In Tokyo’s nostalgic Nezu district, you’ll find Ringoya, a specialized tea cafe that focuses on Japanese black tea(Wakoucha). When it first opened in 2008, the cafe primarily featured black tea from overseas, including India and Sri Lanka. However, as Japanese black tea production gained momentum, the cafe expanded its offerings to include domestically grown Japanese black tea. Now, it is cherished as a place where you can enjoy black tea from various regions across Japan.
Ringoya offers around 50 different types of domestically grown Japanese tea. The owner, Ms. Nakahara, who has experienced numerous tea, has carefully selected and lined up an array of Japanese black tea. Among them are tea from unique regions like Nagano, Ehime, Tottori, and Okinawa. Currently, except for a few areas that don’t produce tea, nearly all prefectures’ teas are available.
At Ringoya, you’ll find a delightful collection of teacups gathered by Ms.Nakahara, displayed in every nook and cranny. The collection includes European antiques, vintage Noritake, and Wedgwood pieces, making it a captivating assortment that sparks joy just by looking at it.
Customers can select their favorite teacup from the collection and enjoy their tea. It’s an experience that tea enthusiasts will find truly delightful.
The cafe’s interior has an open atmosphere where individuals, couples, and groups alike can savor their tea.
Ms. Nakahara welcomes people who know nothing about black tea. If you have any questions about tea, She will surely provide thoughtful guidance. The cafe regularly holds events where you can enjoy tasting sessions and workshops comparing Japanese black tea. Be sure to check out these events as well.
Address: 2-22-7, Nezu, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 1pm-7pm
Closed on Thursdays and Fridays