Ippoen is a tea shop in Kyoto that has been around since 1717. Today, we do not need to travel all the way to Kyoto to purchase their tea because now their products are sold at major department stores in Japan and New York City and at their branch shop in Marunouchi, Tokyo. They not only sell tea and tea pots but they also have a cozy tea cafe. Behind the shop, there is a tea room where they facilitate various events and introduce culture and the history of green tea to the general public. I attended their tea tasting event to learn about the different kinds of tea and the story behind them. I also learned the difference between Kyoto style tea and Shizuoka style tea for the first time. At the event, you will be served a cup of Hojicha as a welcome drink. You will also get to taste Sencha, Bancha, Gyokurocha and Matcha before and after the information session. Surprisingly, it smells and tastes different after you gain the knowledge of each tea. In just two hours, you are an expert on green tea and can tell the differences! At the end of the tasting class, they serve a cup of Matcha with a seasonable sweet wagashi to relax. The cost of this class is 2000 yen including wagashi from a famous wagashi maker.