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About Ippodo Tea

We are a family-run Japanese tea company founded in 1717, in the heart of Kyoto. For generations, we have upheld a tradition of aromatic, well-balanced teas by carefully selecting, blending, and crafting each of our 30+ blends.

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Matcha Latte

Matcha Latte

An easy recipe for preparing at home to enjoy with breakfast or as a snack. One part matcha with one part frothed, warm milk makes for a cozy drinking experience - especially on colder days. Adjust the amount of milk to suit your preference.

Piping Hot Sencha

Piping Hot Sencha

Hot brewing is a quick and easy way to get delicious tea. This recipe makes for a more refreshing and exhilarating experience. Boiling hot water brings out a lot of astringency, so brewing quickly is vital. Prepared like this, the tea is very light but still has an enjoyable flavor and goes great with mealtime.

Standard Hojicha Brew

Standard Hojicha Brew

Our standard recipe for brewing loose-leaf hojicha. The light flavors of bancha teas work well for any occasion. Drink with your meals or when you're trying to relax. Use hot water that is boiling vigorously to bring out the full aroma of this tea.

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Ippodo Tea is sold worldwide through our online shops. You can also find our tea in our several store locations, from our original shop in Kyoto to our outpost in Tokyo.

Kyoto Main Store

52 Tokiwagi-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0915
Store: 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Kaboku Tearoom: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (Last call at 4:30 pm)
Store and Tearoom are closed on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Ippodo's main store in Kyoto is located on Teramachi Street, which runs north and south along the eastern side of the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

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Koicha, for a Next-Level Matcha Experience

Koicha, for a Next-Level Matcha Experience

Koicha ("thick tea") is a style of preparing matcha with a thick density. True to its name, a properly-made koicha has a consistency somewhere in-between maple syrup and warm honey.

Featuring Obukucha, Our New Year’s Genmaicha

Featuring Obukucha, Our New Year’s Genmaicha

There is a long tradition of drinking Obukucha in January in Japan to bring good fortune in the coming year.

Holiday Gift Selection - Fall & Winter 2022

Holiday Gift Selection - Fall & Winter 2022

Our 2022 selection of Japanese teas and utensils, for gifts or for your own use at every occasion this season.