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Tatsumiya Restaurant

Uji, a town built around the World Heritage site Byodoin Buddhist temple, has the best tea houses in Japan

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A longstanding ryotei

In addition to food, tea is indispensable when it comes to Japanese culture. Uji that is located in the southeast of Kyoto Prefecture is well known for being a top-class tea producer, even among all of the other numerous tea producing areas in Japan. They use unique cultivation methods to raise the flavor of the tea leaves, such as blocking the sunlight by covering them with shrouds before harvesting the leaves. The Uji tea made with excellent processing, and blending techniques is widely known both in and outside Japan as the highest quality green tea.

Among them, you can experience the charm of tea through the representative tea ceremony and matcha cuisine. Both of them have authentic content that is led by professionals.

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  • You can experience a tea ceremony at the tearoom Taihoan even if you have never done it before and know nothing about it.

    You can experience a tea ceremony at the tearoom Taihoan even if you have never done it before and know nothing about it.

  • The instructor's tea ceremony procedures. You can't take your eyes off of the flowing gestures.

    The instructor's tea ceremony procedures. You can't take your eyes off of the flowing gestures.

  • The instructor explains in detail how to use the tools and the etiquette.

    The instructor explains in detail how to use the tools and the etiquette.

  • Calmly make tea by using authentic tools.

    Calmly make tea by using authentic tools.

  • A longstanding ryotei with a purely Japanese architecture situated on the bank of the Uji River.

    A longstanding ryotei with a purely Japanese architecture situated on the bank of the Uji River.

  • The vice-proprietress dressed in a kimono will explain things to you in English.

    The vice-proprietress dressed in a kimono will explain things to you in English.

  • The beautiful scenery of the Uji River spreads out beyond the windows.

    The beautiful scenery of the Uji River spreads out beyond the windows.

  • Soichiro Hidari is the head chef and 8th generation owner of Tatsumiya.

    Soichiro Hidari is the head chef and 8th generation owner of Tatsumiya.

  • An example of a matcha cuisine course.

    An example of a matcha cuisine course.

  • Matcha tofu. This is one of their specialties that harmonizes the flavor of soybeans with the taste of the matcha.

    Matcha tofu. This is one of their specialties that harmonizes the flavor of soybeans with the taste of the matcha.

  • Lily bulb topped with matcha, fresh tofu skin, and crab with matcha dressing.

    Lily bulb topped with matcha, fresh tofu skin, and crab with matcha dressing.

Reviews

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  • Happy Ronin

    This was such a unique and special experience. After entering the small beautiful teahouse we were met by three older women clad in beautiful kimonos. This was a pure experience of Japanese customs and etiquette. After watching a full tea ceremony, step by step, and seeing the ceremonial way of drinking the refined and revered Kyoto green team, we were given the chance to learn and try it ourselves. There were about 10 steps just to clean the cup before we even started making the tea. The woman who taught us had been making matcha for over 60 years. She, one could say, is a tea master. She was very helpful and tried to use sweet english phrases like, "Relax and make yourself at home." I enjoyed it so much that I will be looking into making matcha for myself at home.
    The matcha themed restaurant and dinner was so impressive in both presentation and substance. The variety of meats, seafoods, vegetables, and legumes were so well blended throughout the meal. From blowfish jelly, ume sea cumber, and pink candied shrimp tempura to nasu miso dengaku (miso topped grilled egg plant), each item and each bite was a surprise full of wonderful new tastes.

  • Katie Allen

    Learning about the tea etiquette and getting to make our own matcha. Experiencing a variety of matcha dishes.

  • Lioneye

    The tea ceremony experience

  • Matthias

    Experiencing an actual tea ceremony was great. And doing it by myself was very interesting.

  • Diana

    Very interesting experience which helps to get deeply into Japanese culture. Food service is very beautiful and the food itself is delicious

  • Steve

    I enjoyed the tea ceremony and the class, the teacher was very old and cute. Her English was actually very good, though she only said a few set phrases like "make yourself at home." The small snacks included in the tea ceremony were delicious! The restaurant has an incredible array of matcha dishes and one of the waiters could speak English very well. The restaurant was beautiful and the presentation of the food was so nice.

  • Coop

    The tea ceremony was definitely the highlight of the tour. Getting to make your own tea being taught by a master was amazing.

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Experience information

Name of facility
Tatsumiya
Name of experience
Matcha cuisine where you can "eat tea" that is unique to a ryotei in Uji, and a tea ceremony workshop
Address
3-7 Togawa, Uji, Uji City, Kyoto 611-0021
Business Hours
11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Closed
No scheduled holidays
Estimate
Starts at 7,500 yen
Payment methods
Cash or credit card (VISA, Mastercard, JCB, American Express, Diners Club, MUFG, UC, DC, NICOS, UFJ)
Number of guests accepted (groups)
Up to 10 people in a group, and up to 20 people in a single day
* We offer support such as shifting the mealtime.
Telephone number
0774-21-3131
Foreign language support
English
Note
A reservation is required at least one week in advance. Please understand beforehand that we may not be able to accept a reservation due to circumstances with the reservations.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)