Finest Japanese Tea Cafes in Tokyo

In Tokyo, you’ll find a wide variety of Japanese tea cafes where you can enjoy unique teas from different regions of Japan. These cafes offer cozy and relaxing environments, allowing you to leisurely indulge in delicious tea. Be sure to explore and find your favorite spot among them.

1. Yamamotoyama Fujie Sabou

Yamamotoyama is a renowned traditional tea specialty shop founded in 1690 in Nihonbashi, Tokyo. It is known for popularizing sencha, a type of green tea that continues to be used to this day, and for creating gyokuro, a premium shaded green tea, dating from the Edo period.
In 1947, Yamamotoyama started selling nori (seaweed). Since then, it has been operating as a specialist shop for both Japanese tea and nori. In 2018, Yamamotoyama opened its flagship store called Yamamotoyama Fujie Sabou 

The interior of the shop has high ceilings and large windows that allow natural light to illuminate the space, creating an open and inviting atmosphere.

Yamamotoyama offers a selection of high-quality tea sourced from various regions in Japan, including blends like their signature product Gogumi Tenkaichi, which combines tea leaves from Shizuoka, Kyoto, and Kagoshima. They also have carefully chosen premium tea such as Kawane-cha from Shizuoka, Organic Kirishima-cha from Kagoshima, Sayama-cha from Saitama, and Yame-cha from Fukuoka.

In addition to tea, Yamamotoyama Fujie Sabou takes pride in its food menu, which features dishes that emphasize the use of high-quality ingredients, particularly nori. One of their specialties is the Nori Chirashi, a delightful dish that showcases the finest roasted nori, allowing you to fully savor the flavor of the seaweed.

Details
Address: Takashimaya Mitsui Building 1F, 2-5-1 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3271-3273
Opening hours: Shop 10:30am-8pm / Cafe 11am-7pm
Open seven days a week
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2. Ippodo Chaho Tokyo Marunouchi Store

Ippodo Chaho is a renowned Japanese tea specialty shop that was established in Kyoto in 1717. In 2010, they opened a branch called Ippodo Chaho Tokyo Marunouchi Store” in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district.

The tea used in Ippodo Chaho’s products primarily comes from tea leaves cultivated in the mountainous region on the borders of Kyoto Prefecture, Nara Prefecture, and Shiga Prefecture. These tea leaves grow in high-altitude tea gardens with significant temperature differences between morning and evening, resulting in a highly fragrant and mild flavor.

Their product lineup mainly focuses on four categories: matcha, gyokuro (shaded green tea), sencha (steamed green tea), and Hojicha (roasted green tea). They offer approximately 30 different varieties of tea for sale.
At their tea room called Kaboku, visitors can enjoy Ippodo Chaho’s matcha, gyokuro, sencha, and other teas. The interior of the tea room exudes a calm ambiance with a sense of warmth from the wooden surroundings.
They also offer a takeaway menu for four types of tea: matcha, gyokuro, sencha, and hojicha. Customers can conveniently enjoy these teas at home or on the go.

Details
Address: 1F, Kokusai Building, Naka-dori, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6212-0202
Opening hours: 12am-7pm 
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3. Jugetsudo Ginza Kabukiza Store

Jugetsudo Ginza Kabukiza Store is a Japanese tea specialty shop located near the Kabukiza theater in Ginza, Tokyo. Operated by Maruyama Noriten, a well-established nori (seaweed) shop founded in 1854, this shop offers a cafe space with terrace seating, counter seats, and table seats, all overlooking a Japanese garden. It provides a tranquil environment where visitors can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a leisurely tea time.

The menu mainly features deep-steamed sencha, with a blend of tea leaves from Shizuoka and Kagoshima prefectures. This tea has a rich flavor with a refreshing aftertaste and a distinctive aroma of young leaves.

They also offer various matcha sweets such as Matcha Financier and Matcha Parfait, which are made using high-quality matcha from Shizuoka, allowing customers to savor the intense flavor of matcha.The shop has a spacious retail corner where tea leaves, tea bags, tea utensils, and nori are available for purchase.

Details
Address: Kabuki-za Tower 5F, 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6278-7626
Opening hours: Shop 10:30am-5:30pm(Weekdays) 
10am-6:30pm(Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays)
Cafe 10am~5:30pm
Open seven days a week
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4. Chaya 1899 Tokyo

Chaya 1899 Tokyo is a Japanese tea cafe located in the Shinbashi-Toranomon area of Tokyo. It is situated on the first floor of Hotel 1899 Tokyo, which is themed around tea. The interior of the cafe is designed to evoke the image of a traditional veranda, with large windows creating an open and inviting atmosphere.

At Chaya 1899 Tokyo, you can enjoy various types of Japanese tea and specialty drinks, each carefully brewed by the staff. One popular menu item is the Koicha Latte, a matcha latte that allows you to choose the intensity of the matcha flavor, from light and refreshing to rich and robust flavor, you can select from four different levels of intensity.

The cafe also offers sweets such as Matcha Bread and Hojicha Bread, which incorporate tea leaves, as well as tea-flavored gelato. Be sure to try them together with their original blend Roku-sencha or the Koicha Latte for a delightful tea experience.

Details
Address: Hotel 1899 Tokyo 1F, 6-4-1 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3432-1890
Opening hours: 11am-5pm 
Open seven days a week
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5. Kagurazaka Saryo Main Store

Kagurazaka Saryo Main Store is a beautiful Japanese tea cafe. In March 2022, the cafe relocated to a charming and atmospheric location in Kagurazaka, a neighborhood of Tokyo and reopened after renovations.

The new establishment is a two-story building that has been converted from an old traditional Japanese house. It exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere with a blend of traditional Japanese aesthetics and modern elements. The first floor offers spacious counter and table seating, allowing guests to enjoy a view of the small Japanese garden through the windows.

At Kagurazaka Saryo, they serve high-quality teas sourced from renowned tea merchants in Shizuoka, Kagoshima, and Kyoto. Their menu features a variety of teas that showcase the distinct characteristics of each region, ranging from sencha to gyokuro, hojicha, and even black tea.

The cafe also takes pride in offering meticulously crafted matcha sweets that embody its pursuit of excellence. At Kagurazaka Saryo Honten, you can indulge in a refined tea experience and savor their exquisite selection of tea and matcha sweets.

Details
Address: 3-1 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3266-0880
Opening hours: 11:30am-7pm 
Open seven days a week
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6. Chacha Koubou 

Chacha Koubou is a Japanese tea cafe located in Takadanobaba, Tokyo. It opened in 2003 and has an inviting and cozy atmosphere, with a family-run operation.

The cafe takes pride in offering organic and pesticide-free tea. Green tea sourced from producers in Shizuoka, Kyoto, Fukuoka, and Kagoshima are highly recommended. The taste of the tea, meticulously brewed by the owner, is exceptional. They provide a teapot with hot water and a pitcher of cold water, allowing customers to enjoy subsequent infusions at their own pace.

In addition to a variety of sweets that complement the tea, such as anmitsu(beans jam with jelly) and oshiruko(sweet red-bean soup with mochi), the menu also features a popular specialty shaved ice dessert which has been featured in the media. Inside the cafe, you can find not only the teas featured on the menu but also a selection of tea utensils and miscellaneous goods curated by the owner.

Details
Address: 21-19, Nishi-Waseda 2-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3203-2033
Opening hours: 11:30am-10pm 
Closed on Sundays
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7. Itsu

Itsu is a tea room located in a hidden alley in Omotesando, Tokyo. The interior, which is a renovated traditional Japanese house, feels like a secret hideaway. It’s a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city and truly connect with yourself through tea.

The Japanese teas created by the owner, Mr. Tamai, showcase the unique characteristics of the tea leaves. You can enjoy a variety of teas, including locally grown sencha from Higashishirakawa Village in Gifu, with its distinct floral fragrance, and premium gyokuro from Hoshinomura in Yame, Fukuoka.

The tea is meticulously prepared using carefully selected tea utensils. Just observing Mr. Tamai’s graceful movements, influenced by his experience in both ikebana (flower arrangement) and tea ceremony, brings a sense of tranquility.
The tea time spent in the serene atmosphere is truly special. The tea room has only five seats, so making a reservation is highly recommended.

Details
Address: 14-4, Minami-Aoyama 3-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 12am-7pm 
Closed on Mondays
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8. Hachiya 

Hachiya is a Japanese tea cafe located in Sendagaya, Tokyo. It reopened in June 2021, just a 2-minute walk from Kitasando Station on the Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line.

With the concept of “reconstructing Japanese culture in the modern age,” Hachiya offers carefully brewed sencha and hojicha, as well as various tea-based drinks such as Cold Tea soda, where carbonated gas is infused into cold tea, Matcha Latte, and Hojicha Smoothie.
In addition to tea, Hachiya provides a wide range of authentic sweet treats. One of their signature dishes is the Seasonal Fruit Cream Anmitsu, which features chewy water jelly and freshly cut seasonal fruits.

The interior of Hachiya features a dining space that combines the beauty of Japanese culture with contemporary elements. The walls are adorned with an original wave pattern, creating a soothing atmosphere with a touch of Japanese modernity.

Details
Address: 3-2-10 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-6434-9438
Opening hours: 9am-6pm 
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
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9. Tea Bucks

Tea Bucks is a Japanese tea stand located in Ebisu, Tokyo. It opened in 2018 with the owner’s desire to introduce the deliciousness of carefully brewed Japanese tea using a kyusu (Japanese teapot).

At the stand, you can enjoy a selection of premium tea sourced from various regions in Japan. They offer a variety of teas, including sencha, hojicha, and some unique tea. They also serve indulgent tea-based drinks such as matcha latte and hojicha latte.

Additionally, Tea Bucks has an extensive menu of original cocktails and tea-based mixed drinks. In the evening, you can enjoy tea in a bar-like atmosphere. Inside the stand, you can not only purchase teas in kyusu or teabag form but also find a range of original goods including accessories and apparel.

Details
Address:  2-12-14 Ebisu-Nishi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 11am-11pm 
Closed on Mondays
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10. Three Tea Cafe

Three Tea Cafe, located in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo, opened in November 2022 in the commercial facility “Trainchi Jiyugaoka” near Jiyugaoka Station. This cafe specializes in tea and offers a lineup of 37 varieties of tea, including green tea, oolong tea, and black tea from Japan, Taiwan, and India.

Their menu features a wide range of tea from different regions, including Japanese tea like Kirishima Sencha from Kagoshima prefecture and Traditional Yame Hon Gyokuro from Fukuoka prefecture, as well as oolong tea from Taiwan and China, and black tea from India, Sri Lanka, and Japan.

One of their recommended menu items is the Tasting Flight set, which allows you to compare three different teas with varying fermentation levels and processing methods. The World Tea Leaf Comparison set allows you to enjoy one type each of green tea, oolong tea, and black tea, featuring Kawane Sencha from Shizuoka prefecture, Alishan Oolong Tea from Taiwan, and Ceylon Uva tea from Sri Lanka.

At Three Tea Cafe, you can also indulge in gelato that combines the authentic flavors of tea with rich fruity, and milky notes, creating a delightful harmony of tastes.

Details
Address: Trainchi Jiyugaoka, 5-42-3 Okusawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 
Phone: 03-6459-7517
Opening hours: 11am-7pm 
Open seven days a week
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11. TEN

TEN is a Japanese tea stand located in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, opened in March 2021. The interior of the shop is designed to resemble a tea box and occupies a compact space of just 3.3 square meters. Despite the limited space, it offers a comfortable environment to enjoy your time.

The menu includes a variety of teas that showcase the depth and versatility of Japanese tea. You can choose from a selection of sencha, matcha, blended tea based on Japanese tea, and ocha-wari (Japanese tea mixed with alcohol), which provides a unique and intriguing tea experience.
The tea served at the shop are carefully selected by the owner, Shingo Aoki, who has been involved in the tea industry for over 10 years. The shop offers a collection of meticulously chosen tea leaves from various regions across Japan, including Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Shizuoka.

One of the highlights is the Original blend tea, which incorporates seasonal fruits and herbs into Japanese tea. They offer three distinctive flavors, such as sudachi with kamairi-cha(pan-fired tea) and strawberry with hojicha.
At TEN, you can immerse yourself in the world of Japanese tea and indulge in unique blends that combine traditional flavors with innovative twists.

Details
Address: 2-19-2 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 12am-5pm, 6pm-1am
Open seven days a week
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12. Saten Japanese Tea

Saten Japanese Tea is a Japanese tea cafe that opened in 2018 in Nishiogikubo, Tokyo. At this establishment, they have developed their own unique method of extracting tea.

They use a kyusu (Japanese teapot) to carefully and patiently brew each cup. They primarily offer single-origin teas from specific farms and cultivars, allowing the individual characteristics of the tea’s producers, origin, and variety to shine through.

Their popular Matcha Latte is made using luxurious Uji matcha from Kyoto. It delivers a refreshing taste with the perfect balance of matcha’s inherent mild sweetness and gentle bitterness, creating a satisfying flavor experience. The interior of the cafe has a harmonious blend of traditional and modern Japanese aesthetics, creating an open and inviting space filled with natural light.

Details
Address: 3-25-9 Shoan, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 10am-7pm
Open seven days a week
Irregular holidays
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13. Nishiogi Sanji

Nishiogi Sanji is another cafe in Nishiogikubo, Tokyo that opened in May 2021, where you can enjoy tea and traditional Japanese sweets. The interior of the cafe, which is housed in a two-story renovated house, exudes a retro atmosphere.

They serve Sonogi-cha, recommended by the owner who is originally from Nagasaki Prefecture. It is produced in Higashisonogi-cho in Nagasaki Prefecture.
Nishiogi Sanji collaborates with Forties, a Sonogi-cha brand established by young producers from Higashisonogi Town. They offer various drinks and sweets made with Sonogi-cha.

One of their recommended items is the Hiyashi Matcha(Ice matcha), which uses the finest Sonogi Matcha produced by Forties. It offers a gentle sweetness and rich aroma, making it a delightful cup of tea. It pairs well with Nagomi gelato, which is gelato made with local ingredients from various regions in Japan, such as Izu’s salted milk.

Details
Address: 3-13-16 Nishiogikita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 1pm-6:30pm(Weekdays),12:30pm-6:30pm(Weekends)
Closed on every other Tuesday
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14. Maruhachi Seichajo Ecute Shinagawa Store

Established in 1863, Maruhachi Seichajo is a tea manufacturing and retail company based in Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture, specializing in “Kaga Boucha,” a roasted green tea made from the stems of the first harvest. It has been cherished in Ishikawa Prefecture for a long time.
Maruhachi Seichajo Ecute Shinagawa Store opened in 2017 inside Ecute Shinagawa within Shinagawa Station. At the tea stand, they offer a lineup of four roasted tea menu items.

The flagship menu item is the Kenjo Kaga Boucha. It features lightly roasted high-quality stems of the first harvest, providing a refreshing taste and a fragrant aroma.
Additionally, they introduce limited-time seasonal variations of tea-based drinks using roasted tea and sencha, such as the Iced Boucha Latte and the Tropical Sencha.

At the store, they sell a wide range of products from Maruhachi Seichajo, including the Kenjo Kaga Boucha and other offerings.

Details
Address: 3-26-27 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo 
Opening hours: 8am-10pm / 8am-8:30pm(Sundays)
Open seven days a week
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15. And Tei

In March 2022, a Japanese tea cafe called And Tei opened in Tokyo’s Kinshicho area.

The flagship menu item at And Tei is the plant based milk tea with Japanese tea. The tea options include genmaicha (brown rice tea), hojicha (roasted green tea), domestically-produced black tea, and domestically-produced oolong tea. For the milk component, customers can choose from oats, soy, or sprouted milk. This allows customers to customize their preferred combination of tea and milk.

And Tei also offers around 10 different types of sweets that pair well with tea. The owner, Mr. Kurahashi, who has experience as a pastry chef, excels in creating handmade scones and cakes that are available at the cafe. One highly recommended item is the salt koji scone, which pairs perfectly with Japanese tea milk tea. It is highly recommended to order it as a set.

Details
Address: 1F, 1-22-6, Taihei 4-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 12am-6pm(Weekdays),10am-7:30pm(Weekends)
Closed on Wednesday 
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16. Amane Saryo

Amane Saryo is a Japanese tea cafe located in the nostalgic neighborhood of Sendagi in Tokyo. One of its charms is the retro-modern atmosphere created by renovating an old traditional house. The presence of beautifully arranged flowers inside the cafe leaves a lasting impression, as the warmth of wood and the gentleness of flowers harmonize to create a naturally relaxing ambiance.

The cafe is a two-story building, and as you ascend the stairs, you’ll find yourself in a spacious attic-like space. There are tatami-floored areas where you can take off your shoes at comfortable table seating, making it a perfect place to unwind. You might easily lose track of time and find yourself lingering in this cozy environment.

Amane Saryo carefully selects tea produced in the scenic rural area called Mizumi-Iro, nestled in the mountains of the owner’s hometown of Shizuoka. You can savor teas brewed with great care in kyusu (traditional Japanese teapot) by the knowledgeable staff.

In addition to their exceptional sencha (steamed green tea), they also recommend Shizuoka’s famous local red tea, Maruko, which has been known as a renowned black tea-producing region. You can enjoy these teas along with seasonal tea confectionery and sweets.

Details
Address: 12-44-19 Sendagi, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Opening hours: 11am-6pm(Weekdays), 11pm-8pm(Weekends)
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
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