Sabo Nonohana (茶房 野の花)

The Best Tea Houses for Tea Ceremonies in Tokyo

Sabo Nonohana (茶房 野の花)

Japanese tea ceremony has been around for 1000+ years. We’ve compiled the best tea houses and cafes in Tokyo so you too can experience this cultural practice.

Heavily influenced by Zen Buddhism, traditional Japanese tea ceremony (chado) is a 9th century cultural practice that involves preparing and presenting powdered green tea (matcha) in a tea house or chashitsu. 

Even with modern western style cafes popping up at every corner, people from all over the world still come to Japan to sought out this unique activity. To keep you in the loop, here’s a list of the top tea houses and cafes in Tokyo (in no particular order): 

Tea Houses in Tokyo

1. Hamarikyu Garden’s Nakajima No Ochaya Tea House (中島の御茶屋)

Hamarikyu Garden's Nakajima No Ochaya Tea House (中島の御茶屋)

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Located in Hamarikyu Garden, you need to pay a measly admission fee of 300 yen to get to Nakajima No Ochaya. This 1704 tea house serves you green tea via traditional Japanese tea ceremony. This also includes wagashi, a traditional Japanese confection.  

Price: 720 yen

Website: Hamarikyu Garden’s Nakajima No Ochaya Tea House (中島の御茶屋)

Address: 1-1 Hamarikyuteien, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0046

Access: Shiodome Station

 

2. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden’s Tea House

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden's Tea House

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For just 200 yen, you get to escape the city and enter this tranquil garden where a traditional tea house awaits you. Why not head on over to quench your thirst with green tea and replenish your energy with wagashi?

For our comprehensive guide to Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, click here

Price: ~700 yen

Website: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden’s Tea House

Address: 11 Naitomachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0014

Access: Shinjuku Sanchome or Shinjuku Gyoemmae Station

 

3. Souen Sakurai 櫻井焙茶研究所

Souen Sakurai 櫻井焙茶研究所

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Tea master Shinya Sakurai traveled throughout Japan in hopes of finding the best teas. Upon returning to Tokyo, he decided to open Souen Sakurai and share his knowledge with the public.

Despite costing over 3,000 yen for the complete experience, know that you’re only receiving the best of the best teas in Japan. 

Price: à la carte 320 yen/course 3,800 yen

Website: Souen Sakurai 櫻井焙茶研究所

Address: 5-6-23 Minami Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0062

Access: Omote-Sando Station

 

4. Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

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Is it a flower market or a tea house? It’s both. Surrounded by greens and flora, this relaxing atmosphere makes for a great getaway from the “concrete jungle.” In addition to its soothing teas, try their scrumptious French toast.

Price: <1,000 yen

Website: Aoyama Flower Market Tea House

Address: 5-1-2 Minami Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo 107-0062

Access: Omote-Sando Station

 

5. Kosoan (古桑庵)

Located just 5 minutes from Jiyugaoka Station, Kosoan is a hidden gem in Tokyo. With no English signs to let you know that you’ve arrived, it may be hard to find; however, it’s well worth the trouble. Kosoan looks like a traditional Japanese house; it has a small but beautiful garden. Tea sets include one drink and one dessert.

Price: 530-930 yen/set

Website: Kosoan (古桑庵) 

Address:  1-24 Jiyugaoka, Meguro, Tokyo 152-0035

Access: Jiyugaoka Station 

 

6. Yamamotoyama (山本山 日本橋本店) 

Yamamotoyama (山本山 日本橋本店)

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Founded in 1690, Yamamotoyama is one of the oldest tea shops in Japan. Yamamotoyama has several branches throughout Japan, but this one in Nihonbashi was the first. Not only is this tea house ideal for relaxing and having a cup of tea, it also stocks some of the best Japanese teas. 

Price: 500-1,000 yen/set

Website: Yamamotoyama (山本山 日本橋本店) 

Address: 2−5−2 Nihonbashi, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0027

Access: Nihonbashi Station

 

7. Ippoudouchaho (一保堂茶舗)

Ippoudouchaho (一保堂茶舗)

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Highly recommended by Japanese and foreigners alike, Ippoudouchaho is definitely a place to add to your Tokyo itinerary. The menu is written in both English and Japanese. Additionally, the friendly and helpful staff are very much in line with Japan’s hospitable reputation. Come here and enjoy a nice hot tea in peace. 

Price: 1,000-2,000 yen

Website: Ippoudouchaho (一保堂茶舗)

Address: 1F, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005

Access: Yurakucho Station

 

8. Yakumo Saryo (八雲茶寮)

Yakumo Saryo (八雲茶寮)

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This elegantly designed establishment is sure to impress you with its traditional breakfast and tea sets. Despite having no Michelin stars, this is one of the fanciest tea house in the city. 

Price: 5,000-6,000 yen 

Website: Yakumo Saryo (八雲茶寮)

Address: 3-4-7 Yakumo, Meguro, Tokyo 152-0023

Access: Toritsudaigaku Station 

 

9. Sabo Nonohana (茶房 野の花)

Sabo Nonohana (茶房 野の花)

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Originally a flower shop, Sabo Nonohana is small but cozy. Hiding in the backstreets of Ginza, this tearoom shows us a quiet side to the bustling shopping district. They offer light meals and a variety of tea sets. All of which can be seen on their menu here

Price: 770-1,130 yen

Website: Sabo Nonohana (茶房 野の花) 

Address: 3-7-21 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0061

Access: Ginza, Ginza Itchome or Ginza Higashi Station

 

10. Tsukimasa Shimokitazawa (つきまさ下北沢)

Tsukimasa Shimokitazawa (つきまさ下北沢)

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Tokyo’s trendiest district, Shimokitazawa, is home to this traditional tea house. Their exquisite teapots, cups and specialty teas are also sold here.  

Price: 150-900 yen

Website: Tsukimasa Shimokitazawa

Address: 5-28-16 Daizawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0032

Access: Shimokitazawa Station

 

11. Chasekimantei (茶席 万亭)

Chasekimantei (茶席 万亭)

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After exploring the ins and outs of Kichijoji, head over to Chasekimantei to unwind. Located next to Inokashira Park, this tea house is hard to miss especially with a big sign (万亭) at the front gate.

For more things to do in the general vicinity, check out: Kichijoji, Tokyo – An Area Guide.

Price: 500-1,000 yen 

Website: Chasekimantei (茶席 万亭)’s Tabelog 

Address: 1-19-19 Kichijoji, Minamicho, Musashino, Tokyo 180-0003

Access: Kichijoji Station

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12. Shimokitachaenooyama (しもきた茶苑 大山)

Shimokitachaenooyama (しもきた茶苑 大山)

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With their shaved ice being extremely delicious, it’s no surprise that Shimokitachaenooyama is popular amongst locals.

Price: <1,000 yen

Website: Shimokitachaenooyama

Address: 2-30-2 Shimokitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0031   

Access: Shimokitazawa Station

 

13. Chachakoubou (茶々工房)

Chachakoubou (茶々工房)

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Established in 2003, Chachakoubou combines traditional and modern tea practices – making it a unique cafe. On top of its popular shaved ice and tea sets, it also offers all you can eat and all you drink courses.

Price: à la carte 350-1,000 yen/courses 3,000-4,000 yen

Website: Chachakoubou (茶々工房)

Address: 2-21-19 Nishiwaseda Shinjuku Tokyo 

Access: Nishi-Waseda Station 

 

14. Giontsujiri (祇園辻利)

Giontsujiri (祇園辻利)

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Located in Tokyo Skytree, Giontsujiri is famous for its parfaits and soft serve. Rather than being a cafe, Giontsujiri is a stall. So why not enjoy your sweet treat as you take in the spectacular views that Tokyo Skytree has to offer? 

Price: <1,000 yen

Website: Giontsujiri (祇園辻利)

Address: 1-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida, Tokyo 131-0045

Access: Tokyo Skytree Station

 

15. Sateizenkashoin (茶庭 然花抄院)

Sateizenkashoin (茶庭 然花抄院)

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Located in one of the tallest building in the ward, Shibuya Hikarie, Sateizenkashoin provides a convenient break from exploring this shopping mall. Though its tea and sweets are pricey, they’re well worth it. 

Price: 1,000-2,000 yen 

Website: Sateizenkashoin (茶庭 然花抄院)

Address: ShinQs 5F, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-8509

Access: Shibuya Station

 

16. Morinoen (森乃園)

Morinoen (森乃園)

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If you’re a fan of Japanese TV, you may recognize this cafe from Kodoku No Gourmet (孤独のグルメ). Morinoen offers shaved ice and soft serve, but it’s their yummy parfaits that keep people coming back for more.

Price: 300-1,000 yen

Website: Morinoen (森乃園)

Address: 2-4-9 Nihonbashiningyocho, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0013

Access: Ningyocho Station

 

17. Kyouhayashiya (京はやしや)

Kyouhayashiya (京はやしや)

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Founded in Kawasaki three decades ago, this Japanese confectionary shop is famous for its green tea treats. Now, Kyouhayashiya has several branches – including several in central Tokyo (e.g. Ginza, Hibiya and Shinjuku).

Price: >1,000 yen

Website: Kyouhayashiya (京はやしや)

Address: Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, 72-1 Horikawacho, Saiwai, Kawasaki, Kanagawa 212-8576

Access: Kawasaki Station 

 

18. Nana’s Green Tea (自由が丘店)

Nana's Green Tea (自由が丘店)

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Nana’s Green Tea is incredibly foreigner friendly. Its English menu has pictures of their green tea drinks, parfaits and sweets. 

Price: 360-930 yen

Website: Nana’s Green Tea (自由が丘店)

Address: 1-29-18 Jiyugaoka, Meguro, Tokyo 152-0035

Access: Jiyugaoka Station

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