About Ippodo

About Ippodo

Located in the heart of Kyoto, Ippodo Tea Co. has been providing the highest quality Japanese green tea for nearly 3 centuries. More than just a retailer, Ippodo is a multi-faceted tea company directly involved in the procurement and blending of carefully selected tea leaves. Our teas are of the finest class, cultivated in the lush fields of Kyoto and the surrounding area. This region is renowned for producing the highest grade of green tea in Japan, thanks largely to its mild misty climate, mineral-rich soil and near-perfect balance of sunshine and rainfall.

Just as tea is blessed by Mother Nature, it is subject to her varying weather patterns. Overcoming these variations is a major hurdle for tea producers trying to provide a consistent flavor. Yet, providing a consistent flavor is Ippodo's forte. Drawing on nearly 300 years of expertise in blending, Ippodo is famous among its patrons for providing a high quality taste that is consistent not only throughout the year but from year to year. Our aim is to ensure that our trademark taste - the taste that our customers know and love - is inside every package that leaves our plant.

To us, tea is not only a beverage, but an experience to be enjoyed and cherished. Sipping on a relaxing cup of tea while reflecting on a special memory; enjoying a nice conversation over tea with a friend or loved one - regardless of the scenario, we want your tea experience to be a satisfying one. We hope you will take the time to explore and discover all the delicate pleasures that each green tea has to offer.

To help you learn more about Japanese green tea, we have set up a hands-on tearoom -the KABOKU Tearoom - adjacent to our main store in Kyoto. We invite you to come and experience firsthand the techniques for brewing the different types of green tea. We also offer Tea-Making Workshops, which can be held at our main store or at a location of your choosing. The occasions on which a particular tea is suitable; the recommended tea for a favorite aunt with a particular taste preference - whether it's a simple question or a more complicated one, we are more than happy to try our best to answer any inquiries that you may have.

At Ippodo, we are committed not only to providing fine quality teas; we sincerely hope that we can become a source of tea inspiration to you!

Teramachi-dori Nijo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0915
Tel: +81-75-211-3421 / Fax: +81-75-241-0153
Store hours: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (until 6:00 pm Sundays and holidays)*
Kaboku Tearoom: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm*
* Closed during New Year's holidays.


Tea-Making Workshop

If you would like to learn more than just the basics of tea-making, this workshop is perfect for you. Our experienced staff will share their expertise, perhaps changing what you thought you knew about green tea. From elementary school students on up, participants of all different age groups will learn firsthand how tea leaves are prepared, which teas are suitable for which occasions, and how the various Japanese teas differ in taste, texture and fragrance.

This is not an academic seminar, but rather, an interactive event that will allow you to get to know more about tea in a casual setting. For us, it’s not just about having fun with customers while making tea together; we also take great pleasure in answering questions like, “What should I do in this particular situation?” and “What tea do you recommend in this particular season?”

The workshop is organized by our Ippodo staff, and can be held at our main store in Kyoto, or at a location of your choosing. Please contact us with any inquiries that you may have concerning this workshop. We will do our best to accommodate your requests.

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