【Tokyo/Ningyocho/Japanese Tea】Green Tea Tasting in Tokyo! Tasting Experience in a Traditional Home Turned Cafe

【Tokyo/Ningyocho/Japanese Tea】Green Tea Tasting in Tokyo! Tasting Experience in a Traditional Home Turned Cafe

  • Head to Tokyo, Ningyocho to Experience Japanese Tea! In a cafe renovated from an old traditional home, a 12-piece Japanese Tea tasting menu awaits you. The teas all have different colors, aromas and colors, and this experience will let you enjoy all of them inside-out! You will also get to taste “gyokuro”, a classification of the highest-quality Japanese tea.
  • Ningyocho, Tokyo where your tea-tasting experience will take place, carries a quaint atmosphere fitting for the historic district with a past dating to the Edo period. Your cafe will be hidden away in an alleyway, with a relaxing environment perfect for you to enjoy tea in.
  • Enjoy the traditional Japanese sweets, that all make great companions to the tea!
  • You can buy your favorite teas after the tasting experience. They make great souvenirs for your friends and family back home.

Information

Area Tokyo Chuo-ku
Meeting place 3-4-11 Nihon-bashi Ningyocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access 2 minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya line "Ningyoccho" station
Meeting time Please come by the starting time
Duration About 1.5 hour
Activity Code ACk004201
supported language English
Minimum number of participants 1person

Meeting place

Itinerary

  • ① Learn about the history of Japanese green tea
    ② Tasting "sencha" - 7 types
    ③ Tasting "matcha" - 4 types
    ④ Tasting premium "gyokuro" - 1 type
    ⑤ Try some sweets to accompany the tea
    ⑥ End of Experience.
    
    *This activity is not a full tea ceremony lesson. It is a casual tasting of Japanese tea and sweets.
    • A Diverse Tasting Course of Japanese Green Tea
      Since ancient times, tea has been a widely loved beverage in Japan. Not only is Japanese tea loved for its deeply fragrant bitterness, but it also for its numerous health benefits. That being said, the umbrella of "Nihon-cha" (Japanese tea) has a wide variety of classifications - "sencha", "bancha", "gyokuro", just to name a few.
      By the end of this experience, you will have tasted many of the different Japanese green teas! In a quiet cafe renovated from an old traditional home, you will go through an entire tasting menu of 12 different Japanese teas. Try the sencha and bancha teas, as well as the highest-quality gyokuro!
    • Mr. Aso, the owner of this Cafe
      Mr. Aso, the owner, founded ShiZen Tea in Ningyocho, Tokyo, hoping to show the beauty of Japanese tea to a wider audience. He tells us that Japanese tea is deeply connected to their land of cultivation, and retains not only the flavor of their leaves, but also the “flavor of their soil”. 
      Japanese tea is rooted deeply in Japanese culture and history too. In the experience, you will taste firsthand the differences between the teas, accompanied by Mr. Aso’s careful commentary.
    • The cafe is a renovated traditional home
      Your Japanese tea-tasting experience will take place in ShiZen Tea, a cafe specializing in Japanese tea. The surrounding Nihonbashi area is a historic district with many of Tokyo's oldest popular businesses.
      Before being renovated, this modern-looking cafe was actually an old Japanese traditional home. Hidden in an alleyway, it has a quiet, relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for your tea-tasting experience!
    • Learn about the types of Japanese green tea, and their history
      To begin your experience, the owner Mr. Aso will share his deep knowledge of Japanese green tea's typologies and history! Just like how coffee culture is to the Europe and the Americas, the culture of tea in Japan has been a deeply rooted part of everyday life since ancient times.
    • Tasting 7 types of "sencha"
      Starting off, you will taste 7 different "sencha" green teas.
      Sencha is a the type of Japanese tea most commonly drank in Japan. Young tea leaves are steamed, kneaded and dried to make its fresh fragrance and mild bitterness.
      The tea's flavor is sensitive to heat, and can vary greatly depending on the temperature of the used water. Here, special care is taken in choosing the perfect temperature for the different teas. You can feel the great dedication ShiZen Tea puts into maximizing the flavor of each individual tea. 
    • Tasting 4 types of "matcha"
      Next, you will taste 5 types of "matcha".
      The defining factor of matcha as opposed to sencha, is how the tea leaves are blocked off from sunlight in their cultivating process. Those leaves are steamed and dried without kneading, and then ground in a mortar to make matcha.
      The matcha here is a high-quality beverage, ground in a stone mortar. A good matcha has a smooth, delicate flavor on its own, that might trick you into thinking it contains milk!
    • Tasting the finest quality "gyokuro"
      Finally, you will also get to taste "gyokuro" - the pinnacle of quality sencha green tea!
      To make gyokuro, the tea leaves are blocked off from sunlight just as they sprout in their youngest stage. This brings out depth and sweetness in their taste. Above all, the defining factor of gyokuro is its condensed, fragrant flavor. Its deep flavor packs a punch without much bitterness, and you might even doubt that it is tea!
    • Accompanied by some traditional Japanese sweets
      Some traditional Japanese sweets will be prepared for you to taste with the tea. Their sweetness accompanies the Japanese green tea perfectly!
      You can buy your favorite teas after the tasting experience. They make great souvenirs for your friends and family back home.

Caution

Included in the fee
Experience fee, tea, sweets, tax
Not included in the fee
Any expenses not listed above
Notes
Please refrain from wearing perfume with a strong scent. It may interfere with the fragrance of the tea.
Things to bring
None
Facility
Restrooms
Cancellation policy
The day before: 50% of the reservation fee
Cancellation without prior notice: 100% of the reservation fee
Special Notes
*This activity is not a full tea ceremony lesson. It is a casual tasting of Japanese tea and sweets.
Operating Company
ShiZen Tea

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