The oldest Japanese tea shop in Japan

Tsuen(Uji, Kyto)

Tsuen is a Japanese tea specialty shop located near Uji Bridge, which spans the Uji River in Uji City. Founded in the Heian period in 1160, it’s considered one of the oldest tea shops in Japan. In the past, historical figures like Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Tokugawa Ieyasu are said to have enjoyed tea at Tsuen.

The shop offers a wide range of tea, from everyday blends to premium Gyokuro and Matcha, as well as unique varieties and organically grown teas. They also handle tea certified under Kyoto Prefecture’s Premium Uji Tea program, which highlights high-quality Uji tea.

In 2016, Tsuen initiated a project in collaboration with the Uji tea producer Aoyama Seicha to revive and rejuvenate abandoned tea fields in Uji City, creating a dedicated Sencha tea garden. As a result of this endeavor, they also sell a rare Uji-grown Sencha called Blue Mountain.

Within the shop, there’s a cozy tea space where visitors can enjoy tea while gazing at the Uji River. Their menu includes Matcha-infused sweets and dishes like Matcha soba noodles, all prepared using freshly ground Matcha and high-quality Gyokuro. When exploring Uji, be sure to stop by Tsuen for a unique tea experience.

Store information 
Address: 1 Uji Higashiuchi, Uji City, Kyoto
Phone: 0774-21-2243
Opening hours: 9:30am-5:30pm 
Open seven days a week
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