Kyoto is very famous as Matcha (green tea) and its sweets and there are many cafes from modern to old stylish ones, which serve Matcha sweets in the center of Kyoto. 5 kinds of delicious Japanese style cafe will be introduced.
#1. Yojiya Cafe – Ginkakuji Temple
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Yojija is very popular oil-absorbent paper shop in Kyoto. There are some cafes in Kyoto but personally, I recommend Yojiya cafe near Ginkakuji Temple where you can enjoy Matcha sweets or drinks with an elegant Japanese garden.
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The popular drink in this cafe is “Matcha Cappuccino”. You would be attracted with it’s cute design. Would you drop in at Yojiya cafe after visiting Ginkakuji Temple?
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Yojiya Cafe – Ginkakuji Temple
Address: 15 Shishigatani Honenin-cho Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (L.O 5:30pm)
Website: Yojiya Cafe (Japanese)
#2. Giwon Komori
Giwon Komori is located at Shinbashidori, Gion. The building was used as a ochaya (teahouse) in the past. Once you enter Giwon Komori, you must feel old and histrical Kyoto. The matcha parfait with Matcha ice cream, Matcha jelly, kasutera sponge cake and so on is the most popular sweet here.
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Address: 61 Shinbashidori yamato oji higashi irumotoyoshi-cho Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
11:00 AM – 9:00 PM (Monday – Saturday)
11:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Sunday)
*Closed on Wednesday
Website: Giwon Komori (Japanese)
#3. Iyemon Salon Kyoto
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When you hear the name of “Iyemon”, I suppose that the plastic bottled green tea you can easily buy from vending machines occurs to your mind. Iyemon Salon Kyoto was released in 2008 on the concept of “Japanese tea designs life styles”. Iyemon Salon intakes the components of Machiya to represent Japanese tea culture and the interior can be divided into some parts; Guest room, Dining room, Tea room. You can enjoy Japanese tea chosen by Japanese tea experts and its sweets, seeing Japanese beautiful garden. The cafe also sell various kinds of Japanese tea with very cute packages. They will be nice souvenirs of Kyoto to your friends or family.
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Iyemon Salon Kyoto
Address: 80 Sanjodori karasuma nishi irumikura-cho Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Hours: 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM (Food L.O 11:00pm, Drink L.O 11:30 pm)
Website: Iyemon Salon Kyoto (Japanese)
#4. Nishiki Ichiha
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When you enter the cafe, you will find the small sophisticated Japanese garden inside. The most interesting Matcha menu at Nishiki Ichiha is “Nishiki Ichiha Fondue”.
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You dip fruits or Japanese dumplings into Matcha sauce and taste ingredients and Matcha at the same time. There are also different kinds of Matcha parfait or greentea wheatbuck noodles. When you come to this cafe, you must be surprised at the variations of sweets, food and drinks used Matcha.
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Address: 210 Kajiya-cho Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (L.O 5:30 PM)
Website: Nishiki Ichiha (Japanese)
#5. Nakamura Tokichi Honten
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Nakamura Tokichi opened in 1854 as a tea shop. The old tea-factory was renovated to open the cafe so that you can taste Japanese tea sweets in the old atmosphere. At this cafe you can join “Hiki-cha and Tea Ceremony Experience”. You make Matcha power by grinding tea leaves on the millstone. After making matcha, you can taste tea using your Matcha powder with seasonal Matcha sweets in the special tea room built around 300 years ago.
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Nakamura Tokichi Honten
Address: 10 Uji Ichiban, Uji City, Kyoto
Hours: 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM (L.O 5:00 PM)
Website: Nakamura Tokichi
Hiki-cha and Tea Ceremony Experience
Start at: 10:15 AM, 11:45 AM, 2:15 PM, 3:45PM
Fees: 2,160 yen/person including a matcha sweet (Available from 6 years old)