Ippodo is the best place in Kyoto to buy green tea, including both leaf tea and powdered tea (matcha). The store is incredibly atmospheric and samples are available.
Kyoto is the home of most of Japan’s tea ceremony schools and many of the practitioners of the art purchase their tea here. It’s easy to understand why: there’s a huge selection of green teas on offer and the staff is highly knowledgeable about their offerings. You can buy attractive gift sets here that include an assortment of everyday drinking teas and luxury special-occasion teas.
If you can’t decide, there’s usually someone on hand who can speak enough English to give you some suggestions. There’s also a fine little café on the premises where you can drink some of the teas on sale here. All in all, this is one of our favorite places in Kyoto to buy souvenirs for the folks back home.
52 Tokiwagi-cho, Teramachi-dori, Nijo agaru, Nakagyo-ku
9am-7pm Monday-Saturday, to 6pm Sunday & holidays
Closed new year holidays
Green tea leaf from \600 (100g)
10min walk from Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station, Tozai subway line
Official Website (English)
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Kyoto Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Kyoto guide
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