The Most Authentic Teahouses in Tokyo

Kosoan Tea House in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo
Kosoan Tea House in Jiyugaoka, Tokyo | © Leng Cheng/Flickr
Alicia Joy

Tokyo Writer

Looking for an authentic place in Tokyo to enjoy your matcha and wagashi? These traditional teahouses are the best the city has to offer.

1. Kasoyo

Tea Room, Tea

Kasoyo is both a kimono shop and a teahouse, tucked into a traditional Japanese home. The simple menu is currently only available in Japanese, so some language ability would be helpful.

2. Nakajima No Ochaya

Tea Room, Japanese

Nakajima no Ochaya in Hamarikyu Gardens, Chuo
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Nakajima No Ochoya is located inside Hamarikyu Gardens. The teahouse itself is over three hundred years old. In addition to paying for your tea set, entrance to the park costs ¥300.

3. Sakurai Traditional Japanese Tea Experience

Tea Room, Tea

Sakurai may resemble an old apothecary, but it is first and foremost a teahouse. Only the finest teas from all over Japan are served here, carefully sourced and selected by the owner. The five-tea tasting course for ¥3,800 is the best way to experience it.

4. Kosoan

Tea Room, Tea

Kosoan is built in a beautiful old Japanese house complete with its own picturesque gardens. This charming teahouse offers reasonably priced but authentic tea sets, traditional sweets and desserts. English menu is available.

5. Ippodo Tea Store

Tea Room, Tea

Ippodo Tea is a Kyoto-based company offering premium Japanese green teas and authentic wagashi. Many of their tea shops are also a café, including their Marunouchi location. English menu available.

6. Kantoku-tei

Tea Room, Tea

Kantoku-tei is located inside the historic Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens. Surrounded by scenic landscaping and ancient trees, this modest teahouse is definitely worth a visit. Entrance to the park is 300 yen and is required to access it.

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