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Ippodo Tea Company Kaboku

#127 of 11,599 Restaurants in Kyoto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
City Center
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52 Tokiwagicho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto 604-0915, Kyoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
+81 75-211-3421
09:00 - 18:00
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2016

Come to the beautiful Ippodo tea house in the historic district of Kyoto for an authentic Japanese tea experience. Purchase tea to take home with you from the adjoining shop.

Thank Tycho10
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2016

i have bought tea here for some years as presents for Japanese friends. I take the advice of the store about special tea that they may not usually buy themselves, and each time, the recipient has commented on its excellence, also that it brought back memories of tea their mothers and grandmothers used to drink on special occasions.

Thank georgig
Copenhagen, Denmark
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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016

WOW, Gyukuro tea was the best experience in Japan. I had newer hear about this tea before m, so when I saw it on the menu og teas, I decided to give it try . . what a revelation, so full of umami, and I could taste it long after finishing every mouthful. I went twice, and the first day... More 

Thank Galapita
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94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016

go with friends so you can all order different teas and taste them . lovely snack to match each tea. save some money to buy some tea to take home , makes an excellent gift.

Thank CJC-shanghai
Singapore, Singapore
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104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2016

We had some very good tea here with some traditional desserts. We sat at the bar counter, which was very nice because you get to see how the staff prepare the matcha in front of you. Not all tea places do their tea preparation out in the open like that, so if you have the opportunity, we recommend sitting at... More 

Thank 555_Travel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2015 via mobile

we got the set which comes with a tea of your choice and seasonal Japanese sweets. the service staff will guide you on the preparation of your own tea, so that was a cool experience. depending on what you order, tea preparation can be quite elaborate (eg transferring tea over 4 tea cups before letting it steep in the tea... More 

Thank 173sherryt
Beijing, China
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251 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2015

It's a little cafe in the almost legendary tea shop Ippodo. Not many seats so you may have to wait a while. The best part is that English-speaking ladies teaches you, hand in hand, how to make and enjoy tea. 'No hurry', I remember been told, 'wait for the last drop, it's most delicious'. That's like a motto. Go early,... More 

Thank tensaisimon
Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 4 June 2015 via mobile

I got the weekday special, which let's you have matcha and blancha tea along with a sweet at a discounted price. The ladies there were very accommodating and spoke good English, instructing us on the different types of tea they offer, how to make and drink it and explaining what the wagashi sweet was. It was a nice, relaxing way... More 

1 Thank Stephanie L
London, England, United Kingdom
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2015 via mobile

There are several places to get traditional tea in Kyoto. I have not tried them all, but of all place this is certainly one of the most "design". It seems to go into a Gucci boutique traditional Japanese style or in a jewellery. It is a smooth but precious atmosphere. So it is the tea. Delicious but expensive. If you... More 

2 Thank Alisandru
Hanoi, Vietnam
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 16 May 2015

I became addicted to green tea when I come back. It's a little bitter but there's something make me can not forget. The staff were so helpful and friendly to explain how they made it. Environment is totally perfect. I'll definitely come back.

Thank ChristineDinh

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$27
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
09:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 Tokiwagicho, Nakagyoku, Kyoto 604-0915, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Kyoto Prefecture  >  Kyoto>  > City Center
  • Neighbourhood: City Center
  • Phone Number: +81 75-211-3421

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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City Center
No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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