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About Ippodo

About Ippodo Tea

Located in the heart of Kyoto, Ippodo Tea Co. has been providing the highest quality Japanese green tea for over three centuries. More than just a retailer, Ippodo is a multi-faceted tea company that carefully selects, blends, and crafts its own tea. Our teas are of the finest class, cultivated in the mountains of Kyoto and the surrounding area. This region is renowned for producing the highest grade of green tea in Japan, thanks largely to its mild misty climate, mineral-rich soil and near-perfect balance of sunshine and rainfall.

Where to find us

Ippodo tea is sold throughout the world through our online shops. You can also find our tea in our several store locations, from our original shop in Kyoto, to our Tokyo store, and our storefront in New York City.

The pleasures of tea

Tea is both a beverage and an experience, which comforts us and brings us together. Whether sipping on a relaxing cup of tea on a quiet morning, or enjoying a nice conversation over tea with a friend, your tea experiences should be delightful. To help you experience tea to its fullest, we are eager to answer any question that you may have, no matter how simple or complicated, through our contact page and in person at our store locations. We hope you enjoy exploring all the delicate pleasures that each of our teas has to offer.


Matcha: an Ippodo Story

 

In Matcha: an Ippodo Story, director Michael McAteer transports viewers to Kyoto, Japan for an intimate matcha experience with Ippodo Tea. Owned and operated by the Watanabe family for over three centuries, Ippodo has upheld the culture of matcha since they began handpicking tea in 1717. The short film is the first to document Ippodo's story. It beautifully depicts the cycle of tea from harvest all the way through to the Japanese tea ceremony, and the family at the heart of it all.