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5 superb tea houses in Kyoto featuring exquisite Japanese sweets

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Experience Kyoto to its fullest at these five wonderful 'amamidokoro', traditional cafes featuring Japanese style sweets and high-grade teas.

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Ippodo Tea House

This is a wonderful quaint store and tea house with a history spanning three centuries. You can sample premium quality teas and have a matcha tea set that comes with a small traditional Japanese confectionary.

The highly-recommended tasting course is ¥1,000 and will allow you to try four different teas. You will learn a lot about Japanese tea preparation during the process! The service is impeccable and the staff speaks good English.

Tea sets are ¥1,000 to ¥2,000 and the sweets that are served with it reflect the seasons.
Located a 5-minute walk from Kyoto Shiyakushomae station.

Gion Komori

This large traditional tea house specializes in matcha green tea and sweets made from matcha. The parfaits are so lovely and irresistible with their fresh scent of matcha powder. You'll love how the slightly bitter taste of matcha and its distinctive umami blends with the sweet taste of ice cream. There are also some simple glutenous rice cakes sprinkled with matcha powder that come with 'kuromitsu' (black sugar sauce).

Gion Komori has a relaxing interior featuring tatami mats for the flooring and traditional low tables at which you sit on the floor on cushions.
Located near Gion-Shijo station.

Saryo Tsujiri

Saryo Tsujiri is a famous Kyoto-style authentic cafe serving green teas with Japanese desserts made with matcha jelly, rice cake balls, adzuki sweet beans, etc. They are particularly famous for their beautiful and tasty matcha parfaits of which they have several kinds to choose from. Also worth trying is their kakigori (shave ice) desserts which are a very popular choice during the sweltering heat of Kyoto's summer.

Saka Maruyama

For a truly Kyoto-style zen experience, this tea house located within Parc Maruyama might be an excellent choice. They serve sweets that are stunningly beautiful yet very simple, embodying the zen tradition regarding food. The tea is also very high-end and a bit on the expensive side. Expect to pay between ¥600 to ¥1,000 for a cup. They have a wide variety of choices from roasted green tea to rich matcha.

You'll be amazed by the smoothing zen decor the moment you walk in. There are some cushions on the floor and all the seats are at a large wooden counter.

Jouvencelle

Jouvencelle is not a traditional tea house but it offers a unique twist on tea sets inspired by the tradition. They serve a really lovely green tea chocolate fondue that comes with beautiful assortments of fruits and Japanese sweets such as dango (dumplings) to dip into it. One thing to note is that they serve a variety of sweets made from premium quality Uji matcha (including the fondue mentioned here) but the drink menu does not include green tea.

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