The Nezu Museum

The Nezu museum first opened in 1941 by Mr. Nezu Kaichiro, who was one of the industrialists back then.  The museum is situated in Minami-Aoyama near Omotesando. This place is known as a big collector of Japanese and East Asian arts (with more than 7400 pieces).  The Japanese garden next to it is very peaceful and…

New Year’s Day Tradition with Green Tea and Wagashi

Toraya, the Wagshi maker, has it’s signature shop in Akasaka. It is located on Aoyama Dori Street adjacent from the Toyokawa Inari Shrine. People enjoy visiting them on New year’s eve and on New year’s day.  Big kites are decorated on their wall and they light it up on New year’s eve.  From 0:00 to 4:00am, they open their tea…

Tea Tasting Event at Ippodo

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…

Green Tea Study Group

At Hibiya, a green tea cafe in Ginza, they invite Japan’s very first certified green tea instructor to teach tea lovers like myself about tea.  They hold this class bi-monthly. There are only 30 seats available and an advanced reservation is required.  The cost for this class is 5500 yen per person including tax.  After we…

How to prepare Sencha tea

The Tokyo Kotsukaikan building is situated just in front of the JR Yurakucyo station near OIOI and Loft.  It used to be the Tokyo City Hall but now it is a building that provides rental spaces for businesses.  There are a lot of antenna stores so to speak for each prefecture in Japan to advertise their local…

Fruit parfait with Sencha

There are many green tea cafes in Ginza.  This one is on the main street.  It is called Kitchoan.  The first floor is a confectionary shop, but on the second floor there is a small, hidden tea house for you to enjoy various kinds of green tea and sweets. They use different fruits for their fruit parfait…

Funabashiya Matcha Tea Confectionary

Funabashiya, the confectionary maker, has a store inside of the Muromachi Coredo Building in Nihonnbashi. After shopping, I was tired and discovered this shop. At first, I thought it was a confectionary store, which it was, but the shop also had a little sitting area where they were also serving green tea and sweets.  The store was very…

Matcha tea in Enkakuji Temple

The Enkakuji Temple in North Kamakura was built in 1282. It has different temples, gates, a bell, Japanese gardens, a pond, a zen meditation place and more on the premises. The admission fee to enter the Enkakuji Temple is 300 yen. One of the temples on the premises is called Futsunichi-an and they offer a cup of matcha tea…

Mikatsukido Kasen Cafe

The Mikatsukido Kasen cafe is situated near the gate to Kencyoji Temple in Kamakura.  The cafe offers a variety of Japanese sweets.  They also have a store where you can purchase seasonable sweets for tea.  Instead of sweets, I ordered the roasted mochi seasoned with soy sauce and wrapped in dried seaweed.  It came with tea, seasoned seaweed,…

Bunny-shaped Steamed Sweet Bun

Adjacent to the Meigetsuin Temple AKA Ajisai temple, there is a Japanese cafe surrounded by trees called Saryou Kaze Hana (Wind and Flower Tea House).  At this cafe, they serve a steamed sweet bun that is shaped like a bunny with Matcha tea (Hot or Cold). The bun was hot when it was brought to…

Matcha Tea in the Bamboo Garden in Kamakura

This is one of the most luxurious cafes I have discovered.  By luxurious, I mean you can enjoy a cup of matcha tea with wagashi in the open air balcony of the cafe overlooking the bamboo garden surrounded by zillions of bamboo.  Every time I visit Kamakura, I drop by this Bamboo Garden AKA the Hokokuji Temple to…

Tea House in a Castle

Nijyo Castle in Kyoto has a very nice and cozy tea house where any visitors are welcome to come by.  Inside of the Castle, where the Syogun used to reside, is now open for tourists. After taking a tour of the castle and it’s beautiful gardens, it is nice to rest at this beautiful tea house. The tea…

Cyaseki Mantei

If you visit the Ghibli museum, Inokashira Park, Inokashira Zoo or the town of Kichijyoji, I highly recommend that you visit this tea house which is hidden away in the alley.  The name of the tea house is Cyaseki Mantei. It is a part of an actual house that someone resides in.  It has been there since 1975.  They…

Saryou Cafe to have a Vegetarian Lunch

We visited the Kagurazaka Saryou Cafe to have lunch after walking around.  They have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch sets as well as sweets and a variety of beverages. It was lunch hours when we visited so we had a lunch set.  The price was very reasonable (1000 yen to 1200 yen) and it comes…

Dorayaki Cafe

Harajuku Kotobuki Cafe in Harajuku is a cafe where you can enjoy Dorayaki and Matcha tea as well as other beverages and sweets.  It maybe hard to locate the place because it is located on the basement level of a building but it is conveniently located near Harajuku station.  A menu in English is also…

Cha No Yu Cafe in Kichijyoji

Even though Cha No Yu Cafe is hidden away off a local side street, there is a long line to get a seat. They serve all kinds of green tea, black tea and coffee that come with a variety of sweets. The cafe is located in Kichijoji, a town famous for having Inokashira Park, zoo…

Toraya Cafe

The Toraya Cafe is a nice, cozy cafe located on the basement level of Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku. Toraya is one of Japan’s traditional wagashi makers. This cafe is the perfect spot for people to come by and rest after their done shopping.  At the cafe, they serve a different variety of seasonable wagashi (they change them…

Hanazono Manjyu Cafe

I grew up eating sweets from Hanazono Manjyu.  Today, you can purchase their sweets at any major department store.  Their flagship store is located across the street from the Hanazono Shrine on Meiji Dori Street just a few blocks away from the Shinjuku 3-chome crossing.  They have been in the confectionary business since 1834. They…

Chaya Aoyagi

Once a week, I like to visit the Isetan department store for shopping.  It has been my family ritual to visit Isetan on a weekly basis ever since I was small. On the 7th floor, there are many good restaurants to dine at.  One particular favorite of mine is Chaya Aoyagi, I like to rest here…