Japanese teas beyond Bancha. In September 2019, they opened their second store at the current location.
The Fukuoka store serves as a showroom for Chaho Furyu, providing a space for both a tea cafe and a retail corner. Here, the staff takes the time to introduce the charm of tea to each and every customer with personalized attention.
Introducing the Profound World of Japanese Tea
Chaho Furyu specializes in offering single-origin Sencha from Shizuoka, made from tea leaves grown on a single plantation and of a single variety. Additionally, they offer skillfully blended Fukuoka Yame-produced Sencha, regional Bancha, and Hojicha.
At the store, the owner, Mr. Nobuhiko Ikematsu, suggests tea tailored to each customer’s preferences and lifestyle. Customers can sit down and savor the teas they find intriguing.
The tea is meticulously prepared with each tea leaf’s unique characteristics in mind, using different brewing methods and utensils. The staff provides detailed explanations while serving up to three infusions.
Selling Rare Single-Origin Sencha
Their signature tea is called Furyu, a rare traditional Bancha produced in a tea plantation over 100 years old, located in the upstream area of the Abe River in Shizuoka Prefecture. It boasts a vibrant and lively flavor that is worth experiencing.
Another recommended tea is called Hime, a Sencha made from the Kanayamidori variety, cultivated organically in tea plantations at an altitude of around 500 meters in Shizuoka’s Shimizu Ward. It features a milky and gentle taste.
They also have a wide range of other Sencha varieties and flavors from different regions, allowing customers to fully enjoy the appeal of different tea types and origins. The store also offers Kyusu (Japanese teapots) made in Tokoname City, Aichi Prefecture, a renowned producer of Kyusu in Japan, and a rich selection of popular flat Kyusu.
Inside the store, they occasionally hold seminars on tea and art-related events. For the latest updates, customers are encouraged to check their social media channels.
Address: 2F, 1-6-9 Kiyokawa, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka
Opening hours: Weekday 11pm-6pm Monday 11pm-5pm / 6pm-10pm
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesday, End of the month (29th, 30th, 31st)