Located about a 6-minute walk from Kyoto’s Nijo Station, Kissako Wazuka is a Japanese tea cafe situated in a renovated 100-year-old Kyoto machiya (traditional wooden townhouse). This valuable machiya has been recognized by the citizens of Kyoto as a building they want to preserve as part of Kyoto’s heritage. Spending leisurely tea time in such a place is truly exceptional.
Wazuka Town, located in the southern part of Kyoto Prefecture, is a significant production area of Uji tea. Its expansive tea fields yield high-quality tea. The cafe owner, Sumie Kitami, moved to Wazuka over 20 years ago and operates the cafe with the aim of introducing the charm of Wazuka Town and the deliciousness of Wazuka tea to many people.
The tea menu includes sencha (green tea) and matcha sourced directly from tea farmers in Wazuka Town. Sweet treats like matcha ice cream made with Wazuka matcha are also available.
Kissako Wazuka offers various experience programs. You can enjoy tea tasting and casual tea ceremony experiences, and even try your hand at creating matcha art by drawing on the surface of a bowl of matcha you prepared yourself. The cafe’s second floor serves as a rental space for events and exhibitions.
Kissako Wazuka is associated with “Kiraku Kyoto Hommachi,” a whole-house rental accommodation themed around Wazuka Town and Wazuka tea. The operation of this accommodation is managed by the company NAZUNA Corporation.
With the concept of “Road to Wazuka,” the cafe embodies a distinctive space infused with the essence of tea. Be sure to also explore “Kiraku Kyoto Hommachi” to fully experience this unique concept.
Address: 5-182 Honmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City
Opening hours: 12am-6pm
Closed on Mondays