Premium Select Matcha

Premium Select Matcha is a rare tea produced in quantities that are too small to market year-round. This tea is our exclusive blend of competition-level matchas from the highest regarded farms in Japan. Due to its limited quantity, we will ony offer this matcha as long as supplies last.

We recommend preparing this tea as koicha (thick matcha), adding only enough water to blend the powder into a smooth paste. As koicha, the wondrous richness of this tea leaves an elegant and powerful impression.

If you are interested in exploring the highest, most delectable grades of matcha, we recommend giving this special tea a try. When you do, make sure to take a moment to focus your mind before enjoying, so that you don’t miss any of the delights of its flavor and aroma.

This limited release is only available at select Ippodo stores. See our release schedule below.
January 25th: Available at Kyoto Main Store & Tearoom, and Tokyo Marunouchi Store & Tearoom
February 1st: Available on Global Online Shop and USA & Canada Online Shop
Around February 5th: Available at Ippodo New York Store

Ippodo New York will be closed Jan. 26- Feb. 3

Next week, Sunday, January 26th, through Monday, February 3th, Ippodo New York will be closed for maintenance.
We apologize for the short notice and for the inconvenience. Please make your plans accordingly.
We look forward to reopening for business on Tuesday, February 4th.

Ippodo presents: Japanese tea workshops

Want to know what authentic Japanese tea tastes like?
Or how Ippodo’s various teas differ?
Come to an in-depth Ippodo workshop to experience the many aromas, colors, and flavors of Japanese tea.

Price: 3,000 yen + tax per person

1. Taste different grades from four types of Japanese tea: matcha, gyokuro, sencha, and bancha
2. Learn how these teas are enjoyed in different daily settings in Japan
3. How to store your tea
4. Q&A

*Hands-on experience preparing tea is available as an option
(2,000 yen + tax. Request this option when reserving a place at the workshop.)

Capacity: 10
*The workshop may be postponed if there are insufficient participants.

Reservations: Please reserve your place in the workshop by email. The deadline for reservations is on the Sunday preceding the workshop each month.

Email contact:

Place: Ippodo Kyoto Main Store
Next workshop:
11:10 AM to 12:00 PM on Thursday, February 13th
Upcoming workshop:
11:10 AM to 12:00 PM on Thursday, March 12th
Place: Ippodo Tokyo Marunouchi Store
Next workshop:
11:10 AM to 12:00 PM on Thursday, February 20th
Upcoming workshop:
11:10 AM to 12:00 PM on Thursday, March 19th

Winter holiday store hours 2019 – 2020

Main Store in Kyoto

- Closed: January 1 through 3

Kaboku Tearoom (in Main Store)
- Closed: December 29 through January 3

Tokyo Marunouchi Store

- Closed: December 31 and January 1

Kaboku Tearoom (in Tokyo store)
- Closed: December 31 through January 2

Special hours:
- Dec. 30: 11 AM- 6 PM
(‘Last call’ in Kaboku Tearoom at 5:30 PM)
- Jan. 2: 12 AM – 6 PM
(except for Kaboku Tearoom, which is closed)

New York store

- Closed: December 23, 25, 30, and January 1
- Regular business hours on December 24

Special hours:
- Dec. 31: 11 AM- 6 PM

Online Shop

Our Online Shop will continue to accept orders throughout the end of the year and through New Year’s holidays. Please note, however, that shipments may take longer to arrive than usual.

Our Online Shop email staff will be on holiday from December 29 to January 4. We will respond to emails from this period, on January 6th. Thank you for understanding.

We wish you all the best during the holiday season!

New release: Special New Year’s Matcha

New release: Special New Year's Matcha

IPPODO is pleased to offer a special New Year’s blend of matcha, on sale starting December 1th.

2020 is Year of the Rat, and we have just released our New Year’s matcha in preparation. This limited-edition tea is specially blended to enjoy at the end of the year and the start of the next, every winter. Unlike our other matchas, this blend’s character changes each year that we release it, depending on the weather and other growing conditions.
This year’s New Year’s matcha has an especially smooth character. Compared with other years, it has a round umami, a full-bodied aftertaste, and almost no astringency. Its aroma is exceptionally sweet, and its color is a vibrant sea-green.

Special New Year's Matcha

We recommend preparing this hearty, soothing tea as koicha (thick matcha), on a cold winter day. Or, prepare a bowl of regular strength usucha using this smooth, drinkable matcha for a family member new to powdered green tea.

Special New Year’s Matcha

>Neno-mukashi 20g Can
*Limited-edition Year of the Rat Label for 2020

> Special New Year’s Wakamatsu-no-mukashi Matcha 20g Can
*Named by the Omote-Senke family of tea masters.

> Special New Year’s Seiun Matcha 40g Can
*Named by the Ura-Senke family of tea masters.

These matcha products contain the same type of matcha.

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