kyoto #2.2 : Ippodo Tea House

Had a very interesting traditional Japanese Traditional Tea.
Feel free to ask the waitress to explain how you should properly enjoy your tea!

Entrance

Entrance

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Tenka Ichi (Gyokuro) with Tea snack

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Close up of Tea Snack

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Hosen (Sencha) with Tea snack

Note: Depending on whichever type of green tea, there will be different number of tea cups ( used as a gauge to measure accurately the optimal temperature that each type of tea should be enjoyed; if teapot [100 degrees]-> 1st cup [80 degrees] (= -20 degrees) -> 2nd cup [60 degrees] (-20 degrees)).

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This implies that the tea should be enjoyed at 60 degrees

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Outcome: Sencha 🙂

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Input: Sencha

The shop itself, being the main shop still maintains the historical elements and tools used to make tea.

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Verdict: 5/5 of us will return. I wished we learned more to appreciate tea, but this was really education and a very good experience to learn about the Japanese Culture.
A very good place as well to buy souvenirs 🙂

IPPODO Tea
Teramachi-dori Nijo, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0915
Tel: +81-75-211-3421
http://www.ippodo-tea.co.jp/en/shop/kyoto.html
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.

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