Kamakura, a historic city with numerous attractions, is known for its rich history and cultural heritage. Surrounded by mountains and the sea, it offers a delightful experience of exploring the city’s charm throughout the seasons. Being conveniently close to Tokyo, it is a popular tourist destination.
In Kamakura, you can find unique tea cafes where you can enjoy Japanese tea. There are also opportunities to savor matcha in beautiful temples, adding to the cultural experience of the city.
1. Kamakura Club Saryo Komachi
Kamakura Club Saryo Komachi is a Japanese tea specialty shop located in the Komachi-dori area of Kamakura. It is a place where you can enjoy Japanese tea in a calm space, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The shop offers a wide range of products, including Japanese tea, teapots, tea utensils, miscellaneous goods, and tea confectionery.
Inside the store, these items are densely packed and displayed side by side, creating a vibrant and bustling atmosphere.
At the counter seats, you can taste various types of tea from different regions of Japan. The tea leaves are carefully selected, focusing on single varieties. They offer a selection of teas such as Tsuyuhikari from Makinohara, Shizuoka, and Okumusashi from Ureshino, Saga, which allow you to experience the individual characteristics of different tea varieties and their places of origin.
They also have rare indigenous tea varieties from unique regions such as Dosenbo in Kyoto, providing an impressive lineup that offers a glimpse into the diverse world of Japanese tea. Each tea can be enjoyed through multiple infusions, revealing changing aromas and flavors. Furthermore, they serve original cocktails made with tea as well.
Address: Ninotorii Bldg. 1F, 2-10-19 Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa
Opening hours: 11am-10pm
Closed on Thursdays
Charin is a Japanese tea cafe located in Kamakura City. It is situated in a back alley of Komachi-Dori, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
The cafe exudes the nostalgic charm of Kamakura. It provides a cozy and welcoming atmosphere where you can enjoy your tea time leisurely.
The owner, Mr. Matsunaga, is a certified Japanese tea instructor and a tea professional. You can taste a variety of teas carefully selected by Mr. Matsunaga from different regions across Japan.
They offer a rich menu that allows you to experience the distinct characteristics of teas from various regions, such as Sayama tea from Saitama, Uji tea from Kyoto, Mizusawa tea from Mie, and Yame tea from Fukuoka. They have a selection of green tea, including Sencha, Gyokuro(shaded green tea), Hojicha(roasted green tea) and Matcha.
They also recommend indulging in wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets like nerikiri and yokan, which pair wonderfully with the tea. Be sure to enjoy them together with your choice of Japanese tea.
Address: 1-6-28 Yukinoshita, Kamakura City, Kanagawa
Opening hours: 11am-6pm
Closed on Wednesday
3. Chabakka Tea Parks
Chabakka Tea Parks is a Japanese tea select shop located in the Onarimachi area of Kamakura. It aims to provide a new way of enjoying Japanese tea with the concept of stylish Japanese tea entertainment.
One of their signature menu items is the Draft Tea which is poured directly from a specially designed server inspired by beer taps. It allows you to enjoy Sencha and Hojicha with a creamy nitrogen-infused foam on top.
The shop is dedicated to single-origin tea, carefully selected from various regions throughout Japan. They offer around 17 different types of tea, including Sencha and Kamairicha(pan fired green tea) that showcase the unique characteristics of each tea variety, as well as black tea and Oolong tea.
In addition to tea, Chabakka Tea Parks also focuses on developing original products. The shop encompasses a lifestyle store aspect as well. They sell a wide range of products, including tumblers, tea aroma burners, apparel such as T-shirts, and even food items like organic salt and instant rice seasoning made with tea.
They offer not only a selection of high-quality tea but also a diverse range of products that cater to various aspects of a tea-inspired lifestyle.
Address: 11-10 Onarimachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa
Opening hours: 11pm-6pm
Open seven days a week
4. Kamakura Tsubomi no Ie
Kamakura Tsubomi no Ie is located in Kamakura’s Yuigahama area. It is a cultural space where you can enjoy various experiences related to food and culture, such as cooking classes, calligraphy workshops, and kintsugi (golden joinery) workshops. Housed in an 80-year-old renovated traditional Japanese house, it offers a charming setting for the “Life by the Sea and Tea” experience.
Leading the “Life by the Sea and Tea” experience is Ms.Chikako, who has been running cooking classes with a focus on Japanese home cooking for nearly 20 years. She is also a certified nutritionist and a Japanese tea instructor. The experience allows participants to savor the courses of Chikako’s cooking and tea while immersing themselves in the depth of Japanese food culture and the beauty of handcrafted work.
During the course, participants can also learn about the art of brewing tea from Chikako, who demonstrates the beautiful way of preparing tea.
Chikako personally visits tea producers, engaging in conversations with them and selecting teas that resonate with the producers’ thoughts and values. The dishes in the experience make generous use of seasonal ingredients, allowing participants to fully appreciate the natural flavors of the ingredients.
Through the culinary experience, participants can discover the excellence of traditional Japanese food culture. “Life by the Sea and Tea” offers a precious experience that allows one to distance themselves from the daily routine and gently heal their tired mind and body.
Address:2-4-2 Hase,Kamakura City, Kanagawa
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm (Reservation required)
Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays
5. Cacao Hanare
Cacao Hanare is a specialty Japanese chocolate shop located in the Hase area of Kamakura City. It opened in 2020 as a separate branch of the popular chocolate shop Maison Cacao Kamakura Komachi Store.
The concept of the shop revolves around “tea and chocolate,” proposing a new way to enjoy the combination of Japanese tea and chocolate. They offer a variety of unique Japanese sweets that can only be found at Cacao Hanare such as Hanare no Monaka(bean-jam wafer) which combines hojicha (roasted green tea) or domestically produced black tea with a crispy wafer shell, and Matcha Baumkuchen, made with white chocolate and matcha.
Hanare no Terrine Matcha features the finest matcha from Yame, Fukuoka, combined with chocolate terrine, creating a chocolate wagashi (Japanese confection) where matcha takes the spotlight. It beautifully blends the fragrances of matcha and chocolate.
Inside the shop, they also serve tea using carefully selected tea leaves, including gyokuro (shaded green tea) and hojicha. You can enjoy their Hanare no Nama Dorayaki(bean‐jam pancake)or Hanare no Monaka in the eat-in corner along with the tea.
Address: 1-15-9 Hase, Kamakura City, Kanagawa,
Opening hours: 10pm-5pm
Closed on Mondays
6. Kisen-an / Jomyoji Temple
Kisen-an is located within the grounds of Jomyoji Temple in Kamakura.
You can spend a serene and relaxing time while gazing at the beautiful dry landscape garden.
The taste of matcha, enjoyed in the tranquility, is truly exceptional. It is recommended to visit during the early hours of the morning. During this time, the atmosphere is peaceful and calm, allowing you to further settle your mind.
Address: 3-8-31 Jomyoji, Kamakura City, Kanagawa
Opening hours: 10pm-4pm
Open seven days a week
7. Kyuko-an / Hokokuji Temple
Kyuko-an is located within the grounds of Hokokuji Temple, famous for its bamboo forest, in Kamakura. The temple boasts a bamboo grove consisting of approximately 2,000 bamboo trees.
At Kyuko-an, you can enjoy a relaxing tea time while gazing at the enchanting bamboo garden. The taste of matcha, savored in front of the beautiful scenery, is truly exceptional.
It is a must-visit temple cafe in Kamakura, offering a serene atmosphere and one of the most picturesque views in the area.
Address: 2-7-4 Jomyoji, Kamakura City,, Kanagawa
Opening hours: 9pm-4pm
Open seven days a week
8. Zushi Saryo Rindo
Zushi Saryo Rindo is a tea house located in Zushi City, which is conveniently close to Kamakura. It is a unique shop where you can enjoy various ways of experiencing Japanese tea, serving as a tearoom during the day and transforming into a bar at night.
During the daytime, their recommended option is the Seasonal Japanese Tea and Wagashi Afternoon Tea. This offers a delightful experience of three different types of tea, light snacks, and seasonal wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets). It allows you to fully appreciate the essence of Rindo and indulge in a tea time that captures the charm of the establishment.
Japanese tea is sourced directly from producers in various regions such as Shizuoka, Saga, Kyoto, and Fukuoka. The selection focuses on tea leaves that highlight the individual characteristics of each variety, inviting guests to enjoy tea in a manner similar to exploring different wine varieties.
In the evening, the tearoom transforms into a bar where you can enjoy carefully selected drinks such as seasonal sake, shochu, and Japanese wine. Their food concept revolves around “delicious dishes in small portions,” utilizing seasonal ingredients and serving everything on small plates.
The interior of the establishment features counter seats, table seating, and sofa seating, providing a calm and comfortable ambiance that is perfect for enjoying tea or alcohol.
Zushi Saryo Rindo offers a unique space where you can immerse yourself in the pleasures of tea and alcohol while enjoying a relaxed atmosphere.
Address: 2F Kasahara Building Zushi B, 5-1-12 Zushi, Zushi City, Kanagawa
Opening hours: Tea room 12am-4:30pm Bar 5:30pm-12pm
Open seven days a week