The KABOKU Tearoom rests on that calm, cobble-stoned stretch bridging the crazy Tokyo Station area with the even crazier Ginza area. Contemporary Japanese interiors welcome you to a casual atmosphere.
Your interactive introduction to the world of green tea starts as their knowledgeable staff guides you through a wide selection of Sencha, Gyokuro, Matcha, and Bancha. Then, your chosen tea is prepared in front of you.
Teas come in varying flavour intensities to suit different taste preferences. For beginners, we suggest trying out milder Sencha – a Nichigetsu or a Hosen, perhaps – before moving on to richer Matcha, like the Ummon-no-mukashi.
The umami flavour of Gyokuro might be overwhelming for the unchristened, or for the British-style black tea drinker. Save trying it for return trips.
Before we forget, their Bancha are good for enjoying at home. A warm cup of Houjicha, for instance, works wonders in calming the nerves before bed.
With its main store in Kyoto, tearoom in Tokyo, and branch in New York, IPPODO TEA CO. has woven tea drinking and appreciation into the fabric of modern culture. It is a brand that teeters between sticking with the traditional preparation process and modernizing the service, making tearooms and green tea enjoyment more approachable – less ceremonial, yes, but nonetheless reverential.