Where to buy best
Table of Contents
- WHAT IS MATCHA
- Famous Brands
- Marukyu Koyamaen (丸久小山園)
- Yamamasa Koyamaen (山政小山園)
- Ippodo Tea Store (一保堂茶舗)
- Chanoha (茶の葉)
- Gion Tsujiri (祇園辻利)
- Bonus Tip
WHAT IS MATCHA – Where To Buy Best Matcha
Let us share a little knowledge about
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Matcha is made from Tencha (碾茶: てんちゃ） while powdered green tea is made from Sencha (煎茶: せんちゃ) that is widely known as usual green tea everyone consume.
Tencha is grown in a special way by using shades to let them grow without strong sunlights that makes them contain more “Umami” flavor. It prevents Umami flavor changes to be catechin. Additionally, shading from sunlight gives the leaves darker green color compared to the ones with a lot of sunlight. It requires a lot of care and effort when they grow and the time of harvest as well. After they are picked, they get steamed, dried, and powdered. All these procedures make powdered tencha = matcha expensive compared to the usual powdered Sencha (usual green tea we consume).
The powdered sencha, familiar green tea powder we see everywhere, has its own goodness aside from reasonable price. It contains a lot of catechin which is good for your health by neutralizing poisonous active oxygen. Having a cup of hot green tea (without sugar) after a meal is quite a popular drinking habit in Japan.
What Makes the Best Matcha?
So what makes the best
Since there are a large number of different tea trees that produce
Different Producing Regions
Uji in Kyoto and Nishio in Aichi prefectures are two well-known tea producing regions in Japan. Especially in Uji, they have a history of developing cultivation, production, and processing technology of tencha for long years. The climate and soil are suitable for producing tencha and there are many experienced tea pickers for first-class products, that make them the best producer of tencha compared to other regions. In addition to that, the trees that have planted for tea production is Yabukita, however, they have been planting is unique plants that are best for tencha in Kyoto.
Having said that, the cultivation and processing techniques of other regions are largely improved, you can’t really tell the quality of matcha merely by its producing region.
Be careful there are some products with some additives to make
Famous Brands – Where to buy best
There are several brands and specific tea producing regions in Japan, so knowing them by names would help you decide which one to pick.
Uji in Kyoto (宇治， 京都)
Wazuka-cho in Kyoto (和束町, 京都)
This is also known for producing high-quality green tea in Kyoto. Specifically, they boast the first-rate production of
Compared to the blended
Nishio in Aichi prefecture (西尾, 愛知県)
Aichi prefecture is known to be the 2nd largest production of matcha next to Kyoto. 西尾の抹茶 (Nishio no Matcha) is a well-known brand of them that is accepted by Japan Patent Office.
Although the tea of Shizuoka is known for producing excellent sencha, they produce the first-class tencha as well that would make wonderful matcha.
Suzuka in Mie prefecture (鈴鹿, 三重県)
It’s known for the best producer of Kabusecha that is
Where to buy best matcha?
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Marukyu Koyamaen (丸久小山園)
Marukyu Koyamaen was founded in the late 17th century by Koyama Kyujiro. He started to cultivate and produce tea in Kokura, Uji, Kyo and they began to sell tea products fourth generations after him.
They have a strict standard of production for the color, taste, flavor. To keep its quality and safety, they run tests of viable bacteria count; coliform group; yeasts; molds. They examine residual agrochemical to make sure their products are all clean.
Additionally, they only sell genuine
You can contact them via email for further information!
Yamamasa Koyamaen (山政小山園)
They say their tea factory is rather to be called “studio” filled with passion and inquisitive minds which reminds us of some studios in Italy full of talents of art. Just like painters pursue to find their original and best method, they pursue only the best quality green tea.
Since they are located in Kyoto, there are several retailers in Kyoto. They don’t deal with online products.
Ippodo Tea Store (一保堂茶舗)
The head store is in Kyoto, but there is a branch in Marunouchi, Tokyo as well. They offer you a
GREAT NEWS! They have an online store where you can buy their excellent products in English. Check them out from here.
Note that Ippodo Tea Store has a branch in New York, too! Check out their website from here Ippodo Tea Store New York.
Ippodo Tea Flagship Store
Address: 52 Tokiwagicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-0915
Hours: 10 AM – 6 PM
Tea Store Tokyo Marunouchi
Address: Kokusai Bldg. Dori, 3 Chome−1−1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo, 100-0005
Hours: 11 AM – 7 PM
Chanoha is in Ginza where you can relax and enjoy matcha to the fullest. What makes their products unique is that they put importance on flavor and taste more than the appearance. So that they do not remove stems or flakes that would affect the taste of the tea. This is specially called “Aracha finishing” (粗茶). If you seek for the taste and flavor of the whole matcha, this is the right store for you. They have an online store where you can buy your favorite matcha in English.
Hours: 10 AM – 8 PM
Address: B1F Matsuya Ginza Building, 3-6-1, Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-8130
Gion Tsujiri (祇園辻利)
Gion Tsujiri is one of the most recognized matcha stores in Japan.
The flagship store is in Kyoto, which has been running since 1860 and there are two other stores there. If you happen to be in Tokyo, you’re in luck you can visit them in Marunochi where you can easily find since it’s in Daimaru Tokyo Store that is directly connected to Tokyo station. Additionally, there is another branch in Asakusa, You can enjoy sweets along with the wonderful aroma of Japanese tea. They have a mission to hand the tradition of preparing and drinking Japanese to younger generations.Gion Tsujiri Flagship Store Kyoto
Address: 573-3 Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0074
Hours: Mon-Fri 10 AM – 8 PM
Sat-Sun 10 AM – 7:30 PM
Address: Tokyo Daimaru Store (10th floor), 1 Chome−9−1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo, 100-0005
Hours: Sat-Wed 10 AM-7:30 PM
Thu-Fri 10 AM – 8:30 PM
Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045
Hours: 11 AM – 11 PM
This is a bonus for you who understands Japanese so you can enjoy the wide selection of matcha products. There is even a matcha lip balm! Ujicha Gion Tsujiri Online Store
Have you found your favorite store? Have you already visited any of them? Let us know your experience there!
If you happen to be in the main cities in Japan, chances are, you can choose the best one for you in some department stores. Check the basement floor so you’ll have a large selection of
You can also check our articles about matcha which would be an excellent reference if you happen to be in Tokyo physically!
If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll enjoy this article.