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“Matcha Overload !”

Ito Kyuemon Uji Honten
Ranked #3 of 769 Restaurants in Uji
Certificate of Excellence
Neighbourhood: Southern Kyoto
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Neighbourhood: Southern Kyoto
Reviewed November 22, 2015

We visited this place as a 2nd options after Tokichi as we tried to queue but apparently Tokichi run out almost of the stuffs before the lunch time end. Itohkyuemon main branch is pretty big and they have both cafe and the store. We waited about 20 minutes and finally got the seat, we ordered their matcha soba, warabi mochi and matcha parfait. Actually their menu is pretty similar with Tokichi only Tokichi have some more selections for matcha soba set and the dessert.

The matcha soba is just like what we expected, light and pretty good but not something that we will come back for. On the other hand, I love their parfait more than Tokichi and that what we may come back for. After finish your meal, you can go around to shop at their store and they really have a lot of selections in Matcha from chocolate, tea, cake, cookies and even curry. So its a MUST to visit if you are a matcha lover !

Date of visit: November 2015
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Reviewed May 1, 2015

We decided to have lunch here after visiting Byodo-in. It was not that far of a walk and very easy to find.

We got the green tea soba noodles (amazing), matcha cappucinno (even more amazing), matcha sweetroll (off the charts amazing) and matcha cheesecake (utterly ridiculously amazing).

This was my favorite dining experience on my Japan trip. We stocked up at the store to bring tons of stuff home like matcha sake, wine, the green tea soba noodles, etc. I wish we could have packed the matcha cheesecake and sweetroll in our luggage, but alas they are cold. I can't wait until my next Japan trip so we can come back here! All the staff were so nice in the restaurant and the store.

Date of visit: April 2015
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1  Thank phoenixasia81
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Reviewed September 2, 2014

Incredible! If you are in Uji, make sure you give this place a visit. Everything matcha-ey about this place is top notch, from their soba to their desserts. I actually prefer this than Nakamura Tokichi Honten (although to be fair, I did visit Tokichi's Kyoto branch, not the original Uji one).
If you love green tea and matcha, you will feel absolutely blissful here, and somehow, you'd fit in that extra dessert even after you are full (typing from experience here...)
This restaurant is located on the north side of Uji, arguably the 'less' touristy area, and you'd probably feel you'll be going out of your way a bit to reach this place. But it's worth it :) Get one of the green tea soba dishes (our favorite is the zarusoba), and get the desserts. Any dessert. Then perhaps, squeeze in an extra order of another type of matcha dessert ;)

The shop also sells various matcha/green tea inspired snacks, teas, and alcohol/sake/wine. Try the green tea wine. Beautiful.

Date of visit: August 2014
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1  Thank luna_s34
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Reviewed June 14, 2014


Itohkyuemon is the best place to eat when visiting Uji. You can come here for a full meal or just for dessert. The non-desert position of the menu is limited; you can get hot or cold matcha soba noodles, which are tasty. There are lots of desserts, including large parfaits and all sorts of other matcha sweets.

This place gets very crowded so go early or be prepared to wait. Most of the staff don't speak English (we were the only non-Japanese speakers there when we visited) but they will bring you an English menu with pictures that you can point at to order.

In addition to the cafe, there is a shopping area here where you can buy everything from hojicha cheesecake to high end sencha. We bought some tea here and it's excellent, but you can buy cheaper and still very high quality tea in some of the shops near Byodo In Temple.

If you take the Keihan Uji Line to Uji, you turn left (and do not cross the river) to find Itokyuemon, which will be on the left side of the street. Look for the large plastic matcha parfait out front. (This place is in the opposite direction from Byodo In Temple and all the other tea stores; you will turn right and cross the river when you go to visit them.) Itohyuemon is open from 10am to 6pm daily.

Please note there is a branch of Itohkyuemon near Byodo In Temple, but it does not have a cafe.

Date of visit: April 2014
1  Thank Tuffet119
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

This matcha restaurant is located on the way to Mimuroto-ji temple. You should have a rest -stop here after visiting the garden. Have brunch here ! This is an extremely popular place among the local Japanese and at 11am when I went, the place was already filled. So if you are thinking of lunch, you would have to wait on the queue for some time.

As there are many matcha restaurants in Uji, figuring which is Itokyuemon can be challenging. Make sure you write the restaurant name down on your to-do list in Uji and ask the lady at the Uji tourist information desk next to the JR station to circle its location on their English map.

What to eat - as much as you can stuff of course, the signature matcha soba, matcha parfait, matcha jelly (super wonderful) etc. Shop for matcha cake, matcha biscuits here too. They make good gifts to take home. I really don't mind coming to Uji just to eat here again !

Date of visit: May 2014
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